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COVID-19: Do not use Chinese rapid test kits for 2 days, says ICMR after complaints of faulty kits

The Indian Council of Medical Research on Tuesday asked not to use the Chinese rapid test kit (RT-PCR) for the next 2 days to detect the accuracy of the test after a huge variation across the regions.

The RT-PCR test is the standard test for coronavirus.

Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at ICMR Dr. Raman R Gangakhedkar said, “We got a complaint of less detection from one state. So we spoke to three states and found that a lot of variation is there in the accuracy of test results of positive samples, in some places it is 6 percent while others it is 71 percent.”

He said, “This is not a good thing because when such a huge variation is seen we need to investigate further even if it is the first generation of the test. This disease is only 3.5-month-old so all technologies will be refined over time but we can’t ignore these findings,”

Dr.Gangakhedkar said that 8 expert teams will be sent by the ICMR to the field to validate the results.

“Hence, all states are requested to not use the rapid testing kits on the field for the next two days,” Dr.Gangakhedkar said.

“In two days, we will be in a position to give a detailed report on this. If the batch of rapid test kits is found faulty, we will ask that company to replace all kits,” Dr.Gangakhedkar added.

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