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COVID-19 testing crosses 1.5 lakh mark in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: The number of tests for COVID-19 has crossed the 1.5 lakh mark in the capital city of Odisha.

A total of 1, 52,674 citizens have undergone tests for Coronavirus in Bhubaneswar by Tuesday.

As many as 1,05,990 tests were done at various government-run test facilities across the city, while 46,684 tests were conducted at various private facilities.

While 66,891 tests were done through Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), 38,478 were done through Rapid Antigen Test and 621 by True-NAT process.

“We are currently doing COVID testing for 3,000 to 3,500 people daily. Given the population size and area of the corporation, we are doing a good number of testing in Bhubaneswar,’’ said Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary.

The rapid rise in COVID-19 tests among people has become possible with the opening of the Rapid Antigen Test centres at 23 urban public health-care centres across the city.