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Kochi Based Medical Devices Maker Launches New COVID-19 Testing Kit Claimed To Be More Accurate Than RT-PCR Test

Agappe Diagnostics Ltd, a Kochi-based medical devices manufacturer, will launch a new COVID-19 test kit based on RT-LAMP (Reverse Transcription Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) technology on November 10

Kochi Based Medical Devices Maker Launches New COVID-19 Testing Kit Claimed To Be More Accurate Than RT-PCR Test
Highlights
  • The new COVID-19 test can be done in any laboratory: Agappe Diagnostics
  • COVID-19 test kit based on RT-LAMP takes 10 minutes to perform the test
  • The newer technique is 100 per cent accurate, informed the innovator

Kochi: Agappe Diagnostics Ltd, a Kochi-based medical devices manufacturer, is launching a new COVID-19 test kit based on RT-LAMP (Reverse Transcription Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) technology. Agappe is the first company in India to get the clearance of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) for this technology. They will launch this on November 10. According to them, the test in this technology will be completed in 10 minutes and the accurate result will get in one hour.

Also Read: IIIM Devises Novel Coronavirus Test Kit For Rapid Diagnosis Of COVID-19, Seeks ICMR Nod For It

Speaking to ANI, Thomas John, MD said,

During the COVID pandemic, we bring the new technology called Loop amplification method, LAMP technology for the COVID. Not only COVID, but we are also coming with the other parameters like Leptospirosis, Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya and other infectious diseases. This is a very advanced technology and already presents in developed countries like Japan, Korea, the US, etc. This technology always gives very precise values and it takes very less time for detection.

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Dr. DM Vasudevan said, “We are testing the COVID cases by RT-PCR method. That is the usual test that we are doing. There are certain difficulties for the RT-PCR. One is that it will take a long time to get the result. The actual test needs about six hours and it will take about 24 hours to get the result to the patient. Whereas in the new technique, we are introducing now that is called LAMP technique. Here the test is actually done within 10 minutes. And the patient will get result in one hour. That is the greatest advantage.”

Also Read: WHO, Partners Roll Out Faster COVID Tests For Poorer Nations

The second advantage is that the RT-PCR test is costly. Because it needs a bigger machine, it is actually a thermal cycler is required and therefore sophisticated machine is required. And therefore ultimately the cost will be enhanced. Whereas this particular technique is very simple test which can be done any laboratory. Ordinary water bath will be sufficient for this. And the cost of the test will be reduced. These are two major advantages, Dr. Vasudevan said.

He added, “One more technical advantage is that this particular newer technique is 100 percent accurate. The RT-PCR is that it is 85 percent results we can rely. This particular test has been validated by ICMR as well as the other agencies of Govt of India. LAMP technology has been validated in the world in the last 4 or 5 years. And it has come here today now.”

Also Read: First Cost, Time-Effective ‘CRISPR’ Test For COVID-19 Gets Nod For Commercial Launch

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World

26,58,63,058Cases
22,65,37,591Active
3,40,69,608Recovered
52,55,859Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,58,63,058 and 52,55,859 have died; 22,65,37,591 are active cases and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 5:12 am.

India

3,46,41,561 8,306Cases
98,416739Active
3,40,69,608 8,834Recovered
4,73,537 211Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,41,561 confirmed cases including 4,73,537 deaths. The number of active cases is 98,416 and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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