Wednesday, 25 May, 2022
TopicCovid-19 testing

Topic: Covid-19 testing

Nagpur-based CSIR institute transfers saline gargle RT-PCR technology to MSME ministry

According to the ministry's statement, the know-how of the indigenously developed saline gargle RT-PCR technique has been transferred on a non-exclusive basis for commercialisation.

What is lateral flow assay test — pregnancy test-like kit Ravi Shastri used to screen for Covid

The lateral flow assay is like a home pregnancy test that gives quick results and can be done without any sophisticated equipment or trained manpower, unlike the RTPCR test.

Inhaled Covid vaccine made in China found safe in phase 1 human trials, Lancet study says

Researchers from CanSino Biologics & Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, China, conducted the trial on 130 participants in September 2020. Common adverse reactions included fever, fatigue, and headache.

India registers 2.08 lakh new Covid cases, 4,157 deaths in last 24 hours

According to health ministry data, the Covid positivity rate has remained below 10% and the country conducted over 22.17 lakh coronavirus tests on Tuesday.

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.

Every 4th Covid sample tested in Delhi found positive, city adds 24,375 new cases in a day

National capital also registers 167 deaths, taking overall toll to 11,960. Total number of cases since beginning of Covid pandemic stands at 8,27,998.

This Haryana district has 1 govt Covid lab, & people doubt its ‘credibility’, complain of delays

Relatives & suspected Covid patients themselves queue up at Civil Hospital to get test results after many days, but chief medical officer says govt lab is functioning well.

‘Samples have tripled’: Labs struggle to give Covid test result on time as cases rise in Delhi

National Institute for Cancer Prevention & Research in Noida, which tests samples from Delhi govt hospitals, refused to conduct tests on Monday & Tuesday after 'running out' of required items.

BMC gears up to fight Mumbai Covid surge with more tests & more beds, says worst yet to come

Mumbai has been reporting 5,000-6,000 cases a day for the last 6 days and BMC is preparing with the assumption that numbers could touch 10,000 a day.

Covid, floods, locusts — India’s nascent drone industry helps govt fight many challenges

Drones have aided the implementation of the Covid lockdown and other pandemic awareness measures, while also helping with search efforts in Uttarakhand floods last month.

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World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

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.