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ICMR’s Fresh Guidelines Suggest Rapid Antibody Test Only For Surveillance, Lays Stress On RT-PCR Tests To Contain COVID-19

In its fresh protocol for using rapid anti-body test, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked to use the rapid antibody test only for the surveillance purpose

ICMR’s Fresh Guidelines Suggest Rapid Antibody Test Only For Surveillance, Lays Stress On RT-PCR Tests To Contain COVID-19
Highlights
  • Rapid antibody test should be used only for the surveillance purpose: ICMR
  • RT-PCR tests must be used as principal diagnostic tests for COVID-19: ICMR
  • Rapid antibody test kits cannot replace the RT-PCR test diagnostic: ICMR

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has directed all States/UTs to follow fresh protocol under which the rapid antibody test should be used only for the surveillance purpose, while reiterating the RT-PCR tests must be continued vigorously as the principal diagnostic tests to contain the coronavirus infection. “I would like to reiterate that antibody rapid tests are largely to be used as a tool for surveillance with respect to the formation of antibody in persons exposed to the virus. Globally also, the utility of this test is evolving. It is currently being used for the detection of antibodies in individuals. These test results are also dependent on field conditions,” Dr GS Toteja, Additional Director General, ICMR, wrote on Wednesday (April 22).

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Dr Toteja, who has written to all Chief Secretaries of states and UTs, has added,

We have been given to understand that many states have procured such kits and on the State’s request, the ICMR has also arranged and made available rapid antibody test kits with a clear understanding that these kits cannot replace the RT-PCR test diagnostic for COVID-19 cases.

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The latest direction comes a day after when the ICMR advised States and UTs not to use the rapid testing kits for the next two days till the fresh advisory is not issued, as some states had raised concerns over the faulty rapid antibody tests.

The apex medical research body has stated that in its previous advisory the ICMR had clearly mentioned that the scope, purpose and usage of the rapid antibody tests.

ICMR has always emphasised that the confirmatory test for the diagnosis of COVID-19 infection is RT-PCR test of the throat and/or nasal swab, which detects virus at an early stage.

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However to further assist the State, the ICMR will continue to collect data from various states to assess the scope and extent of the utility of these rapid antibody tests in field conditions of our country and will keep advising the States on a regular basis, Dr Toteja said.

In view of this, the States are advised to follow the prescribed protocol for these tests and use it for the purpose for which these kits are meant.

It is reiterated that to contain coronavirus infection, RT-PCR tests must be continued vigorously as the principal diagnostic tests, added Dr Toteja.

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World

24,29,84,542Cases
20,45,14,204Active
3,35,32,126Recovered
49,38,212Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,29,84,542 and 49,38,212 have died; 20,45,14,204 are active cases and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 3:51 am.

India

3,41,59,562 16,326Cases
1,73,7282,017Active
3,35,32,126 17,677Recovered
4,53,708 666Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,59,562 confirmed cases including 4,53,708 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,73,728 and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,99,850 1,632

27,747 152

64,32,138 1,744

1,39,965 40

Kerala

48,97,884 9,361

81,490 603

47,88,629 9,401

27,765 563

Karnataka

29,85,227 378

8,920 97

29,38,312 464

37,995 11

Tamil Nadu

26,92,949 1,152

13,531 259

26,43,431 1,392

35,987 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,781 478

5,398 102

20,43,050 574

14,333 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,069 1

85 22

16,87,085 23

22,899

West Bengal

15,84,492 846

7,577 42

15,57,882 792

19,033 12

Delhi

14,39,526 38

340 29

14,14,095 8

25,091 1

Odisha

10,37,523 467

4,197 139

10,25,025 603

8,301 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,799 26

214 8

9,92,013 18

13,572

Rajasthan

9,54,396 1

32 4

9,45,410 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,378 25

165 9

8,16,126 16

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,729 8

80 8

7,82,126 16

10,523

Haryana

7,71,133 8

122 9

7,60,962 17

10,049

Bihar

7,26,045 3

30 0

7,16,354 3

9,661

Telangana

6,69,932 193

3,963 4

6,62,025 196

3,944 1

Assam

6,08,126 315

3,866 104

5,98,296 209

5,964 2

Punjab

6,02,163 28

230 4

5,85,382 24

16,551

Jharkhand

3,48,562 36

183 17

3,43,244 19

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,799 12

166 10

3,36,235 22

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,494 108

870 56

3,26,195 52

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,312 174

1,483 31

2,17,096 141

3,733 2

Goa

1,77,819 54

600 18

1,73,862 72

3,357

Puducherry

1,27,621 57

454 0

1,25,314 56

1,853 1

Manipur

1,23,107 56

906 440

1,20,294 494

1,907 2

Mizoram

1,16,689 745

9,636 398

1,06,653 1,143

400

Tripura

84,376 7

98 7

83,462 14

816

Meghalaya

83,269 59

698 37

81,128 94

1,443 2

Chandigarh

65,320 5

28 2

64,472 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,075 10

141 1

54,654 9

280

Sikkim

31,842 23

183 2

31,266 25

393

Nagaland

31,689 19

245 5

30,766 23

678 1

Ladakh

20,896

40 3

20,648 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,679 1

4 0

10,671 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

6 1

7,511 1

129

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