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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Get 10% staff tested, Gurugram industries told

Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service
Gurugram, August 18

Citing the "susceptibility" of industrial workers to Covid infection owing to their inter-district and inter-state travel, Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri has ordered mandatory testing of a minimum of 10 per cent of staff of each industrial unit. As per the plan, a pool of about 3 lakh workers will be reviewed for symptoms and over 30,000 will be tested.

"Thankfully, we have managed to deal with the surge in cases (in the district). Now, a majority of the cases being reported are those with travel history to other districts or states. Industrial workers are more susceptible to catching the infection as of now, owing to their daily travel and exposure. So, we now need to test them. Extensive testing has been our biggest weapon and we will be implementing it in different pools now," said the DC.

CMO Dr Virender Yadav said they would initially test 10 per cent of the workers. Based on the infectivity rate in each industry, they would take a call on testing more workers, he said.

The orders state that while industry owners are free to choose their mode of testing — be it Antigen or RTPCR — they will have to bear the cost and not force their employees to do so.

"We will be the only district in the country to have conducted one lakh tests per million. After geographical seclusion and testing, we now plan to go community-wise, starting with the most vulnerable — industrial workers," said Dr Yadav.

from The Tribune

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