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Covid-19 Antigen Test Kit To Cost Rs 450 In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday capped the price for COVID19 antigen test kit at Rs 450 plus GST for private laboratories and point-of-care facilities conducting the Covid-19 test.

“Upper price cap of Rs 450 plus GST for each standard Q COVID19 Ag Kit of the vendor SD Bio Sensor must be adhered to by all the private facilities complying to the prevailing ICMR norms,” stated an official notification issued by the State Health Department.

All such private facilities must conduct the point-of-care rapid antigen tests (Standard a COVID-19 Ag Kit) or the TrueNat tests strictly following the prevailing protocol as prescribed by ICMR, the notification added.

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The State government had earlier announced that one lakh Standard Q Covid-19 Ag (antigen) detection kits will be procured to ramp up testing. The kits have been developed by South Korean company S D Biosensor.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, suspected individuals who test negative for COVID-19 in rapid-antigen test should undergo RT-PCR test to rule out the infection.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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