THD NewsDesk, NEW DELHI: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced over Twitter that a doctor’s prescription is no longer required to get oneself tested to detect Covid-19 infection. The decision was announced after the Delhi High Court ruled that people reserve the right to get an RT-CPR test without showing the prescription, taking cognizance of the alarming number of cases. Showing the doctor’s prescription at testing centres was mandatory earlier.
Now, people wanting to get voluntarily tested just need to produce their Aadhar card as address proof. Further, people are required to fill up a form as prescribed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Predicting a peak in COVID cases in September, the Court has ordered private labs to allow as many as 2000 RT-CPR tests per day with the motive of encouraging rigorous testing. The Delhi HC further directed the AAP government to set up makeshift testing centres in close proximity to the metro stations allowing commuters to get themselves tested conveniently.
The Kejriwal government has also launched an E-complaint system to aid consumers in Delhi during the pandemic and digital payment for contactless transactions to be promoted. Delhi has surpassed the record by recording 2800 cases per day, on average.
CM Kejriwal said in a tweet, that the “Highest no of cases-4039. But also, the highest no of tests-54,517 against 15,000/20,000 tests till last week. If we did the same no of tests, today’s cases wud be less than 1500”, requesting people not to worry. He assured that the government has “waged a war against corona” and the ‘tests have been increased multifold’ to combat the surging number of coronavirus cases.
SOURCE: Hindustan Times