Amid rising COVID cases in the past two weeks, the Karnataka government is planning to increase testing capacity to 25,000 samples a day, said a minister on Tuesday.
"Due to increase in cases in the last two weeks, the government is trying to scale up testing to 15,000 to 25,000 samples per day," said Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar.
He said people living in crowded places, sanitation workers, street vendors, healthcare workers, police and other frontline staff would be extensively tested.
"It has also been decided to mandatorily test all those who have symptoms of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI)," he said.
Similarly, all people over 50 with ILI symptoms will be tested.
The health department will also randomly test samples in old containment zones to make sure that the infection is not recurring.
Currently, there are 72 Covid testing labs in the southern state, 41 government operated and 31 private labs.
However, for a few days, the number of Covid tests in the state have plummeted.
On Monday, the health department has tested only 5,362 samples across the state.
Likewise, on Tuesday, only 7,936 samples were tested, diverging from earlier weeks when around 10,000 cases were tested on an average.
In all, 4.57 lakh samples have been tested so far, of which 4.39 lakh have tested negative.