Coronavirus which has created hovac in the entire world originated in Wuhan, China. Having successfully curbed the virus to a great extent, China is open for business and is exporting relief kits, masks, sanitizers, ventilators to the world.
India ordered rapid test kits from China but it got delayed 10 days! In this background, India started manufacturing its own tool kits.
The production of antibodies-based rapid test kits (RTKs) for Covid-19 was allowed by the government to three firms, followed by production in two. According to Hindustan Times, two of the three Indian manufacturers have started production for pharmaceuticals and medical devices after the issuance of a manufacturing license by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), a national regulatory body for Indian pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Indian government ordered a rapid test kit from China which was supposed to come by April 5, then April 9 and finally Wednesday. Receiving no response, Indian government gave the order to produce it in India only. Earlier this month, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), approved RTK samples produced by three companies, Mohra Diagnostics in New Delhi, state-owned HLL Lifecare Limited in Kerala and Voxtur Bio Limited in Gujarat, and gave them manufacturing license.
Public sector company HLL Lifecare Limited started production of RTK on 14 April at its plant in Manesar, Haryana. It aims to produce its first batch of 100,000 kits by 20 April. A senior company official said on condition of anonymity, “We have started manufacturing the kits after receiving approval from CDSCO on Monday 13 April. We have the capacity to produce 100,000 test kits a week. We will supply it directly to ICMR”.
650,000 kits left today from China
However, according to latest updates, this morning 650,000 kits have been sent from China to India. The Indian Ambassador to China said on Thursday that a total of 650,000 kits have been sent from Guangzhou Airport to India this morning. It also includes Rapid Antibody Tests and RNA Extraction Kits.
What is antibody blood test?
Rapid antibody blood test uses the sample of patient’s blood. Its result comes in 15 to 20 minutes. It takes blood samples by pricking a finger to see if antibodies are working to fight the corona virus in the suspect’s blood. This test is more effective in people whose symptoms do not appear initially, however, the Rapid Antibody Test does not tell if you have corona virus infection.
This test shows which area of corona cases are increasing rapidly. If the Rapid Antibody Blood Test is negative by the ICMR, then the patient should undergo RT-PCR test. If the test results are positive, then keep the patient in isolation as per protocol, treat and find the people in contact with them.
Total cases in India reached 12,380; death toll rises to 414
The total number of coronavirus cases in India has reached 12,380. Death toll has reached 414. Total number of people recovered are 1,489. In the world 20,52, 508 people have been infected with the corona virus. 1,32,922 people have died. Five lakh 8 thousand 387 patients have recovered.