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Rapid tests on hold till all-clear

A PTI report quoted the health minister as saying that the results of the kits varied from place to place and they 'can’t be relied on'
A medic works on a sample for Covid-19 Rapid Test at a camp in Bhubaneswar on April 20, 2020.

TT Bureau   |   New Delhi   |   Published 25.04.20, 09:56 PM

The rapid antibody tests for Covid-19 will remain suspended until their accuracy is rechecked, official sources said on Saturday.

The statement leaves the time frame open-ended, unlike Tuesday when an ICMR official had said that “after two days, we will be in a position to give a clear advisory”.

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Officials said the ICMR was still analysing samples of the rapid antibody test kits procured from two Chinese companies and distributed among the states.

A PTI report quoted health minister Harsh Vardhan as saying that the results of the kits varied from place to place and they “can’t be relied on”.



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