The government has said that Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is a complement to RT-PCR and is very useful for monitoring and controlling Kovid. The government shared information in this regard on Wednesday. A day earlier, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recommended that healthy persons traveling interstate should not undergo RT PCR test to reduce the burden on labs.
NITI Aayog member (health) VK Paul said, "Rapid antigen test has its place. It complements RT-PCR and conversely RT-PCR can complement rapid antigen tests. " He said, "RAT is very useful in monitoring and controlling activities, screening people where there is a possibility of transmission of (virus)."
Correction RAT if infection is intensified
Paul said that when RAT becomes very useful, then the intensity of infection is high and a large number of people are showing symptoms of Kovid-19. Paul said, "In states and cities where the infection rate is high. In such a situation, RAT is useful for conducting diagnostic tests for the purpose of screening. "
Rapid antigen tests reveal the results of the test in 15–30 minutes, allowing the infection to be quickly detected and treated by isolating the infected person and initiating early steps to stop the spread of the virus. Can be taken.
Testing record increased
New cases of Corona virus infection are increasing in India. On Thursday, once again 4,12,262 new cases of infection were reported and 3,980 people lost their lives due to the epidemic in one day. The number of testing is also increasing among the increasing cases of infection. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Twitter that on May 5, 19,23,131 samples were examined across the country. At the same time, a total of 29,67,75,209 samples have been investigated in India so far.