A series of tests are being conducted at various national airports in India, including the new coronaviral test, which has been deployed to check whether people are infected with the virus.
The new test is part of a pilot project to assess the efficacy of the new vaccine and identify people who are most at risk of contracting the virus, a National Health Mission (NHD) spokesperson said on Saturday.
“The pilot project is being conducted in three phases with the goal of ensuring that the virus is detected in the first few weeks after vaccination,” the spokesperson said.
The government has already deployed the test in a pilot phase at several national airports, including Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune, as well as in other places.
The NHD has also started a national vaccination drive at its three major cities, which are being attended by more than 10 lakh people and aims to vaccinate around 5 lakh people across the country by April 15.
The test is administered by a doctor or nurse, who checks a sample for antibodies, which is taken to a laboratory where the results are analysed.
The result indicates whether someone is a carrier or not, or if they have recovered or not.
The test can be administered by anyone, even those who are not immunised, to a person who has no symptoms.
The NHD spokesperson said the test can also be administered to people who have been infected with coronavirence and who are considered at high risk of catching the virus.
“If it is a positive result, we will have to vaccinating the rest of the country.
If it is negative, we would send it to the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention,” he said.
A total of 1,300 tests were conducted at Delhi International Airport (DIA) and the national capital on Saturday, a senior government official said.
The tests will be conducted every day from the next day until April 15, the official said, adding that the number of people tested in Delhi has been reduced from the previous day.
A senior health official said that the airport is now testing around 5,000 people each day.
The number of tests is not being disclosed, but a recent report had indicated that the total number of test-takers was around 12 lakh.
India has more than 20,000 confirmed cases of coronavaccine-related diseases and 3,600 deaths from the virus since it was first identified in April.
On March 28, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said it was screening 5.3 lakh people for coronavacide-related deaths.
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