COVID-19: Rapid Antigen Tests Start In Kolkata; 10 Positive

Kolkata: Around 10 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata’s Chetla area after the metropolis conducted its first rapid antigen test, on Thursday, said senior officials.

State minister and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) administrative board chairman Firhad Hakim began the service in ward no. 82 in south Kolkata’s Chetla area, where a total of 50 people underwent the test out of which 10 people reported positive for COVID-19.

“This will be of great help in combating the disease in a speedy manner,” Hakim, who also examined the oxygen level of a few locals with the help of an oximeter, said.

Earlier, on Wednesday, KMC officials had said that rapid antigen tests would be conducted in all 16 boroughs of the civic body.

At one go, ten swab samples can be examined and the results would be available in a matter of 30 minutes, the official said.

Around 1,500 booked for flouting lockdown

Over 1,500 people were reportedly arrested for defying the total lockdown in Kolkata, on Wednesday, said police.

Around 1,054 were held for violating the restriction orders, while 497 were sued for not wearing masks in public. Adding to it, more 38 people were seized for spitting in public. Besides this, police have also impounded 44 vehicles, the official said.

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