Karnataka: Delay in Covid test results peeves locals in Dakshina Kannada district | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: While Dakshina Kannada district administration has insisted on those coming into the state from Kerala furnishing negative RT-PCR test reports which are not older than 72 hours from the time of entry, a delay in declaring results has become another peeve for daily interstate commuters.
The measure, which was to be implemented from Monday, ran into stiff resistance. A Kasargod-based advocate has also filed a petition in the high court challenging the order. As a result, DK authorities kept the order in abeyance.
On average the district tests 3,500-4,000 samples daily at its nine testing centres, including district Wenlock Hospital, but there is a huge delay in declaring results.
A 51-year-old man told TOI he is still awaiting results on swab samples he had given four days ago. “There must be several like me who are awaiting results,” the man, a daily commuter, said. “I gave my samples on February 22 at around 9am. After rapid antigen test (RAT) results were negative, my throat and nasal samples were collected for RTPCR test at Talapady border.”
Three days later he received a message which stated the sample collection date was February 25. “I am still awaiting results,” he said. “What is the purpose of screening at the border if there is a delay in getting test reports, especially if the person is asymptomatic and travelling around? In case there is a delay in samples reaching the testing centre and it is not preserved properly, the chances of false negative reports are high.”
Health department officials say the delay in testing is because of the increased caseload and all precautions are being taken to preserve samples. Meanwhile, they are continuing random testing at interstate entry points.
Dr KV Rajendra, the district deputy commissioner, said officials are working on minimising the time in declaring results by engaging more technical teams.
The health department had collected nearly 1,000 samples at four interstate checkpoints on February 22. RAT tests showed all were negative. A majority of the 1,000, who are daily commuters, have not received RT-PCR reports yet.

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