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Covid-19: Delhi begin rapid antigen tests in containment zones

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In an endeavour to conduct more number of Corona test to take stock of the exact situation in the national capital, the Delhi government has commenced Covid-19 testing through the rapid antigen methodology which gives results in 30 minutes.

On Thursday, the test was conducted at 169 centres in and around containment zones of the city, a PTI report said.

“Two important things happened today. Covid-19 testing rates in Delhi have been reduced to Rs 2,400 and rapid-antigen testing has started. I hope people won’t face any problem in getting themselves tested now,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

There is plan to conduct 600,000 rapid antigen tests at these 169 facilities. At many centres, testing began as early as 9 am. People, having mild symptoms or no symptoms at all can get themselves tested, another official said by the report.

The kits, called Standard Q Covid-19 Ag detection, have been developed by South Korean company S D Biosensor. The testing method involves looking for antibodies which are produced when the body is exposed to a pathogen. If a person has antibodies associated with novel coronavirus, it means the person is either Covid-19 positive or has recovered, the report further said.

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According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, suspected individuals who test negative for Covid-19 by rapid-antigen test should undergo RT-PCR test to rule out the infection. While positive test results should be considered as true positive and do not need reconfirmation by RT-PCR test, it said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday said that testing will be tripled by Saturday.

On Thursday, Delhi recorded 2,877 new Covid-19 cases–highest single-day jump in new Covid-19 cases, taking its total tally to nearly 50,000.

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