Increased testing in Delhi leads to decreased Coronavirus positivity

07-07-2020 13:38:15
By : Shrishti Nagar


The Union government's emphasis on increased testing, prompt contact tracing and timely clinical management of the cases has resulted in reduced national Positivity Rate of Covid-19 in the country which currently stands at 6.73 per cent.


According to an official release here, due to the Union government's emphasis on increasing testing, prompt contact tracing and timely clinical management of the cases, the States have significantly ramped up testing capacities resulting in the reduced positivity in the country.


In Delhi, the efforts being made by the Union Territory were significantly bolstered by the Central Government to ensure increase in testing. Tests were ramped up through increased RT-PCR testing along with the new Rapid Antigen Point-of-Care (POC) tests which gives results in only about 30 min.


As a result of concerted and focused efforts by Government of India to augment efforts, the average number of samples being tested per day which was only 5,481 (June 1 to 5) has witnessed a huge increase to reach an average of 18,766 samples per day between July 1 to 5. In spite of significantly increased testing in Delhi, the positivity rate has seen a substantial decrease from about 30 to 10 per cent in the past three weeks.


The Union Government and the State/UT governments have made a joint coordinated effort to effectively manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.



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