1 min read.Updated: 20 Nov 2020, 10:54 AM IST Edited By Meghna Sen
The fast and cheap paper-based Covid-19 test kit will be available in Apollo labs in the national capital, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, and Ahmedabad
The Feluda Covid test kit was launched by the Tata group in collaboration with the Apollo group of hospitals
Starting with Delhi, the indigenously developed Feluda paper strip test kit will now be available across eight centres of Apollo hospitals in eight metro cities.
Identifying the first week of December for the rollout, the fast and cheap paper-based Covid-19 test kit will be available in Apollo labs in the national capital, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, and Ahmedabad, reports Hindustan Times.
No further RT-PCR based confirmation is required for samples that are confirmed as positive or negative by the CRISPR SARS-CoV-2 test, an advisory issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) earlier had stated.
The test has been developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIRs) Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi, and has been validated by the National Centre for Biological Sciences and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
The price has not been released yet, but earlier reports said it could cost around ₹500, which is almost a fifth of what a PCR test costs in the national capital.