Number of RT-PCR tests exceed rapid antigen tests for first time in Delhi, says MHA amid efforts to curb COVID-19 surge

The spurt in Delhi's COVID-19 cases began on 28 Oct, when the daily spike breached the 5,000-mark for the first time. On 11 Nov, it crossed the 8,000-mark

Press Trust of India November 22, 2020 13:36:30 IST
Number of RT-PCR tests exceed rapid antigen tests for first time in Delhi, says MHA amid efforts to curb COVID-19 surge

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New Delhi: For the first time, the number of RT-PCR tests in Delhi has exceeded the number of rapid antigen tests, while over 3.7 lakh people have been surveyed as part of the efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in the national capital, the Union Home Ministry said on Sunday.

Amid the spurt in coronavirus cases in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah directed authorities to ramp up medical infrastructure and formulating a new strategy to combat the COVID-19 surge in Delhi.

"For the first time, the number of RT-PCR tests in Delhi have exceeded the rapid antigen tests," a spokesperson of the Home Ministry said.

According to sources, the number of real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests in the city surpassed the number of rapid antigen tests on Friday.

A total of 250 ventilators have been delivered to the DRDO hospital and are being installed. The house-to-house survey, as directed by Shah, has started in Delhi and till Friday, 3,70,729 people have been surveyed.

AIIMS has also started the process for recruitment of additional 207 Junior Resident doctors, the spokesperson said.

The actions come in the wake of 12 decisions taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Shah on 15 November after Delhi saw fresh spike in COVID-19 cases.

The spurt in coronavirus cases in Delhi has been witnessed since 28 October when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time and it crossed the 8,000-mark on 11 November.

Delhi recorded 5,879 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday and a positivity rate of 12.90 per cent, while 111 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,270.

The rising coronavirus cases in Delhi were attributed to the festive season, non-compliance of the COVID-19 safety behaviour and rising pollution in the city.

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