Steps taken to tackle the Covid situation in Delhi

Sample testing doubled from about 4,000 to 8,000 daily

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Door-to-door health survey of residents undertaken in 242 Containment Zones of Delhi; 77% population covered, remaining to be completed by 20 June. Photo - Outlook India via internet

In pursuance of decisions taken by the union home minister Amit Shah during a series of meetings held on Sunday and Monday,14 and 15 June, to handle the Covid-19 situation in Delhi, sample testing doubled has been immediately. A total of 16,618 test samples were collected on 15 and 16 June. Daily collection of samples varied between 4,000 to 4,500 till 14 June. Reports of 6,510 tests have been received till 17 June.

As part of decisions taken by the Union Home Minister at Covid management meetings, a door-to-door health survey of residents has been undertaken in 242 containment zones of Delhi. Out of the total population of 2,30,466 in these zones, a complete survey of 1,77,692 persons was carried out on 15 and 16 June. The remaining persons will be covered by 20 June. The committee headed by V K Paul on rates has fixed rates to be charged by testing laboratories at Rs 2,400.

According to new protocol approved by ICMR, testing for Covid-19 will be done with new Rapid Antigen methodology from 18 June. This technique will be much faster and cheaper. Priority for the supply of kits will be given to Delhi, and a total of 169 centers are set up in Delhi for the collection and testing of samples.

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