New Delhi: One of the hallmarks in the fight against coronavirus in Delhi has been aggressive testing. The government has adopted a Test-Track-Treat strategy and is leaving no stone unturned in ramping up the testing to check the spread in the national capital.
According to the data by the Delhi government, a total of 7,89,853 tests have been conducted in the city so far. It is 41,571 tests per million population.
In the last 24 hours, 11,793 rapid antigen tests and 9,443 RTPCR tests were carried out.
The rapid increase in the number of tests validates the aggressive stand of the government in carrying out tests. It has seen a four-fold increase from 4,190 tests per day in the first week of June to 15,863 tests per day in the last week of the month.
Since the start of rapid antigen tests on June 18, more than three lakh tests have been conducted in the city which is around 17,000 tests per day.
Now, more than 45 per cent of tests have been conducted after the start of rapid antigen testing. As per the government data, more than 2 lakh people have been tested using rapid antigen kits. Till June 18, the authorities had done 3,21,302 RTPCR tests.
As per the health authorities, rapid antigen method of testing is cheaper as compared to the RTPCR test. A rapid antigen test costs Rs 450 and it provides results in 30 minutes.
Delhi government has also started rapid antigen tests at all its dispensaries and polyclinics between 9 am and 12 pm on all the working days.