Sunday, 22 May, 2022
TopicAntigen test

Topic: Antigen test

Rapid antigen — why the less preferred Covid test has now become ICMR’s go-to option

Experts say revised strategy that calls for rapid tests in hospitals & public places, among others, is a tacit admission of community transmission & limitations of RT-PCR capacity.

Limit rapid antigen tests to 30-40% of total & only pre-symptomatic cases — Centre to states

In a letter to states, health and health research secretaries have expressed concern over excessive use of rapid antigen tests and quality of testing kits.

39 Covid cases in Sabarimala since pilgrim season began last week, temple to ramp up testing

Among the 39 positive cases, 27 are temple employees, while rest are police personnel and pilgrims. The pilgrimage season will continue till 20 January 2021.

It isn’t just Delhi. Kerala, Bihar & UP also conduct more than 50% rapid antigen tests

Analysis by ThePrint reveals that 88% of tests conducted in Bihar are rapid antigen, while this figure is 63% for Kerala and 60% for Uttar Pradesh.

‘What if I test positive?’ — Fear at borders as Noida picks commuters for random Covid test

In Delhi, the govt is conducting random rapid antigen tests in crowded markets. The decision was taken after residents were seen stepping out in large numbers before Diwali.

Only 12% of Covid tests in Bihar have been RT-PCR, says Modi govt

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan says govt is concerned not just about Bihar, but also other states where bypolls took place and Covid norms were violated.

How many RAT & RT-PCR tests has India conducted? Don’t have data, ask states, says ICMR

In reply to RTI query filed by ThePrint, ICMR says it only has cumulative testing data, and adds that it is the responsibility of states to maintain specific RAT & RT-PCR data.

How Kerala and Punjab became ‘worst performing states’ in their handling of Covid

In episode 594 of the #CuttheClutter, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta explains the Covid hits and misses of Punjab and Kerala in dealing with the pandemic.

Retest all symptomatic antigen-negative patients using RT-PCR, says Delhi govt

The government issued the directive to all districts after it found that the process of testing with RT-PCR was not followed in over 1,400 cases.

Health Ministry asks states, UTs to retest all symptomatic negative cases of antigen tests

The ministry said it has noted that in some large states, symptomatic cases tested negative by rapid antigen test are not being followed up by RT-PCR testing.

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Under fire for spiraling inflation, Modi govt announces excise duty cut on fuels, LPG subsidy

It has also decided to enhance the fertiliser subsidy for farmers, and reduce import duty on some raw materials. ‘It is always people first for us!’ tweets prime minister.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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