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Increase The COVID-19 Test: The Health Ministry Advised States And Union Territories On Friday

The Union Health Ministry has advised the States and Union Territories (UT) to increase the COVID-19 testing levels to track the undetected and missed out patients, even as Bihar (1.81%), Uttar Pradesh (2.95%), Jharkhand (2.99%) and Gujarat (3.09%) are among the top 20 States/UTs to have COVID-19 positivity rate less than the current national average of 6.95%. In a direction on Friday, the Ministry urged the States and UTs to adopt aggressive and widespread testing to ensure prompt COVID-19 identification of effective tracing, containment and subsequent treatment. Data released by the Ministry said that in the last 24 hours, 45,882 persons were found to be infected with the virus. Ten States/UTs accounted for 78.2% of the total active caseload, with Maharashtra leading the tally with 18.19% of the share.

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