RT-PCR Machine Current Affairs - 2020

First Mobile RT-PCR lab of India developed by IISc launched in Karnataka

On August 5, 2020, the State Government of Karnataka launched India’s first mobile RT-PCR lab in Bengaluru. The lab was developed by Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. The lab has been named Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting (MITR) lab. It is capable of conducting 9000 tests per month. About the lab Apart from testing COVID-19, Read More…

India attends Shanghai Cooperation Organization Health Ministers’ Meeting

On July 24, 2020, Union Health Minister of India Dr Harsh Vardhan attended Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Health Ministers’ meeting. Highlights During the meet, India placed its following stands India is using TruNat and CBNAAT tests in addition to antigen-based testing to test COVID-19 India has increased its Personal Protective Equipment capacity. Earlier, India was Read More…

USFDA approves COVID-19 pool testing for the first time

On July 18, 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization to allow pool sampling from up to four individuals to test COVID-19. Highlights Sample pooling allows multiple people to be tested using fewer testing resources. The test collects samples and tests in batches or pool rather than running each individual Read More…

WHO: 140 COVID-19 tests per day per million required

On July 15, 2020, the World Health Organization released its Guidance Note on Public Health Criteria to adjust Public Health and Social Measures. Under the guidance note, the organization advised comprehensive surveillance for suspected cases. Highlights By comprehensive surveillance, WHO advises that a country has to conduct 140 COVID-19 tests per day per million population. Read More…

India launches World’s Most Affordable COVID-19 kit “COROSURE”

On July 15, 2020, the Union Minister of Human Resource and Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishnak launched world’s most affordable COVID-19 kit. The kit was developed by IIT Delhi. Highlights The test called “COROSURE” has been billed as the world’s most affordable RT-PCR based COVID-19 diagnostic kit. The base price of the kit is Rs 399. Read More…