1. A sophisticated COVID-19 testing machine has been installed by the ICMR at the Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences (RMRIMS) for carrying out faster testing of samples. 2. The COBAS 6800 machine, capable of conducting up to 1,500 tests per day. 3. The machine, enabled with robotics, minimizes the chance of contamination as well as the risk of infection to healthcare workers since it can be operated remotely with limited human intervention. 4. After the COVID-19 spread is controlled, the machine can also be used to detect other pathogens such as viral hepatitis B and C, HIV, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), cytomegalovirus (CMV), chlamydia, Neisseria and dengue.