Maharashtra will use technology to increase testing: Rajesh Tope


70 percent of tests in Maharashtra complied with RT-PCR, minister said (File)


The Maharashtra government plans to introduce modern COVID-19 detection technology to increase the number of tests and minimize the waiting period for reports, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Friday.

Such technology would be used in coronavirus hotspots in Maharashtra, Tope said.

“Companies like Thermo Fisher and Abbott have developed modern technology machines that can perform up to 10,000 tests per day. We are also setting up mobile test vans to reach people who cannot leave their homes, ”he said.

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The minister added that 70 percent of the tests carried out in Maharashtra conformed to the RT-PCR method and the rest being antigens, which is the standard set by the ICMR.

The state, over the past few days, was performing 2.30 lakh tests each day, but reports were coming in after three to four days, the minister said, adding that modern technology would be used to minimize the waiting period. .

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