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New Delhi18 minutes agoAuthor: Pawan Kumar
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To curb the corona infection, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to the Chief Ministers again that only 70% of the total tests should be done through RT-PCR. Despite this, states are relying on rapid antigen tests and the infection continues to grow.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh have continuously reduced RT-PCR tests between February and April. This is also one of the reasons that infection has increased rapidly in these states. By February, an average of 58% of tests in the country were undergoing RT-PCR. Now the infection has been dominating, even then only 61% of the tests in the country are being done by RT-PCR.
Half of the 36 states and union territories are those who are not doing even 50% of the tests with RT-PCR. There are only 12 states that are doing 70% or more RT-PCR test. There are five states, which are performing RT-PCR of more than 50% but less than the prescribed quantity. 12 states are performing 40% or less RT-PCR test. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that RT-PCR tests are decreasing in the states. 70% of the tests should be RT-PCR.
Why RT-PCR only?
According to ICMR scientist Dr. Samiran Panda, the antigen test has low sensitivity. Sometimes there is a possibility of wrong report. The antigen test is not very effective if the patient does not show symptoms. It is more effective in symptomatic patients. Antigen test should be done where there is a need to check soon.
This results in 15 minutes. Instructions have been made to make RT-PCR test mandatory for patients who have symptoms but report negative in antigen. A low RT-PCR test poses a risk.
1,26,789 new cases were found in the country on the previous day
A record 1,26,789 new cases of corona infection were reported in the country on Wednesday. There were 685 deaths. On Thursday, Kerala Chief Minister P. Vijayan got infected. More than one lakh students of 10th and 12th have signed online petition demanding that the board exams to be held in May be canceled or online. On the other hand, there will be a lockdown in the urban areas of MP from 6 pm today to 6 am Monday.