New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Council of Medical Research on Monday said that an order of five lakh rapidly antibody testing kits for COVID19 tests in hotspots have been placed and that they 2.5 lakh kits will be delivered by April 9. 

"An order has been placed for 5 lakh testing kits for COVID19. 2.5 lakh kits to be delivered on April 8 or 9 as promised by the company," ICMR's R Gangakhedkar told reporters.

When he was questioned about the COVID-19 testing capacity per day, he added, "We have been saying that our current capacity is 13,000. If we do it in two shifts. It can be increased to 25,000. If we use all our resources, then it will be increased to such a level that the people don't have to care about testing," as quoted by news agency ANI.

The kits will help in conducting COVID-19 tests in hotspot areas where a large number of cases are being reported. ICMR will get delivery in a phased manner, while it is expected that they will get five lakh kits in the first phase.

During the daily press conference of Union Health Ministry, the ICMR also said that the identification of hotspots, rate of doubling to determine the lockdown timeline. "Identification of hotspots will be a crucial step in determining lifting of the lockdown at the national and regional level," said Raman R. Gangakhedkar - Head Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India has climbed to 4067, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. At least 693 fresh cases have been reported in the last 24 hours out of which 1,445 cases are related to Tablighi Jamaat. There are 3666 active cases in the country while 292 people have been cured/discharged/migrated. 

(with ANI inputs)

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