In a nutshell:
The Covid-19 testing facility has been opened in Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area.
The test costs Rs. 4,500 and the results are available online within 36 hours.
The main advantage of a drive-through testing facility is that it reduces the risk to others and reduces the strain on hospitals and clinics which are currently under tremendous pressure the world over.
To book a test, visit: https://www.drdangslab.com/CoronaDriveThruSevices.aspx
Several countries worldwide offer drive-through testing for Covid-19 (Corona virus) to increase the coverage of testing. India is the latest on the list, although only Delhi has started the service with only one center in the heart of the city.
Social distancing is one of the key ways to fight the battle against the disease, but it beats the purpose if people must go to hospitals where the virus would invariably be present. So the risk of non-infectants catching the corona virus is significant. Many doctors and nurses have already been reported positive for Covid-19. The move therefore is much welcome as drive-through testing can help in maintaining the social distance while ensuring detection in a timely manner. Many people with mild symptoms have been reluctant to visit testing centers and get tests, but drive through testing should eliminate the reluctance and help in getting many more people tested.
India is currently in lockdown till 14 April 2020, and what will happen after that is still being debated, with a few CMs having thrown their weight behind extending the lockdown a bit. For those who are in need of medical attention, the lockdown rules are relaxed, and they can visit the testing centers.
India’s first drive-through coronavirus tetsing facility was opened in Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh area yesterday, on 6th April 2020. The facility has been established by Dr Dangs Lab, and it can conduct up to 40 tests daily.
To get tested at the drive-through facility, one needs to fill an online form here: https://www.drdangslab.com/CoronaDriveThruSevices.aspx, make payment and book an available testing time slot. During the testing time slot, people can drive to the facility, have their required samples collected and drive away.
"This Centre ensures maximum safety and minimum exposure to both the patients and the sample collectors," Dr Arjun Dang, CEO, Dr Dangs Lab, was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. "More than volumes, we are looking at value i.e. in terms of patient safety but if the requirement comes in we will extend our work hours and make arrangements accordingly."
The entire process of sample collection at the testing centre would take less than 30 minutes, and the test reports would be made available online within 36 hours. The price of the test is Rs. 4,500.