The Delhi government has ordered to use 25 prisoner vans of Delhi Police to travel into the 79 containment zones to conduct large-scale random testing of coronavirus. The decision to modify 25 police vans had been taken, a report said.
The government has targeted close to 40,000 rapid tests in these containment zones over the next 3-4 days. Reportedly, the two vans will be assigned to each of 11 districts in Delhi while the other three will be on standby at the headquarters.
The decision comes a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed concern that 186 people who had been infected by SARS-COV-2 on Saturday were asymptomatic. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has not provided any restrictions under the national lockdown because the national capital is seen as a “high-risk zone”. All the 11 revenue districts in the state have been designated as coronavirus hotspots.
As per the report, the government will review the situation on April 27. A top government official said that the large number of positive cases had convinced the Delhi government to conduct the extensive testing. The report added that the availability of testing kits had made this possible.
Of the asymptomatic patients who tested positive on Sunday, 35 cases were reported from Tilak Nagar, 30 from Tughlakabad Extension, 5 from Nabi Karim, 3 from Sadar Bazar and 2 more from Nizamuddin. The prisoner vans will go into the containment zones with the police cover.