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Soon, random COVID-19 test for Delhi to Noida commuters

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If you are commuting from Delhi to Noida, you may be asked to undergo COVID-19 test, as per an official order from the administration of Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. The local administration is re-calibrating its strategy to contain the infection amidst huge spike in Corona cases in Delhi.

Reportedly, the decision for random sampling was taken during an online meeting of senior administration and health department officials with District Magistrate Suhas LY on Tuesday amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi. There will be no restriction on free movement of people between Noida and Delhi, Suhas said.

“In view of the rising cases of coronavirus in Delhi, the district magistrate has directed officials to form teams that would be deployed at Noida-Delhi borders at DND and Chilla to randomly check people coming from the national capital for the infection,” he was quoted saying by PTI report.

Also read: Covid-19 tests in India near 7-crore mark; positivity rate at 8.4%

The district magistrate said the recent rise in cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar because of which the strategy to fight the pandemic is being “retuned”.

“This rise has been due to cross-border infection from areas like Delhi and others. So, a random sampling of such people will be done and all institutions (here) will be issued advisory to look out for symptomatic people, track them early and provide them with whatever treatment is required,” he said.

He said there was an increased cross-border movement of people during the recent days of festivals, hence the coming few days are going to be “crucial” and the health department has also been directed to make adequate preparations in hospitals.

The random sampling will be done by a rapid antigen-based test, the DM said. Gautam Buddh Nagar has recorded 20,566 cases of COVID-19 including 73 deaths, with 1,236 active cases, according to official data on Tuesday.

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