"1,30,000 samples have been tested so far. The positivity rate ranges between 3-5% in last 1-1.5 months. It has not increased substantially. Yesterday we tested 13,143 samples," ICMR official said.

ICMR said on April 8, 2020, till 9 PM IST, 13,143 samples have been reported. Of these, 320 were tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

The Joint Secretary of the Health Ministry said that the RNOT component (which is the number of persons to whom an infected person can spread the disease) of coronavirus is between 1.5 to 4 for COVID-19.

"A total of 1,01,068 samples have been tested as on April 9, 9 pm. 4135 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases in India," said ICMR.

When asked about the coronavirus testing capacity per day, he said: "We have been saying that our current capacity is 13,000.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set a fresh protocol for healthcare workers to start with rapid antibody-based blood test for COVID-19.

In India, there are a total of 1,637 cases of COVID-19 as of now, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The acceleration is like a T 20 cricket match. WHO has warned that the coronavirus disease pandemic is "accelerating", with more than 300,000 cases now confirmed.

Uttar Pradesh government has put 16 districts under total lockdown till March 25, which include Agra, Lucknow, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Varanasi, Lakhimpur Khiri, Bareilly, Azamgarh, Kanpur, Meerut, Prayagraj, Aligarh, Gorakhpur, Pilibhit, and Saharanpur.

"States have been asked to strictly enforce the lockdown in the areas where it has been announced. Legal action will be taken against violators," a tweet by Principal Director General of PIB, KS Dhatwalia read.