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WHO to launch 120 million Rapid Diagnostic Tests for COVID-19

On September 29, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that it will launch 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 joining hands with its partners. This will help lower- and middle-income countries to fill in the testing gap with richer countries. Highlights The WHO launched rapid diagnostic tests will be antigen based. The price of ..

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FELUDA: First Gene based COVID-19 test approved in India

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has recently approved the gene-based COVID-19 test called Feluda. The test was indigenously developed and uses cutting edge CRISPR gene editing technology to detect the COVID-19 virus. Highlights The test was developed by scientists based in Council of scientific and Industrial Research Institute of genomics and integrative Biology CSIR-IDIB  ..

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Largest COVID-19 facility in Delhi

The Delhi Government is to convert the Radha Soami Spiritua Centre into a COVID-19 care facility. The centre is as large as 22 football fields. Highlights The centre will the largest COVID-19 facility in the world. It will hold more than 200 halls with 10,000 beds. This is being done to ramp up the capacity ..

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Rapid Antigen Test Kits recommended

On June 15, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research recommended the use of Rapid Antigen test kits along with RT-PCR in containment zones. Highlights The Antigen test kits will allow faster diagnosis. They will reduce laboratory examination. The maximum time taken by the Rapid antigen test to interpret positive or negative is 30 minutes. ..

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