Breaking the Covid chain: Random Covid tests in public places

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Random Covid testing at Sector 37 bus stand in Noida.

 Rohit Shishodia
Different States in India are adopting different ways to break the chain of the spread of corona virus, which has infected over 9 million and killed 131578 people so far in the country.

Taking a cue from the Gautam Budh Nagar administration which began random testing at the Delhi-Noida border, states like Gujarat, Haryana and Chandigarh are also now randomly testing people in public places.

These states have reported spurt in cases of the highly infectious killer disease. On November 20, 2020, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) tested people, through rapid antigen tests, who were not wearing the mask. The people were also penalized for not wearing masks.

A senior health official of AMC said, “We are doing rapid antigen tests on people not wearing masks. If they test positive, then they are sent to Covid center, else they are fined Rs 1000.”

In Chandigarh, passengers coming from other states were tested through rapid tests at Inter-State Bus Terminal-17 in the city. Dr Rachna of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital says, “This is the third day of conducting tests here. 10 persons have tested positive so far.”

Like Noida, Faridabad will start Covid testing at Delhi-Faridabad border.

Officials said that random sampling in Gurugram will be carried out by the health department at Kherkidhoula toll, Sadar Bazar, malls, bus stand, and government offices.

The Noida administration also extended its rapid samplings in Sector -37 bus stand. It is reported that 3 out of 64 have tested Covid positive during Rapid Antigen Test Drive at Delhi-Noida (Ashok Nagar) border.

Amit Vikram, Additional CMO, Gautam Budh Nagar, said, “It is a usual testing method that we have been following since 2-3 days. The method is successful. We found 9 positive cases out of 178 tests at Botanical Garden on November 19, 2020.”


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