COVID-19 testing, vaccination in Delhi down to two-week low
Testing in the national capital touched a two-week low of 57,690 samples on April 26, a drop from 1.08 lakh samples tested on April 14.
April 28, 2021 / 01:54 PM IST
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As the second wave of COVID-19 continues unabated, testing and vaccination in Delhi have dropped to a two-week low.
Testing in the national capital touched a two-week low of 57,690 samples on April 26, a drop from 1.08 lakh tests conducted on April 14.
On the same day, 43,637 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered, according to the Delhi state health bulletin. More than 89,000 beneficiaries were vaccinated on April 13.
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On April 27, 73,811 tests were conducted and over 57,000 beneficiaries were vaccinated.
The Economic Times reported that the proportion of RT-PCR tests, considered more accurate, has fallen in Delhi. The Centre has directed that at least 70 percent of tests conducted daily should be RT-PCR tests.
Over the past two weeks, Delhi crossed the 70 percent RT-PCR mark only twice — 71.94 percent on April 15 and 75.83 percent on April 19, according to calculations done by the publication.
"Overall the testing capacity has taken a hit due to a lack of manpower, especially data entry operators and sample collection technicians. The government must ease certain protocols," said Chetan Kohli, COO, Genestrings Diagnostic Centre told The Economic Times.