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Just three.6% who examined detrimental by way of antigen referred to RT-PCR in Delhi – Home Health Choices

NEW DELHI: Between June 30 and July 9, a complete of 1,20,660 speedy antigen exams had been carried out in Delhi out of which 1,13,062 folks examined detrimental for the novel coronavirus. Among them, solely four,055 individuals (three.59%) had been examined utilizing RT-PCR, which is taken into account the gold normal for Covid-19 testing.

“Not all persons testing negative for Covid-19 through rapid antigen tests are required to be referred for RT-PCR tests. Only those persons who carry symptoms but test negative for the coronavirus through rapid antigen tests are administered RT-PCR tests to make early detection of the infection. This is done to prevent the infection from spreading to other persons,” stated an official including that each one such symptomatic individuals have been examined.

According to official information accessed by TOI, solely 7,598 individuals examined by way of speedy antigen kits had been discovered constructive and so they had been shifted into both dwelling isolation, or to authorities services.

On June 23, Indian Council for Medical Research had suggested all involved “to ensure that all symptomatic negative patients should be essentially referred to a real-time RT-PCR test for Covid-19.”

On June 30, 10,043 individuals had been examined by way of antigen kits, 9,844 on July 1, 13,588 on July 2, 13,263 on July three and the quantity dropped to eight,552 on July 5 earlier than rising once more to 12,832 on July 9. While the variety of these testing constructive between June 30 and July 9 ranged between 500 and 1,000, most of these examined had been discovered to be detrimental and didn’t present Covid signs.

The variety of symptomatic folks discovered detrimental by way of antigen exams however constructive when examined by RT-PCR can be low. On June 30, 225 such individuals (2.four%) had been discovered constructive, 456 (three.59%) on July three, 502 (three.89%) on July 6 and 560 (four.62%) on July 9.

Testing has been ramped up in Delhi with all of the districts establishing extra areas for antigen testing. In all of the 11 districts, round 1,000 to 1,500 speedy antigen exams are being carried out day by day apart from RT-PCR exams. On Tuesday, the capital carried out greater than 15,400 speedy antigen exams, which give the consequence inside 15 to 30 minutes.

Delhi has carried out 7.13 lakh exams, of which over three lakh had been executed utilizing antigen kits.

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