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Seeking more Covid tests, faster results, Pune civic body to tie up with private labs

Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to revise the containment zones in the city every week instead of once in 15 days.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: June 23, 2020 12:28:54 am
Coronavirus cases, Covid tests, Private labs, Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune news, Indian express news “… The PMC has increased testing to around 2,800 to 3,500 samples each day. At times, the collected samples remain pending due to low testing capacity… we need to increase testing to identify more patients and isolate them for treatment,” said Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad. (Representational)

In a bid to identify more Covid-19 patients and get faster test results, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to tie up with private laboratories that can test samples sent by the civic body. It has also decided to revise the containment zones in the city every week instead of once in 15 days.

“… The PMC has increased testing to around 2,800 to 3,500 samples each day. At times, the collected samples remain pending due to low testing capacity… we need to increase testing to identify more patients and isolate them for treatment,” said Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad.

He added, “The PMC has decided to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with private laboratories for testing atleast 500 samples referred by the civic administration. We have decided to do it at least for a month now so as to find the maximum number of positive patients in a day.”

Gaikwad said the aim was to deliver all Covid-19 test reports within 24 hours. “The early detection will help in reducing the death rate, which has already dropped to 3.99 and become less than that of the state…,” he said.

After ‘unlocking’ of the strict lockdown, the number of Covid-19 cases reported outside containment zones is increasing, said Gaikwad. “The PMC was revising its containment zones every 15 days, but the unlocking is fast changing the situation, with the number of patients increasing more rapidly from outside containment zones… earlier, about 20 per cent cases were reported from outside containment zones, which has now increased to 40 per cent. That’s why there will be a change in strategy and the containment zones will be revised every week,” he said.

The civic chief also said the PMC’s largest Covid care centre, at the Balewadi sports complex, will become functional from Tuesday.

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