With the escalation of Covid virus cases in Delhi, the authority decided to conduct random Covid testing on people moving between the two cities, starting on Wednesday. Covid-19 cases are increasing again in the national capital. To verify altitude, rapid antigen-dependent tests will be performed among travelers between Delhi and Noida.
An order from the Gautam Buddh Nagar department was approved on Tuesday to give an indication of this random covid testing to be carried out for people traveling through the DND and Chilla overpass in the eastern suburbs of Delhi starting today.
“This increase was due to cross-border infection from regions like Delhi, etc. Therefore, a random sample of these people will be carried out and all institutions (here) will be alerted to search for people showing symptoms and track them early.” Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate Suhas L Y was quoted by PTI.
However, the district administration made it clear that there would be no movement restrictions between the two cities as was the case during the lockdown. The decision comes days after the movement of people across the border increased during recent celebrations. The administration said the next few days will be “crucial” and the Health Ministry has been instructed to make the necessary preparations in hospitals.
The district administration said that only a small number of the randomly selected passengers between Delhi and Noida will be tested during the random covid testing training.
While traveling between the two cities, people have been advised to follow all of the Covid-19 protocols such as wearing masks or covering their faces, upholding social distancing rules in public, and more. Inquiries will be sent to all Gautam Buddh Nagar institutions to search for people with symptoms, follow up early, and provide necessary treatment.
Delhi recorded more than 1 lakh new cases of the new coronavirus and nearly 1,200 deaths between November 1 and November 16, while nearly 94,000 patients have recovered during the same period, according to official data. The national capital has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases since October 28, when the daily high crossed the 5,000 mark for the first time and crossed the 8,000 mark on November 11.