Vietnam conducts over 1 million RT-PCR tests in hunt for COVID-19

VOV.VN - A total of 1,009,145 samples had been taken between late January and August 24 in Vietnam for the purpose of RT-PCR testing to check for signs of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) among the local population.

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According to statistics released by the General Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health, 11,698 samples were tested on August 24 alone.

Most notably, the daily capacity of samples for RT-PCR tests over the past month has increased by five to six times in comparison to the previous peaks between March and April.

During the initial 44-day stage from January 22 to March 5, a total of 3,094 samples were taken, while the second 47-day stage between March 6 and April 22 saw 182,109 samples tested.

Furthermore, as many as 237,815 samples were taken during the third 91-day stage from April 23 to July 23, and the fourth 30-day stage from July 24 to the present has witnessed 485,215 samples tested.

The Ministry of Health has licensed 71 laboratories nationwide to conduct RT-PCR tests, with an overall capacity of 34,000 samples per day.