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In Haryana, unreliable antigen kits used for one-third tests

Sushil Manav
Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, August 3

Haryana ramped up testing by the in depth use of speedy antigen kits in July even though in additional than one-third of the constructive instances they’ve been giving incorrect unfavourable experiences.

Official information of the state Well being Division reveals that of the three.48 lakh checks carried out within the state in July, 1.42 lakh used speedy antigen kits.

Whereas the general positivity fee within the state was 5.7 per cent on August 2, solely 3.7 per cent of these examined by speedy antigen kits have been discovered constructive. Of the 44,080 individuals examined by speedy antigen checks in Gurugram, the district with highest variety of cumulative instances, just one,239 (2.Eight per cent) examined constructive. In distinction, 8,020 of the 71,688 individuals who have been examined by RT-PCR approach have been discovered constructive, making the positivity fee 11.18 per cent.

Equally, of the 29,693 examined by speedy antigen checks in Faridabad, 2,014 (6.Eight per cent) examined constructive. And, of the 45,305 individuals who have been examined by RT-PCR approach in that district, 6,988 have been discovered constructive with a positivity fee of whopping 15.42 per cent.

“The governments, not solely of Haryana but additionally of another states like Delhi, have switched to speedy antigen checks solely to pat their again by claiming that the an infection fee has come down. However lots of the instances proven unfavourable by the speedy antigen checks are in reality false negatives,” stated sources, who didn’t need to be recognized.

Even the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) has admitted that the speedy antigen checks might give false negatives and therefore these testing unfavourable should be confirmed via RT-PCR, which is taken into account the gold normal for the detection

of coronavirus.

“Those that take a look at unfavourable for Covid-19 by the speedy antigen take a look at ought to be undoubtedly examined sequentially by RT-PCR to rule out an infection, whereas a constructive take a look at ought to be thought of as a real constructive and doesn’t want reconfirmation by RT-PCR take a look at,” stated an advisory issued by the ICMR final month.

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