HUBBALLI: Two shops at Harsha Complex in the heart of Hubballi are being sealed after their owners tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, July 31.
Authorities have stationed a rapid antigen test vehicle at Laxmi Balakrishna Square, popularly known as Harsha Complex, to randomly test shopkeepers and customers for the coronavirus disease. The rapid antigen test delivers the results within half an hour but is considered less acurate than the RC-PCR method, which takes about two days to produce the result. A rapid antigen test is usually followed by an RC-PCR test to confirm the result.
A total of 65 people from 27 shops at the commercial complex were tested, and two of them tested positive. The process to seal the two shops is underway, authorities said.
Rapid antigen test vehicles have also been stationed at Durgadbail, Bankapur Chowk, Anand Nagar and other places in Hubballi, besides on Subhash Road, Tikare Road and other places in Dharwad. The idea is to randomly test as many people as possible in order to check the spread of the coronavirus disease.
The measure has, however, spooked shopkeepers and customers alike. Many shopkeepers downed the shutters in Durgadbail on the morning of Thursday, July 30, after one of them tested positive. The shopkeepers feared they would be forced to undergo the test and their shops would be sealed.