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Delhi Reports 2414 COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

Sample testing for COVID 19 has been doubled in Delhi following decisions taken by Home Minister Amit Shah during a series of meetings held last Sunday and Monday.

A total of 16,618 test samples were collected in the past two days and sample testing has been doubled from about 4000 to 8000 daily. Daily collection of samples varied between 4,000 to 4,500 till 14th June. Reports of 6,510 tests have been received so far and the remaining will be received by today.

As part of decisions taken by the Home Minister at COVID management meetings, a door-to-door health survey of residents has been undertaken in 242 Containment Zones of Delhi. Out of the total population of over 2 lakh 30 thousand in these zones, a complete survey has been carried out of one lakh 77 thousand 692 persons during the last two days. Remaining persons will be covered by 20th June.

The report of a high level Expert Committee headed by Dr VK Paul on rates to be charged by testing laboratories has been received in the Health Ministry and has been sent to Delhi Government for further necessary action. The Committee has fixed the rate per test at 2,400 rupees.

Rapid Antigen methodology

According to the new protocol approved by ICMR, testing for COVID-19 will be done as per the new Rapid Antigen methodology with effect from today. This technique will be much faster and cheaper. Priority for supply of kits will be given to Delhi. A total of 169 centers have been set up in Delhi for collection and testing of samples.

The Delhi government said that a total of two thousand 414 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to 47 thousand 102. The Delhi government has confirmed that 17 thousand 457 people affected with coronavirus have been cured so far and the recovery rate is 37.06 per cent in the city. In a single day, 957 patients have recovered. 67 deaths have been registered in the National Capital taking the toll to one thousand 904.

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