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The Telangana government on Friday said that it is planning to conduct COVID-19 tests in public places—including bus stands, railway stations, malls and IT parks, where there is a possibility of mass gathering.

Dr G. Srinivasa Rao, Director of Public Health (DPH), conducted a review meeting with all District Medical and Health officials here and said, “In order to cover all individuals, the health department is making elaborate arrangements for testing centres at mass gathering places.”

Currently, there are 1,096 designated COVID-19 diagnostic testing centres across the state.

“Almost 70 per cent of COVID-19 positive patients are asymptomatic, and there is a need to identify such persons at the earliest to prevent further spread of the virus,” the DPH said.

For quick identification of cases, the cadre of the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) workers will conduct door-to-door visits in the districts to identify individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal ailments.



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