Covid-19: Karnataka to start random testing of pooled samples

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on June 17, 2020

Modi appreciates Karnataka’s Covid-19 handling

To step up surveillance on the spread of Covid-19, Karnataka is planning to conduct random RT-PCR testing using pooled samples.

Random testing will be done in slums, and on vendors, bill collectors in malls, markets and delivery service providers.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare has said preference would be given to include the persons above the age of 50 and those with co-morbidities.

The department has asked commissioner BBMP, and deputy commissioners in consultation with the local expert committee will identify the persons and locations where the random testing will be done.

On Wednesday, Karnataka reported 204 new cases taking the total tally to 7,734. On the discharge front, the day saw 348 persons discharged after treatment. Eight persons died taking the total death toll to 102

Of the new cases, 106 had travelled to other States, districts or overseas.

PM appreciates Karnataka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with Chief Ministers’ appreciated Karnataka’s emphasis on combating Covid-19 along with economic revival activities.

He said that the States must proceed with easing restrictions and suggested that economic activities must speeded up. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa participated in the video conference and explained the measures taken in the State to control Covid-19.

K Sudhakar, Medical Education Minister made a presentation on measures taken to contain Covid-19 in the State.

Published on June 17, 2020

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