Coronavirus Updates: Rapid testing kits will not be used for diagnosis but for surveillance, says ICMR
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker Live Updates: The Union Health Ministry has said that as of Thursday, 325 districts in India have no cases of the novel coronavirus. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health said Mahe, Patna, Nadia, Pratapgarh, Porbandar, South Goa, Pauri Gadwal, Pilibhit, Rajauri, Vilaspur Durg, Rajnandgaon completed 28 days without case.
Rapid testing kits will not be used for diagnosis but for surveillance, especially in hotspots, ICMR's Dr R R Gangakhedar said. He also said India has received two separate test kits, totalling 5 lakh, and their sensitivity is over 80 per cent.
The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 12,380 on Thursday, including 10,477 active cases, 414 deaths and 1,488 recoveries. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state with over 3,000 cases now and 295 deaths. The government has identified 170 districts across the country as COVID-19 'hotspots' or 'red zones', and another 207 districts as 'potential hotspots'.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, interacting with the media, said the government's decision to impose a nationwire lockdown was like "a pause button", and would not help in solving the crisis. He advised the government to scale up testing, and called for a decentralisation strategy, in which chief ministers had more say as the fight against COVID-19 was at a state and district level.
Globally, the total number of COVID-19 cases has crossed 2 million, including over 136,000 fatalities, with Europe accounting for more than two-thirds of the deaths. Europe has reported 88,716 deaths, while the United States has the single highest toll at 26,950, followed by Italy (21,645), Spain (18,579) and France (17,167).
(Inputs and image from theindianexpress.com)