Clear bottlenecks to scale up COVID-19 testing: Rahul to PM

Congress has been urging the government to increase random testing in the country

Rahul Gandhi had given up the party’s stewardship following the abject defeat of Congress in 2019 general elections | File Photo

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday (April 26) urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear “bottlenecks” and ramp up coronavirus testing in the country.

Quoting experts, Gandhi said, “random testing is the key to beating the virus”.

“India has to scale up COVID-19 testing from the current 40,000 to one lakh tests per day,” he said.


“Experts agree that mass random testing is the key to beating Corona. In India, a bottleneck is stopping us from scaling testing from the current 40,000 per day to 1 lakh tests a day, for which test kits are already in stock.

PM needs to act fast and clear the bottleneck,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

Congress has been urging the government to increase random testing in the country.

Previously also, Gandhi criticised the government over the rise in prices of petrol and diesel even after a fall in global oil prices.

He also raised questions about freezing the dearness allowance of the central government employees and pensioners.

Related news: India records lowest daily growth rate of COVID-19 since it crossed 100 cases

Rahul Gandhi is a part of the 11-member consultative group, headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss matters related to COVID-19.

However, on Saturday, the government said the average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in the country is 9.1 days and the country recorded a six per cent growth in new cases, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed 100 cases.

The number of COVID-19 caes in India crossed 26,000 mark on Sunday.

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