A COVID-19 Test That Can Give Result in 30 Minutes, Awaits ICMR Approval

A COVID-19 Test That Can Give Result in 30 Minutes, Awaits ICMR Approval

Scientists from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research have developed a COVID-19 testing strategy that they claim is as reliable as RT-PCR but much cheaper and faster
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A COVID-19 Test That Can Give Result in 30 Minutes, Awaits ICMR ApprovalDr Shantanu Sengupta asserts that testing and quarantine is the only way to deal with COVID-19, until we have a vaccine
Highlights
  • Scientists claim that the COVID-19 tests can give the result in 30 minutes
  • As per the scientists, the testing device only needs an air conditioner
  • Airports, Railway stations are places, this quick testing can be used at

New Delhi: Experts at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in Delhi, have developed a COVID test that will reportedly reduce the testing time to 30 minutes. The scientists claim that the test developed is ‘as accurate as the Gold standard RT-PCR Test’ and cuts down the cost massively.

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Talking about the tests being as reliable as the RT-PCR, Dr Shantanu Sengupta, Professor and part of the team that developed this test said,

Currently we have done 63 COVID-19 positive samples and 90 control samples, which means these people didn’t develop any antibodies, so either they didn’t have any disease at least ten days before the test and are currently not infected. We also confirmed these results with RT-PCR tests. Right now, we are scaling up in terms of the testing samples to ensure the reliability further.

Dr Sengupta credited his students and collaborators Dr Promod Kumar, IIT Delhi – Dr Arjun Ray and his colleague in CSIR, Dr Debashish Das, for coming up with a solution to cut down on time.

We went back in the literature to 1970s and 1980s, and rediscovered some forgotten, simple methods of bio-chemistry. We applied some of the techniques here, which helped us cut down the pre-processing time. Usually, it takes 9-24 hours in mass-spectrometry or mass spec technique; which is a very accurate, scientific technique, being used across the world in RT-PCR. We can just do it in 30 minutes using our technique and that is the major advancement.

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Dr Sengupta asserts that testing and quarantine is the only way to deal with COVID-19, until we have a vaccine.

Therefore, we need more and more reliable techniques that can complement the RT-PCR testing technique. There is a saturation of RT-PCR also, the reagents are expensive and not very common, so getting those reagents for RT-PCR is also limitation with RT-PCR. In contrast, in our technique, we only need solvents and an enzyme called trypsin, which is very freely available. So, in terms of reagents and other resources, this test is very easy to conduct. So, all these tests together should be started in the country so that most population is covered.

This method also eliminates the need for a bio-safety lab, which makes it possible for it to be used at airports or railway stations, to test passengers before they board a plane. Dr Sengupta explains,

This instrument requires an air-conditioned environment, so the best places for this is diagnostic labs, hospitals as well as airports and railway stations. I believe once it comes in public, these are the places where it will be installed and people would be able to benefit from this the most.

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Lastly, Dr Sengupta says that they published the research paper and their findings, and a similar paper using the similar testing technique has also been published from USA and Brazil, but these need to be validated on a larger population. He says that they are awaiting Indian Council of Medical Research approval for their technique before it can be used as a legitimate testing technique in India.

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World

19,78,31,904Cases
6,39,24,968Active
12,96,89,916Recovered
42,17,020Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,78,31,904 and 42,17,020 have died; 6,39,24,968 are active cases and 12,96,89,916 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,16,55,824 41,831Cases
4,10,952 2,032Active
3,08,20,521 39,258Recovered
4,24,351 541Deaths
In India, there are 3,16,55,824 confirmed cases including 4,24,351 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,10,952 and 3,08,20,521 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,03,715 6,959

80,138 733

60,90,786 7,467

1,32,791 225

Kerala

33,90,761 20,624

1,65,011 3,679

32,08,969 16,865

16,781 80

Karnataka

29,05,124 1,987

23,820 318

28,44,742 1,632

36,562 37

Tamil Nadu

25,59,597 1,986

20,716 218

25,04,805 2,178

34,076 26

Andhra Pradesh

19,66,175 2,058

21,180 18

19,31,618 2,053

13,377 23

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,441 31

712 17

16,84,973 48

22,756

West Bengal

15,28,019 769

11,113 58

14,98,770 819

18,136 8

Delhi

14,36,265 58

581 1

14,10,631 56

25,053 1

Chhattisgarh

10,02,008 102

1,863 102

9,86,621 203

13,524 1

Odisha

9,77,268 1,578

14,538 389

9,56,828 1,899

5,902 68

Rajasthan

9,53,667 17

248 6

9,44,465 22

8,954 1

Gujarat

8,24,877 27

252 8

8,14,549 35

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,828 22

122 1

7,81,193 21

10,513

Haryana

7,69,913 29

712 0

7,59,566 27

9,635 2

Bihar

7,24,835 44

457 1

7,14,735 45

9,643

Telangana

6,44,951 621

9,069 72

6,32,080 691

3,802 2

Punjab

5,99,104 51

534 10

5,82,277 60

16,293 1

Assam

5,66,198 989

13,322 510

5,47,616 1,480

5,260 19

Jharkhand

3,47,173 36

252 8

3,41,793 44

5,128

Uttarakhand

3,42,139 116

632 13

3,34,145 129

7,362

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,462 118

1,176 5

3,15,908 113

4,378

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,027 153

1,217 80

2,01,289 72

3,521 1

Goa

1,71,146 94

1,058 35

1,66,941 128

3,147 1

Puducherry

1,20,915 100

962 17

1,18,158 115

1,795 2

Manipur

98,499 801

10,540 195

86,403 981

1,556 15

Tripura

78,583 222

3,482 2

74,346 224

755

Meghalaya

65,000 686

5,966 175

57,949 499

1,085 12

Chandigarh

61,953 1

31 5

61,111 5

811 1

Arunachal Pradesh

48,122 266

3,954 188

43,939 451

229 3

Mizoram

38,925 861

12,388 213

26,387 643

150 5

Nagaland

27,872 159

1,329 55

25,977 99

566 5

Sikkim

26,548 237

3,400 98

22,804 137

344 2

Ladakh

20,338 10

56 6

20,075 4

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650 6

29 1

10,617 7

4

Lakshadweep

10,189 11

84 7

10,055 4

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,537 2

8 0

7,400 2

129

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