A lot of rapid antigen tests are being conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over the past week than the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for patients who have been suspected to be Covid-19 positive, stated the data revealed from Civic Body. In the month of mid-August, the RT-PCR tests were around 35 to 45 percent of the total Covid 19 tests which are conducted daily.
And the remaining 60 percent of tests are of the rapid antigen. In the past time, the civic body relied on RT-PCR tests for more than 60 percent of total tests which were being conducted. The reason Civic authorities are attributing for the increase in Covid 19 cases are the increase in antigen tests at public places for example railway stations, bus stops, and municipal markets as the relaxations were eased in the city of Mumbai from August 15 as the cases saw a drop.
Though all the wards have already been directed to increase the number of RT-PCR tests. “We are dependent on the RT-PCR tests to keep track on the decrease and increase in the positivity rate. It has been directed by me to all the wards to ramp up the RT-PCR testing. We are conducting more and more Antigen tests,” stated an additional Municipal Commissioner in charge of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
(BMC) public health department.
Till date, 9,503,020 Covid 19 tests have been conducted in the city of Mumbai, with a 7.8 percent positivity rate. On Tuesday, the city crossed the 10,000,000 vaccination mark, stated the data from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).