Govt's next target: 10 mn tests by July-end, protocol for 20
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As India moves into Lockdown 4.0, the Centre is preparing for the crucial next two months, when it may see a manifold rise in Covid-19 positive cases.

Its latest plan of action is to test 10 million people by July-end, bring onboard additional facilities, and a specialized protocol for 20 key cities to combat the spread of the virus, as well as ensure that equipment is stockpiled to last till August, sources told ET.

Mumbai, Delhi, Indore, Pune, Bhopal, and Chennai will be among the identified 20 cities, as also others where the testing-to-positive confirmation ratio has been high, which will require specialized treatment considering their density and large slum clusters.

Internal governmental assessments are looking at 500,000-700,000 positive cases by July-end and are already gearing up to prepare to handle this scenario. The country’s health infrastructure will feel the strain if it hits the worst-case scenario — of 800,000 to 1 million positive cases by the end of August.

Data as on May 15 suggest that against the 4.3% national average of Testing to Covid-19 Positive Ratio, Maharashtra stood at a worrying 11.9%, Delhi is at 9.0%, Gujarat stands at 7.8%, Chhattisgarh at 6%, Telangana at 5.4%, Madhya Pradesh at 4.9% and West Bengal at 4.6%.

The country will move from the antibody test plan to the ELISA testing mechanism which will roll out within a fortnight. Plans are also underway to have a molecular diagnostic lab up and running in every medical college of the country.

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