The Government of Assam has started the Rapid Antibody to detect the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Spanish Garden in Guwahati on Thursday.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the tests were carried after getting the final nod from the Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
In a tweet, the minister wrote, “After final nod from ICMR Delhi, we’ve started Rapid Antibody tests for COVID19 from Spanish Garden – a containment zone. GoI has given 9600 Rapid Antibody test kits for IgM/IgG to Coronavirus. Test is non-confirmatory yet useful for mass surveillance. Gives results in 15 mints.”
The health department has received 9600 test kits for conducting the rapid tests on Monday and the first phase of tests will be carried on the persons related to the containment zones such as the Spanish Garden and the Athgaon Mosque in Guwahati.
After all the persons linked to these places the tested, random tests will be initiated in full force. The kits can detect the infection within just 15 minutes.
Due to the sharp hike in the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases, earlier the Assam government decided to go for one lakh random rapid tests in some select zones.
Earlier the Rapid Antibody tests scheduled from April 22nd, 2020 was suspended for two days as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advised the states to wait for at least two days as some irregularities are being still being investigated.