For the first time, the number of RT-PCR tests in Delhi has exceeded the number of rapid antigen tests, informed the Ministry of Home Affairs.
A week after Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting to review the coronavirus situation in Delhi, the spokesperson of the Home Ministry has informed that for the first time, the number of RT-PCR tests in Delhi has exceeded the number of rapid antigen tests. It was also informed that over 3.7 lakh people have been surveyed as part of the efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in the national capital.
“Following Union Home Minister Amit Shah taking lead in ramping up medical infrastructure and leading new strategy to combat COVID surge in Delhi. For the first time number of RT-PCR tests in Delhi have exceeded Rapid Antigen Tests,” a spokesperson of the Home Ministry said.
Covid infrastructure ramped up
1. The number of real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests in the city have surpassed the number of rapid antigen tests on Friday.
2. A total of 250 ventilators have been delivered to the DRDO hospital and are being installed.
3. The house-to-house survey, as directed by Shah, has started in Delhi and till Friday, 3,70,729 people have been surveyed.
4. 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 November 15 after Delhi saw fresh spike in COVID-19 cases.
The spurt in coronavirus cases in Delhi has been witnessed since October 28 when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time and it crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11.
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.