COVID-19: Karnataka govt directs to begin random testing; Slum-dwellers, delivery boys to be under scanner

South India

The Karnataka Government has directed random testing using RT-PCR pooled sample technique to ensure effective surveillance in view of recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the state.


According to an order issued by Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (H&FW), the government will now begin random testing using RT-PCR pooled sample technique in people including slum-dwellers, vendors/bill collectors in malls, supermarkets, markets and footpaths, and delivery boys of food chains and couriers.

"In view of the recent increase of COVID-19 cases and to ensure effective surveillance, it is hereby directed that random testing using RT-PCR pooled sample technique to be done for slum dwellers, vendors/bill collectors, delivery boys of food chains and couriers," read the circular.

"Those who are likely to come in contact with maximum number of persons in markets, malls, etc., should be included in the sample as per the capacity of the districts which should be inclusive of samples collected by routine testing as per protocols issued previously," it added.

As per the report, the Commissioner, BBMP, and Deputy Commissioners, in consultation with the local expert committee, will identify people and locations from where random samples will be collected.

On Wednesday, Karnataka reported 204 new positive cases and eight more fatalities. With this, the total number of positive persons in the state has gone up to 7,734. It includes 102 deaths and 4,804 discharges.


With inputs from Agency

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