UGC asks institutes to use RT-PCR devices in hospitals and laboratories
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NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked higher education and research institutions to facilitate the use of RT-PCR testing equipment in nearby district hospitals and government laboratories running Covid-19 tests to help fight the pandemic support said on Monday.

The Higher Education Authority has determined that the temporary use of such machines can create additional facilities for around 60,000 tests per day.

“In order to meet the increasing demand for Covid-19 testing, it is important that the testing centers are further strengthened with the addition of more RT-PCR devices. There are a large number of devices available at educational and research institutions in various departments available are capable of performing RT-PCR tests and are not currently used in any critical area, “said UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain.

“It has been clarified that temporary use of such machines in district hospitals and state laboratories can create additional testing facilities with around 60,000 tests per day.

“With this in mind, all higher education and research institutions are asked to facilitate the temporary use of machines from the institutes in consultation with the Department of Health Research in district hospitals and government laboratories that are running Covid-19 tests by August 31,” he added .

A one-day increase of 61,408 new cases caused India’s viral load to exceed 31 lakh on Monday, one day after exceeding 30 lakh, while recovery rates rose to 23,38,035 and recovery rates reportedly surpassed 75 percent the data of the Ministry of Health of the Union.

The death toll from Covid-19 in India rose to 57,542, with 836 more deaths reported within 24 hours. This was shown by the data updated at 8 a.m.

According to the ICMR, a total of 3,59,02,137 samples had been tested as of Aug 23, with 6,09,917 samples tested on Sunday.

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