Published On: Tue, Apr 21st, 2020

Centre advises states not to use rapid testing kits for 2 days

New Delhi: A day after India partially relaxed lockdown restrictions to allow India’s poor to go back to work, the central government was forced to advise states to not use rapid testing kits for the next two days.

ICMR’s Dr R R Gangakhedkar today briefing the media.

The advice came after several states told the Indian Council of Medical Research, the apex medical research body, that the kits were faulty and inaccurate.

ICMR’s Dr R R Gangakhedkar said: “Too much variations were being reported in results of rapid test kits. In next two days, kits will be tested and validated in the field by our teams,” adding that an advisory would be issued afterward.

India’s health ministry says the country has 18,601 confirmed cases and 590 deaths.


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