Monday, 23 May, 2022
TopicCovid test kits

Topic: Covid test kits

There’s a boom in DIY Covid tests — what are they and how do they work

As the highly-transmissible Omicron variant spreads across India, experts recommend widespread and consistent use of at-home rapid kits. ThePrint answers FAQs surrounding them.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Galle Face Green the popular promenade in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo has become ground zero for the protest against the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government. | Photo: Regina Mihindukulasuriya

Sri Lanka may be a teaser for a global default crisis

Global markets see Sri Lanka as an omen for more defaults in the developing world as countries face a growing, post-Covid debt burden.

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.


Representational image of drone. | Photo: Mark Kauzlarich | Bloomberg

As drones usher in new era of warfare, India’s growing UAV industry begins to take flight

With a growing indigenous base of drone manufacturers and exporters, and incentives from government, industry sentiment is bullish. However, some concerns remain. 

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.