Pune sees rise in demand for self-testing kits with rise in COVID cases – Henry’s Club – India Times English News

Like during the second wave of oximeters there was a lot of demand coronavirus In the third wave of the pandemic, the demand for self-testing kits is witnessing a sharp rise. Chemists in the city say that there has been a huge rush to buy these kits, which people can use to check their infection status.

Hasmukh Rawal, managing director of Mylab Discovery Solutions, the firm that developed the first self-test kit in the country, said the demand peaked in December itself. omicron The version quickly spread to other countries, and has gained further momentum in the past few days.

“Our kit sales in December were double as compared to November. The highest demand has been in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh. It is in great demand in big metros like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Anil Belkar, secretary of the Pune District Association of Chemists, also confirmed the trend. “Both sales and inquiries of these self-testing kits have increased significantly in the last few days,” he said.

Self-testing kits are not as robust as RT-PCR tests, but are very useful for quick status checks, especially due to the rush in laboratories due to rapidly increasing cases. Over 30,000 samples were tested in Pune district on Friday, the highest in several months.

The district reported 4,415 new infections, up 21 percent from Thursday’s 3,648 searches.

Diagnostic laboratories say that the number of people coming for the RT-PCR test has more than tripled in the last one week.

“The positivity rate, which fell below five per cent a few weeks ago, has gone up to over 25 per cent at some places in the district. Dr Avanti Govilkar Mehndale, director and head of the laboratory at AG Diagnostics, said that while the total number of tests has increased, the positivity has also increased exponentially.

Doctor Mahendle said that there are a large number of cases of re-infection. “It wasn’t before. Probably immunity from earlier infections is no longer effective. The positive is that the symptoms are still mild. During the last wave, the symptoms of inflammation were really high and many people had moderate to severe illness. “This time, serious cases are very few,” she said.

On Friday, 709 patients were declared to have recovered from the disease, while five deaths were reported – two each from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pune Rural while one each from Council (NP).

Areas under Pune Municipal Corporation reported 2,757 cases on Monday, followed by PCMC (1,000), Pune Rural (454), Councils (NP) (115) and Cantonment (89).

The district now has over 15,000 active cases, of which over 9,000 live in PMC areas.