Coronavirus in India: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi have developed a cheaper technique of preparing test kits to detect COVID-19. This technique can significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing a Corona test kit. The National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune is going to recognize this technique for testing on clinical samples.
The "probe-free detection assay" developed by researchers at the prestigious institute's Kusuma School of Biological Sciences has been tested in the institute's research laboratories. According to the team, given the scale of the ongoing epidemic, the development of indigenous kits is extremely important so as to reduce the costs involved.
The central government on Saturday recommended that the maximum fee for each COVID-19 test by private laboratories should not exceed Rs 4,500.
The research team that developed the technique includes PhD scholars, Prashant Pradhan, Ashutosh Pandey and Praveen Tripathi, post-doctoral fellows Parul Gupta, Akhilesh Mishra, Professor Vivekanandan Perumal, Manoj B. Menon, James Gomes and Biswajit Kundu.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 16,911 samples out of 16,021 individuals have been tested for SARS-CoV2 on March 21 and 315 out of total suspected cases have been confirmed.