COVID-19: ICMR allows antigen tests in all states, each kit costs ₹450, result in 30 minutes
Delhi has already used rapid antigen test kits last week to detect coronavirus cases in the containment areas
The ICMR now recommended rapid antigen tests in all containment zones and a hospitals with RT-PCR test
In a bid to increase COVID-19 testing in the country, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today allowed all the states to start using rapid antigen testing. Known as the Standard Q COVID-19 Ag kit, antigen detection test does not require any specialised machine. It can show results within 30 minutes and "can be interpreted with a naked eye". The antigen testing is a promising tool for quick diagnosis of coronavirus infection in field settings, the ICMR said.