Coronavirus: RT-PCR tests to be brought down to 40% of total, says Centre


The Centre on Thursday announced that RT-PCR tests will be cut to 40% of the total tests by the end of next month. The RT-PCR test is widely believed to be the most accurate method to detect the coronavirus infection.

India on Thursday recorded 2,76,110 new coronavirus cases, taking the total count of infections to 2,57,72,440 since the pandemic broke out in January 2020. The country’s toll rose to 2,87,122 as it registered 3,874 deaths in the last day.

The Centre on Thursday said that Indian companies will import six lakh vials of Amphotericin B, the drug used to treat “black fungus” infections, and that the shortage of the drug will be resolved soon. Earlier, the Union Health Ministry asked states to make post-Covid complication mucormycosis, or “black fungus”, a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.

Globally, the coronavirus has now infected over 16.52 crore people and killed over 34.25 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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