Delhi Govt to initiate massive testing to identify hotspots with 1 lakh kits

Random tests will be carried out in the city, and average tests of 1000 to 1500 per day are intended for the Government.
 

by Nithiya

Updated: Apr 09, 2020 10:49 IST

Tags: India Corona
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Random COVID-19 tests in Delhi

The Delhi government is to launch a significant test drive across the city on Friday to identify hotspots to contain the spread of Covid-19 with the availability of 1 lakh coronavirus quick test kits.

The head of the health department told IANS that " The random tests are very crucial to check the community spread of the virus. This will help in spotting the cases faster and taking the other steps in an appropriate direction, like declaring an area a hotspot and containment zone". Random tests are carried out in the city, and the Government aims at 1,000 to 1,500 tests a day on average.

The Ministry of Health notes that an area where ten or more cases of infection occur is referred to as a cluster, and if several groups form and can spread in any region, they are referred to as a hotspot.

For coronavirus, however, this is a new concept, and, according to the official's recommendations, only a region with one positive case may be called a hotspot. When an area has become a hotspot, the authorities shall be entitled to restrict people's movement and make the city a containment area – locking down a given geographical area to stop the Covid-19 outbreak.

The District Magistrate is notified of the containment zones, intended to monitor local disease transmission and prevent the spread of infection. The motion of the ordinary people with the authorities who take care of vital services is completely shut down. The surroundings and houses are thoroughly sanitized.

Several pockets of containment have so far begun in the town of Krishan Kunj, Khichripur, Malviya Nagar, Sangam Vihar, and Patparganj, including sections of Nizamuddin, Dilshad Garden, Vasundhara Enclave, Kalyanpuri, Pandav Nagar.

"We, therefore, hold our focus on testing so that if more cases are detected, the people are contained in a small area," said the official. The test was only carried out, as instructed by the Center, with those with apparent symptoms.

We also had limited capacity for testing. Now the process is conducted at a higher speed with faster test kits and helps reduce the infection. Delhi has registered nearly 600 positive cases since the outbreak of the virus, with more than 50 percent of Nizamuddin Markaz with more than 2,300 persons from around the world and from country staying under one roof without any social distance. In essence, the kits are being given to several private hospitals that assist the Government in the process.

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