Saturday, August 15, 2020
News

Punjab to go for Covid-19 rapid antigen testing

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Chandigarh | Friday, 2020 10:45:06 PM IST
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday gave the go-ahead for launching a pilot project for Covid-19 rapid antigen testing from the coming week, as well as e-registration for people entering the state to ensure strict monitoring of those coming from the high-risk NCR region.

On successful completion of the pilot rapid antigen project, which will cover a minimum of 1,000 tests, such testing would be done on the migrants coming back to the state in the wake of reopening of industries and for work in the paddy fields.

The state will procure rapid antigen testing kits to scale up its Covid testing capacity, which is even now higher than the Central government's mandate of 140 tests per million per day in regions with positivity factor of less than 10 per cent.

With positivity rate of just two per cent, Punjab is already conducting 242 tests per million a day as part of its strategy to check further spread of the pandemic.

Notwithstanding the Centre's revised guidelines replacing home quarantine for domestic travellers with self-monitoring, the Chief Minister ruled out any such move in Punjab in view of the large number of people coming to the state every day from Delhi and the NCR, where cases were currently spiralling.

He also made it clear that no vehicle should be allowed to enter Punjab without a stringent monitoring mechanism in place.

Amarinder Singh was reviewing the Covid situation and preparedness in the state with senior government and health officials, through video conference.

--IANS vg/vd

( 264 Words)

2020-07-03-16:54:06 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE HEALTH NEWS
1,087 new cases take Gujarat's Covid tal...
Shah tests negative for corona, to remai...
Covid cases cross 40,000 in Kerala, reco...
540 new cases take J&K's Covid tally pas...
Seven corona warriors invited by Delhi C...
TN records 5,890 more Covid cases, 117 d...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
I-Day celebrations: Beating retreat, BSF...
Punjab CM announces 1-month drive to che...
Rana Kapoor's wife owned 16 companies, s...
After papad, another BJP MP prescribes m...
'Khalistan flag' unfurled on govt buildi...
Andhra HC extends status quo on three ca...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
France declares Paris, Marseille as... 
Ankita shares bank statements after... 
Champions League: Bayern Munich han... 
PM Modi hoists national flag on 74t... 
PM Modi opts for orange-yellow colo... 
Pompeo wishes Happy Independence Da... 
PM Modi extends Independence Day wi... 
2 killed as wall of under-construct...