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Centre asks 13 states to ramp up covid-19 testing

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NEW DELHI : Noting a decline in covid-19 testing, the central government on Wednesday wrote to over 13 states including West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab, to ramp up testing as the coronavirus cases in these states are surging and weekly testing rates are decreasing.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan through a letter written to Nagaland, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Kerala, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Ladakh emphasised on maintaining high testing rates given the recent increase in travelling due to events like marriages, festivals and vacations that have recently concluded or are underway.  "A decrease in testing would undermine the actual infection spread within the

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