Coronavirus: J&K gets first batch of 12,000 Rapid Testing Kits

SRINAGAR, Apr 19 (Agencies): More than a month after the first positive case of Covid-19 surfaced in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory received its first batch of rapid testing kits on Saturday.
Dispatched by the Centre, of the total 12,000 kits, 9,000 have been earmarked for Kashmir and 3,000 for the Jammu region, reported agncies.
Until now, testing was limited to high-risk contacts of the identified positive cases. However, “the rapid test kits will help expand testing in areas designated as red zones,”
The agencies quoted Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo as saying.
About 1,000 kits will be sent to every red-zone in the UT to enhance testing. There are currently 90 red zones in the UT, of which 76 are in the Valley. The kits, that are expected to arrive every week, will be used to test individuals starting from the nucleus of each red zone and then expanding outward in the periphery. These will also be used to test the frontline health workers.
As per an SOP for red zones issued on April 14, the administration has 100 per cent survey and screening of all persons within the red zone. As per officials, “as more kits arrive, the area of testing will also be increased.” Srinagar, Bandipora and Baramulla districts in Kashmir have the highest number of cases in the region so far. Together, they hold 168 of the total 281 ‘active’ positive cases, as of Friday.

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