COVID-19: Delhi government begins rapid testing in containment zones


The Delhi government has begun testing people through rapid antibody test kits. The move is aimed to get an idea how many people are exactly infected in any particular area so that measures could be taken accordingly.

The Delhi government started testing in various containment zones spread across the city after it procured rapid antibody test kits recently.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said the AAP government has acquired 42,000 such kits.

As per the officials, the rapid antibody tests were initiated in Delhi on Sunday for all the containment zones across the national capital. The Government also increased the number of containment zones to 76 on Saturday.

Two kinds of diagnostic tests are being currently prescribed for use in India — the RT-PCR test and rapid antibody test — as per global health norms.

A reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test is a laboratory technique combining reverse transcription of RNA into DNA that detects the virus while the antibody tests, which use blood, detect the body”s response to the virus.

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