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Representational image| File photo of a staff member wearing personal protective equipment check the temperature of patients in front of a medical centre in New Zealand | Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images | Bloomberg

Covid-19 pandemic: Rush for test kits as Israel reopens schools, New Zealand battles Delta

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

India’s first home kit for Covid test to hit stores next week. Here is how you can use it

Developed by the Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solutions, the testing kits called CoviSelf will be available in chemist shops for Rs 250.
A Covid testing lab | Representational Image | T Narayan | Bloomberg

Raw material shortage hits blood tests that dictate course of Covid treatment

High demand for inflammatory markers tests, used to decide on hospitalisation needs, drugs, for Covid patients, results in shortage of raw materials. Experts advise against overuse.
A Covid testing lab | Representational Image | T Narayan | Bloomberg

‘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.
Abbot's Covid rapid testing kit |

Quick result, low cost, convenient — the 3 Covid home testing kits approved by US

While home collection kits have been in the market for some time now, only three such kits have been approved by the US FDA.
Representative image of a Covid-19 test | Pixabay

Abbott’s $25 rapid Covid test cleared for home use in US by FDA

The Abbott news follows FDA’s clearance of the first at-home, over-the-counter Covid test on Tuesday from East Brisbane, Australia-based Ellume.
A scientist working at a lab at CCMB in Hyderabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

ICMR approves Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology’s dry swab testing for Covid

The dry swab technique can be used for RT-PCR testing with sensitivity and specificity, similar to the current standard when automated RNA extraction is not available.
A health worker conducts Covid-19 rapid antigen test at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. | PTI

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.

First at-home Covid test gets approval — what this means, its impact & if it’s good news

USFDA Tuesday issued an emergency use authorisation to Lucira Health Inc.’s rapid-result Covid test, the first that can be used at home. Here's all you'd like to know about it.
Representational image for the novel coronavirus test | Photo: PTI

Rwandan researchers’ devise algorithm that can detect a Covid sample from pool of 99 swabs

Researchers from the University of Rwanda used the geometry of the hypercube to increase the accuracy of pooled Covid testing, making the test 20 times cheaper for individuals.
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On Sri Lankan man’s lynching, all of Pakistan reacted…and moved on

PM Imran Khan’s tweet of shock. Check. CM’s expression of sadness and ordering of in­­q­ui­­ry. Check. IG police’s vow to arrest the culprits. Check.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.