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Delhi Government Files Affidavit in HC; Rapid Antigen Tests to Be Conducted in All Government Hospitals [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 16 Jul 2020 11:02pm

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The Delhi government, through an affidavit filed by the Director-General, Health Services, has said that all Delhi Government-run dispensaries and polyclinics will be offering Rapid Antigen Testing (known as RAT) on all working days.

The government will prioritize the testing of Special Surveillance Groups and that ensure its applicability thereafter. The tests will be conducted on working days between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, the affidavit added.

A plea was filed in Delhi High Court seeking to ramp up testing facilities in Delhi for COVID-19. The matter was taken up for consideration by a division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad.

The Order, dated 14 July 2020, states, “The affidavit of the Delhi government filed by the Director-General, Health services states that to augment testing for detecting COVID-19 infection, and to make it more accessible to the general public, all the Delhi Government hospitals have been asked to undertake Point of Care Testing in the form of Rapid Antigen Detection Test (in short, ‘RAT’) of eligible individuals in terms of an order issued on 5.7.2020.”

“Further an order dated 9.7.2020 has been issued to all the private hospitals to ensure that RAT test is conducted in respect of all the eligible individuals,” it added.

Learned ASC Mr. Satyakam, who appeared on behalf of the Delhi Government, submitted that sample collection for sero-surveillance has been concluded by the government, and it is awaiting reports from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Government of India.

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