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Combating COVID-19: ICMR Partners With India Post For Delivery Of Testing Kits

ICMR has set a target of carrying out around one lakh Coronavirus tests across the country per day and to achieve this the vast network of India Post is being tapped to deliver COVID-19 testing kits

Combating COVID-19: ICMR Partners With India Post For Delivery Of Testing Kits
Highlights
  • ICMR has set a target of carrying out around 1 lakh tests per day
  • India Post will distribute test kits to 200 COVID-19 labs across country
  • The COVID-19 testing kits are being delivered packed in dry ice: ICMR

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has joined hands with the India Post for the delivery of kits from its 16 regional depots to 200 additional labs designated for COVID-19 testing across the country. “While continuing to reach money to the doorsteps through Aadhaar enabled payment system, the India Post has entered into a tie-up with ICMR on April 20 this year for the delivery of its COVID kits from its 16 regional depots to the 200 additional labs designated for COVID testing across the length and breadth of the country,” said an official statement.

As per the official statement, the ICMR has set a target of carrying out around one lakh tests across the country per day. “For this crucial work, India Post with its vast network of 1,56,000 post offices has once again turned into a COVID warrior.”

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Once the kits are received at these 16 depots — located in 14 postal circles/states — these have to be distributed to different labs in the same or neighbouring states.

Nodal officers have been identified from both the agencies — Department of Posts and ICMR — for each regional depot to ensure smooth operations.

The Circles have made necessary arrangements with timelines for the priority transportation of the consignments to the concerned laboratories either as per the existing system or new arrangements depending on the requirement and have communicated the same to the ICMR nodal officers.

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Each booking circle has opened a BNPL account of Speed Post with the concerned depot to make the arrangement hassle-free for the agency. The delivery information is shared with the labs on a daily basis through WhatsApp.

A Google spreadsheet has been shared with all nodal officers to update the details of the booking and delivery of the testing kits to flag any operational glitches.

India Post has delivered consignments in Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata Ranchi, Patna, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Udaipur, Kota, Dungarpur, Churu, Guwahati to Imphal and Aizawl. These kits are being delivered packed in dry ice, said the ICMR.

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The staff of India Post is working round the clock to ensure timely deliveries. In fact, rising to the call of duty, deliveries are being made even at 11:30 pm. India Post is committed to ensuring that the delivery of kits is made as per requirements even in far-flung areas like Zoram Medical College, Meghalaya, informed the statement.

Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT, and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad has lauded the partnership, saying that the postmen of India Posts Department have stood shoulder to shoulder with the nation during these challenging times.

I appreciate this renewed commitment and partnership between ICMR and Department of Post. India Post has been delivering mails, medicines, financial assistance at doorsteps and even distribution of food and ration to needy during the lockdown, said Mr Prasad.

Mr Prasad has called upon the Department of Posts to continue with its good work and leave no stone unturned in making timely delivery of medicines, testing kits and other medical equipment. He has also asked the Department of Posts to galvanise its vast network and leave no gaps in the delivery of essential items.

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World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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