The decision to increase test and lower antigen test. The PCR is intended to expedite the COVID test result. Reducing testing. Two and a half lakh antigen testing kits will be procured for this.
There are also lengthy procedures for handling samples to the PCR. The collected samples should be placed in a liquid medium called a viral transport medium. These should then be wrapped in ice packs and placed in a thermocole box to be sent to the labs. The procedure alone takes up to six hours. Currently RTPCR It also takes more than two days to get the test results. But the procedure for the antigen test is simple. The results will be available in half an hour.
In the case of patients with high RTPCR. The panel recommended that the test be reduced and that the antigen test be increased. Based on this, the government will soon purchase another 2.5 lakh antigen kits. The government has asked Kerala Medical Services Corporation Limited to make the kits available as soon as possible.
Permission has been given to buy one kit at Rs 450. The proposal is to deliver one lakh kits in the first batch. On the other hand, if the antigen test is negative, they may have RTPCR. It is also suggested that an inspection be carried out.