Nearly 11% of those in the national capital who tested negative for Covid-19 in rapid antigen tests (RAT) but had symptoms for the disease were found to have been afflicted by the viral infection in Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test between September 1 and November 7, according to official data.Out of the 56,862 symptomatic patients who tested negative in rapid antigen tests, 32,903 were retested through RT-PCR and of them 3,524 were found Covid-19 positive, according to the data shared by health authorities in response to an RTI query filed by a PTI reporter.In order to effectively curb the spread of coronavirus infection, the Union Health Ministry had in September asked all states and Union Territories to mandatorily retest all symptomatic cases found Covid-19 negative in rapid antigen tests through RT-PCR so that no positive case is missed.For Delhi, the case positivity rate in RT-PCR, which is considered the gold standard for Covid-19 screening, was 20.97% in September, while it was only 4.77% when it comes to rapid antigen test, the RTI reply stated.In October, positivity rates of(RT-PCR) and rapid antigen test were 16.76% and 4.58% respectively. Between November 1 and 7 the rapid… Read full this story
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