Delhi government asks DMs to ensure 2,000 rapid-antigen tests every day in their dists
New Delhi: The Delhi government has directed all district magistrates (DMs) to ramp up rapid-antigen tests for COVID-19 by conducting 2,000 tests a day in their respective areas, officials said on Wednesday.
The DMs have also been asked to increase rapid-antigen testing centres to 250 across the national capital.
As per latest figures, 10,043 rapid antigen tests were conducted in Delhi on Wednesday.
The Delhi government started COVID-19 testing through the rapid-antigen method in and around containment zones of the city from June 18.
A total of 341 teams were involved in the rapid-antigen testing that makes results available within 30 minutes.
"District magistrates have been asked to ramp up testing and ensure conducting of 2,000 rapid-antigen tests in their respective areas every day," the official said.
With 2,000 rapid-antigen tests per day, the testing exercise will be scaled up significantly with 22,000 tests conducted every day across 11 districts in Delhi, he said.
According to Union Minister G Kishan Reddy, the Centre plans to conduct six lakh rapid antigen tests at 169 facilities.
The Delhi government had earlier said that it has procured six lakh rapid-antigen test kits for screening COVID-19 infected persons.
The kits, called Standard Q COVID-19 Ag
detection, have been developed by South Korean company S D Biosensor.