Increase no of RT PCR tests HC

  • | Thursday | 17th September, 2020

New Delhi: Citing that rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 were only 60 per cent accurate and that in the last one week RT-PCR tests accounted for less than one-fourth the number of total tests, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday suggested that the Delhi government "ought to focus on shoring up the capacity of testing through RT/PCR so that testing is increased through RT/PCR as much as possible". The court suggested that RT-PCR tests should account for at least 50 per cent of the total testing numbers. The high court expressed concern over the continuous rise in COVID-19 cases, with nearly 4,500 new infections reported on Wednesday. The court was told that of 435 mohalla clinics in Delhi, 400 were functional and 50-60 of them were conducting COVID-19 tests after completing their OPDs. The court was hearing a PIL by advocate Rakesh Malhotra, seeking increased COVID-19 testing in the Capital.

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