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India's first COVID-19 self-test kit 'CoviSelf', made by the Biotechnology company Mylab Discovery Solutions is now available for common people at local pharmacies and online shopping platforms like Flipkart. The ICMR (The Indian Council for Medical Research) had granted approval to the company for the rollout of a self-use rapid home-test kit for Covid-19 which can sow results in just 15 minutes.
Designed as the mid-nasal swab test, CoviSelf shows results in just 15 minutes. It is priced at Rs 250. Mylab will distribute the self-test kit to 95 per cent of the PIN codes in the county. The indigenous test kit can be availed at e-commerce marketplace Flipkart and from pharmacies and drugstores across India.
The company will roll out one million self-test kits starting on Thursday and based on consumer demand, it will make 10 million units available per week. The product should be available in retail within 2-3 days. The company plans to make the products available on the Government e-marketplace (GEM).
"Self-testing should slow down the spread of Covid-19 significantly. We aim to make CoviSelf available across the length and breadth of the country, especially for the people residing in rural areas who have limited options for testing," said Hasmukh Rawal, Managing Director of Mylab Discovery Solutions, in a statement. The Pune-based company had also given India its first RT-PCR Test kit last year which is now commonly used for Covid-19 tests.
CoviSelf offers a comfortable, easy-to-use, and accurate alternative to the current test method. It can be used by individuals with or without symptoms and immediate contacts of confirmed cases as per the ICMR guidelines. Designed as the mid-nasal swab test, it can detect positive results in just 15 minutes. Each unit contains a testing kit, instructions to use (IFU) leaflet, and a bag to safely dispose of after testing.
With 1,34,154 fresh cases, India's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 2,84,41,986, while the daily positivity rate has further dropped to 6.21 per cent, the health ministry said on Thursday. The death toll due to the viral disease has climbed to 3,37,989 with 2,887 more people succumbing to it, while the number of active COVID-19 cases was recorded below 20 lakh for the third consecutive day, according to the ministry's data updated at 8 am.
Also, 21,59,873 tests were conducted on Wednesday to detect COVID-19, taking the total number of such tests conducted so far in the country to 35,37,82,648, while the daily positivity was recorded at 6.21 per cent. It has been less than 10 per cent for 10 consecutive days now, the ministry said.
(With inputs from IANS)
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