The Gujarat government on Thursday allowed private laboratories to conduct rapid antibody tests for COVID-19. So far only designated private laboratories were allowed to conduct only RT-PCR tests for COVID-19. The civic body offered free antigen test for COVDI-19.
An official release said that citizens can undergo rapid antibody tests at designated laboratories. However, the laboratories are required to take permission from chief district health officers or medical officers of municipal corporations before conducting rapid antibody tests.
Laboratories have been asked to use ICMR-approved ELISA or CLIA rapid antibody test kits. They have to inform the officials about the test results and also which kit was used.
Laboratories can charge Rs450 for ELISA and Rs 500 for CLIA test kits. If samples are collected from homes or hospitals they can charge Rs550 and Rs600 respectively.
The release said if laboratories charge more than the stipulated fees they will lose their licence. Rapid antibody tests result is revealed within minutes and are relatively cheaper than the former.
COVID-19 in Gujarat
Gujarat COVID-19 figures on Wednesday touched 1,46,673 as the state recorded 1,311 new cases. The state has recorded over 1,300 cases for 26 days now while it has recorded over 1400 cases for nine days so far. The state has carried out 51,385 tests in the last 24 hours.
1,414 patients were cured of COVID-19 in the state in the last 24 hours taking the recovery rate to 86.35%. The state has in all recorded 16,485 active cases of which 86 are on ventilator support. So far 1,26,657 patients have recovered from the disease in the state.
The state also saw 9 fatalities due to the disease. Of these four were in Ahmedabad and three in Surat. Vadodara and Mehsana recorded one fatality each.
Of the total deaths in Surat and Ahmedabad, three were in AMC and two in SMC limits. With this, the Gujarat COVID-19 fatalities stand at 3,531.
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