With Drive-Through Covid-19 Testing Kiosks and Daily Briefings, Delhi Puts Its Game Face On


With Drive-Through Covid-19 Testing Kiosks and Daily Briefings, Delhi Puts Its Game Face On

Test, test, test” was the simple message for all countries, from the Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. South Korea led the way with its mass testing efforts, testing over 20,000 people a day at more than 600 testing facilities nationwide.

From rapid walk-through test booths…

…To drive-through Covid-19 centers where a test takes 10 minutes, results are texted to you the next day, and the whole process is free of cost.

South Korea has been a success story, as they managed to “flatten the curve” without imposing draconian nationwide lockdown measures. Taking a cue from our South East Asian neighbour, Dr Dang’s Labs has launched India’s first drive-through testing facility in Delhi.

Roll down your car window, tilt your head back, allow the collection of swab from throat and nose, then drive away. All it takes is 20 minutes and results are sent on email and phone within 36 hours. The cost of the test is Rs 4,500.

Testing in Delhi will be done via four stations set up by the private lab. Each station will have a dedicated officer for the procedure. “We’ve started this drive-through service in Punjabi Bagh (West) central market, where bookings are taken by prior appointments that need to be done on the website,” said CEO, Dr Dang’s Lab.

The Delhi Government has been proactive in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic, with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal laying out the “5 Ts” to fight Covid-19. Doctors on coronavirus duty at Lok Nayak hospital and GB Pant hospital have been provided accommodation at the nearby Hotel Lalit.

The government has been efficient in communicating with the public on a daily basis, providing updates on the steps being taken as well as carrying out social discussions on topics like “Parenting in the times of corona”.

Delhi Government has also launched a Corona WhatsApp Helpline to answer basic questions that citizens may have.

Delhi has also been at the centre of a migrant crisis and the government is making use of night shelters and schools to feed lakhs of people, making a promise that no one will go hungry in Delhi.

Delhi along with Kerala has led the way in India with ingenious ways to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, and one hopes the rest of the country can take lessons from them, and we are able to flatten the curve soon.