Multiple tests, Fake Addresses Adding to COVID Count in Chandigarh

The city residents are resorting to multiple tests in different laboratories via RT- PCR & RAT modes to clear their ambiguities, leading to an increase in UT’s positivity rate.

Manoj Parida, Adviser to the Administrator, UT highlighted this on his twitter handle.

Adviser urged residents to provide Aadhar number

Since aadhar cannot be made mandatory for testing, the Administration is not insisting on anyone to provide it, so the adviser urged the people to voluntarily provide their Aadhar card number to avoid double counting and reduce burden on the testing infrastructure.

Recently, a man aged 34 was found positive when tested by UT Health authorities through Rapid Antigen Test, he was unsure about it and again got himself tested at a private lab where too he was found positive.

Fake address provided

A lot of individuals are also giving fake address details while getting themselves tested, which is also added in the COVID tally, said the adviser.

Misinformation is leading to an additional burden on the manpower which is busy in contact tracing & testing, he added further.

Aadhar will make job easy

An individual can be located easily if he provides an Aadhar card number as mobile numbers are not reachable sometimes, said Arun Gupta, Health Secretary, UT Chandigarh.

No on-demand testing

Despite the advisory issued by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the UT Administration will not go for on-demand Covid-19 testing in state-run laboratories.

The new guideline don’t require prescription from a registered medical practitioner.

Source: The Tribune

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