India crossed the three-million-case milestone on Sunday, 17 days after it crossed the two-million mark [File: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP]
Health experts are concerned about the Indian government’s decision to implement rapid tests – which screen for antigens, or viral proteins – as authorities ramp up coronavirus tests amid surging infections.
India crossed the three-million-case milestone on Sunday, 17 days after it crossed the two-million mark. It is the worst-affected country in Asia, and third behind the United States and Brazil globally.
In June, the world’s second-most populous nation began using cheaper, faster, but less accurate tests to scale up testing – a strategy that the US is now considering.
These rapid tests boosted India’s testing levels nearly five-fold within two months. But government numbers suggest some