After exhausting over 70% of the speedy antigen kits to check for Covid-19, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) is now procuring 50, 000 extra kits by September. That is to ramp up their testing within the metropolis from subsequent week. To this point, the BMC has performed over 72,000 antigen assessments (of the one lakh kits procured within the first week of July).
The BMC performed these assessments majorly on frontline employees, shopkeepers, distributors and high-risk contacts. Speedy antigen kits ship check outcomes inside 15-20 minutes, however are much less delicate in comparison with RT-PCR assessments. If a symptomatic affected person assessments damaging by means of speedy antigen check, s(he) should be examined by means of RT-PCR.
BMC has issued an expression of curiosity for the procurement of the subsequent instalment of antigen kits. Suresh Kakani, the extra municipal commissioner, stated, “We’re conducting antigen assessments at a a lot bigger scale because the begin. For now, now we have issued a requirement of fifty,000 kits and can procure extra sooner or later.”
As of August 22, BMC has performed over 72,000 assessments by way of the speedy antigen technique throughout the town, of which almost 4, 000 have resulted in a constructive. Contemplating the nice response, as BMC is ready to detect contaminated sufferers in a shorter span, it has scaled up its testing capability. Of the whole Covid-19 assessments performed each day, greater than 50% are by way of the speedy antigen technique.