ICMR to collect 8k more samples from Delhi for RT-PCR tests

Following Home Minister Amit Shah’s meeting on Sunday with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi government has received ventilators and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines from the Centre and the ICMR has decided to increase the number of samples from Delhi that can be sent for RT-PCR tests in the former’s labs, by nearly 8,000 a day, officials told The Hindu .

Also, about 58.1 lakh people live in high-risk areas for COVID-19, including containment zones and busy markets, and the highest number of such people are in the south-west district and lowest in the north-east district, as per Delhi government data.

About 57-58 lakh people will be covered in a door-to-door survey, starting Friday, to find people who have developed symptoms of COVID-19, according to officials. Though the 11 districts raised a demand of 11,400 teams to conduct the exercise in four to five days, the government has decided to go ahead with 9,500 teams. – The Hindu

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