In line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation, almost all states and UTs in India are testing more than 140 samples “per day per million population”, the health ministry said, underlining higher testing on a sustained basis has aided in bringing down the positivity rate. The national cumulative positivity rate declined over the last 11 days to 8.2%. Currently, six states and one UT have a less than 5% positivity rate, whereas 22 are below national average, indicating the rate of infection spread is being contained in many parts. The national average of tests per day per million population stands at 865. India has conducted 60,323 tests per million population so far, whereas the US has done 344,858 and Brazil – which has the third highest number of total Covid cases reported so far – has performed 84,051 tests per million population. Bihar, Mizoram, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Himachal Pradesh have cumulative positivity rates of below 5%. India has stepped up its testing capacity over last six months with over 1,900 laboratories under the ICMR network including government and private ones. The country’s testing capacities have multiplied manifolds and more than 15 lakh samples can be tested every day now. With 11,94,321 tests on Wednesday, the cumulative tests in India have now crossed 8.34 crore. Higher testing across wide regions leads to early identification of positive cases, prompt tracking through efficient surveillance and tracing, and timely and effective treatment in homes or facilities and in hospitals for the severe cases, the ministry said. These measures in tandem eventually lead to lower mortality rate, it added. Helped by more recoveries and fewer new cases, the active case load remained below 10 lakh for the 17th day on Wednesday. A total of 78,524 new confirmed cases were reported during Wednesday, whereas 83,011 people were discharged on recovery.