Karnataka govt to buy 2 lakh rapid test kits for COVID-19 detection

South India

The Karnataka government has announced the purchase of an additional two lakh rapid test kits for COVID-19 detection at a task force meeting on Thursday.


Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and other senior officials were present at the task force meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan.

According to the report, the Chinese government has agreed to supply rapid test kits to an officially listed company, which will increase the number of tests once it arrives.

“Moreover, 250 kiosks will be set up in the state to collect saliva samples of a person with COVID-19 symptoms. Such kiosks will be launched one-by-one in taluks of the state. This would increase the sample collection process and prevent the spread of disease”, Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan said.

 Ashwathnarayan added that the purchase of the required 25,000 RT-PCR kits was also approved.

 “COVID-19 patients should be treated at government-appointed hospitals. A separate coronavirus helpline will be made operational to address the queries of people”, Ashwathnarayan said.

As per the official report, it has been decided not to allow mass prayers during Ramadan, and tracing of cases related to the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi has been completed in the state.

On Thursday, Karnataka witnessed a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, with 34 more people testing positive, taking the total number of the infected in the state to 313.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14.

However, on Tuesday, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

With inputs from ANI

Image credit: Deccan Herald

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