Corona: TN to use rapid test kits from 10 April, results in 30 minutes

Chennai: Even as coronavirus cases increasing in the State, Tamilnadu is all set to enter the rapid test mode from this week.

According to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, the state government had placed orders for procuring one lakh Rapid Test Kits from China.

These kits would arrive on 9 April and be dispatched to all districts immediately, he said. The rapid tests would begin in the State from 10 April and the results could be known within 30 minutes.

At present, the state follows the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that uses a nasal or throat swab for screening, but results take more than five to six hours.

The rapid test kits can deliver results in half-hour thus reducing the time in diagnostics and since they are quite mobile in nature, they can be carried easily by health professionals.

 

NT Bureau