RT-PCR Machine Current Affairs - 2020

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…

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. Read More…