Most RT-PCR tests in one day in Delhi; 24 deaths recorded
Delhi reported the highest number of RT-PCR tests to diagnose coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in a single day, with 11,797 tests on Friday, as per the daily health bulletin released by the Delhi government. This comes a day after the government directed all the districts to ensure that all symptomatic individuals be tested using the more accurate RT-PCR method.
The city has conducted over 11,000 of the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction tests a day only five times so far. These tests, considered the gold standard diagnosis for Covid-19, accounted for almost 20% of the total 59,134 tests conducted on Thursday. A week ago, only 17.7% of the tests were conducted using this method as per the data.
To scale up testing in the city as the number of cases increased in September, the Delhi government had massively deployed rapid antigen tests, which can be performed easily and gives results within 15 minutes. The tests, however, are less sensitive and likely to throw up false negatives.
“When you are using a test for diagnosing an individual, the sensitivity has to be high so that you are sure that the infection gets picked up. That is the reason RT-PCR should be the test of choice outside of containment areas and that is what the current ICMR advisory also says. With rapid antigen test, there is a possibility that it will miss out on positive cases, especially if the person is asymptomatic. The person may then pass on the infection to others,” said Dr Lalit Kant, former head of epidemiology and infectious diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Delhi has also been reporting fewer new Covid-19 cases. On average, 3,591 cases were reported each day during the last seven days. In comparison, 4,118 cases had been recorded on average each day the week before. After seeing a decline in the number of cases of the viral infection in August, the numbers started rising again in September.
The city recorded 24 deaths due to Covid-19 in Friday’s bulletin, the lowest fatality count in 13 days. On average, 35 deaths were reported each day during the last seven days. Fewer deaths reported on Friday also slightly lowered the seven-day case fatality ratio (CFR) – fraction of people who die among those tested positive for the infection. The seven-day CFR stood at 0.94% as per Friday’s bulletin as compared to 0.95% the day before. The seven-day CFR had been on the rise for almost two weeks now. The seven-day CFR two weeks ago was just 0.68%.
Meanwhile, the cumulative CFR – calculated on the basis of total number of cases and deaths – has been going down steadily, with a CFR of less than 2% being recorded three days ago for the first time since the government started reconciling its death data in May.
LUCKNOW Governor Anandiben Patel on Monday stated that 1.61 crore youth had been provided employment in the private sector through private investment while 60 lakh youth were linked to self-employment in Uttar Pradesh. “In the last five years, 4.5 lakh government jobs have been provided to the youth in UP by adopting a fair and transparent recruitment process,” she stated in her address to the joint sitting of both the houses of state legislature.
LUCKNOW Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said his government was ready for a debate and reply on any issues related to development, the poor, farmers, youths and women, in the state assembly. Adityanath said he hoped that the members would get some guidance from the governor's address to the two houses of state legislature and the debate over his government's achievements and its future plans.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is currently lodged in the Patiala central jail in a 1988 road rage case, was taken to Rajindra Hospital in the city on Monday for medical examination after his counsel moved an application demanding special diet for him. According to sources at Rajindra Hospital, Sidhu has been recommended a high-fibre and low-fat diet, which includes fruits, and boiled vegetables.
Delhiites will get free rides for three days on 150 electric buses that will be flagged off by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday. "Happy & free travel for 3 days from Delhi Govt's end to Delhiites in the "150 electric buses" to be flagged off tomorrow, 24/5/2022 by honourable chief minister," read a tweet from the official handle of the city government. Individuals are also applying for e-charging points.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission has issued a show cause notice to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal on Monday, asking him to explain how unauthorised slums came up at the spot, causing a bottleneck and stopping motorists from accessing the Eastern Freeway at Panjrapole Naka, Chembur. MSHRC asked why remedial measures were not taken in time even after the area was handed over to the civic body in 2015.