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Covid-19 second wave: Delays in RT-PCR tests mainly due to manpower crunch

While there is a shortage of testing kits, manpower and capacities, India does not have other scalable testing options

A health worker takes swab samples from a passenger at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station, amid spike in Covid-19 cases, in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)
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A health worker takes swab samples from a passenger at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station, amid spike in Covid-19 cases, in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)

Vinay UmarjiSohini Das Ahmedabad/Mumbai
After a four-hour wait on Tuesday, Ramnik Shah (name changed) managed to get an RT-PCR test done at a private lab in Ahmedabad. However, he got his report only on Friday, leading to uncertainty over whether or not he had contracted Covid-19.
 
Shah is not alone. As the gigantic second wave of the pandemic rips through India, people across the country are facing delays in RT-PCR testing and in getting their reports on time. While there is a shortage of testing kits, manpower and capacities, India does not have other scalable testing options.
 
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First Published: Apr 24 2021 | 12:06 AM IST

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