The Greater Chennai Corporation has steered 5 lakh RT-PCR tests for COVID-19, creating the city the first in the nation to attain such achievement.
Initiation of motorbike rally to create awareness of the disease from Ripon Buildings on Saturday, Corporation Commissioner G. Prakash said the State government had spent ₹200 crores on testing residents in the city’s 15 zones. A total of ₹400 crores had so far been spent on containment measures. “Our aim is to reduce the positivity rate to 5% this month. The positivity rate has come down from 37% to 12%. Before the lockdown, 1,400 people out of 4,000 tested positive. Now, it is 1,200 out of 13,000,” he said. The number of residents being tested has touched 13,000 per day.