Bengaluru to conduct 20,000 antigen tests from today

  • | Saturday | 11th July, 2020

20,000 tests would be held in Bengaluru alone and there is a plan to scale upto 50,000 in the city.

To cover more than 80 lakh population of Bengaluru, the state government is ramping up number of test in the capital city. Once applauded for its handling of the pandemic and less Covid-19 positive in the state, Bengaluru and Karnataka both started recording a spike in cases. Bengaluru also surpassed Mumbai and Chennai in the number of single day positive cases on Thursday. 

Grappling with this sharp spike in Covid-19 cases, Karnataka government on Friday said it would conduct 20,000 rapid antigen tests in Bengaluru from July 11.

The government said it hopes that the rapid antigen tests would help in increasing the number of tests and bring down the load on testing on labs, as antigen kits would allow faster diagnosis without laboratory examination.

 “We have taken steps to conduct about 20,000 antigen tests from tomorrow (July 11) itself, one lakh antigen kits have come, we will get two lakh more antigen kits,” state Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said 20,000 tests would be held in Bengaluru alone and there was a plan to scale upto 50,000 in the city.

Antigen test can provide results within 30 minutes as compared to RT-PCR test that takes three-four hours, they said, adding that each testing kit costs about Rs 450.

As of July 10 evening, cumulatively 33,418 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, out of which of 15,329 infections are from Bengaluru.

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