CHANDIGARH, India

With the number of novel coronavirus cases in India continuing to rise and the death toll climbing to 136 on Tuesday, health experts have called for more testing in the country.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as of Monday afternoon, they had tested 101,068 samples — a very minimal number in a country of 1.3 billion people — as the first coronavirus case in the country was reported on Jan. 30.

The council also said 136 government laboratories and 56 private laboratories have been made functional and these laboratories have a capacity of 18,000

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