Thursday, 20 January 2022

Need to Show Aadhaar to chemists to buy Covid self-test kits in Mumbai

Need to Show Aadhaar to chemists to buy Covid self-test kits in Mumbai

On Saturday, Kishori Pednekar, Mumbai's mayor, said that people purchasing self-test kits for coronavirus disease would need to provide their Aadhaar card data to the chemists to maintain data.

She also stated that if anyone tests positive for Covid-19, the information must be conveyed to the authorities and updated online to maintain records.

She further said that if anyone tests positive for Covid-19, the information must be conveyed to the authorities and updated online to maintain data.

Kishori Pednekar reiteration comes a day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) made it compulsory for every self-test kit purchaser to share their Covid-19 test result data with the authorities and upload the same on the website of the ICMR. The civic body stated that the result has to be updated regardless of whether it is negative or positive.

Seven self-test kits have received the green signal from the ICMR so far, including Coviself by Mylab and Covifind by Meril Diagnostics.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation informed that its local ward war rooms would verify the test reports of each purchaser of self-test kits by contacting them, and, if necessary, health department staff will visit the buyer's residence scrutinize the situation physically.

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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani told HT that most self-test kit purchasers in Mumbai were not uploading the covid reports on the ICMR website till now, which is why the civic body "brought this new instruction to check that these cases don't stay unreported anymore."

He added that chemists had been directed to share their email identities with buyers so that they too could share the Covid-19 test reports with authorities. Kakani also said that the BMC predicts at least 10% of daily testing data to include self-test kits.

The new Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation guidelines on Friday (14 January) itself. Suresh Kakani said that the civic body hopes in the forthcoming week would impact the daily Covid-19 count of Maharashtra.

Notably, Maharashtra reported a decline in its daily caseload on Friday with 43,211 new infections, down from Thursday's 46,406. In Mumbai, single-day cases continued declining for the third day consecutively after as many as 11,317 people tested positive for Covid-19.

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