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BMC officials say that the sale of home testing kits has increased by 100 percent.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is worried about the decrease in corona cases in Mumbai amid the third wave of infection. BMC officials say that sales of home testing kits have gone up by 100 percent and due to this many cases are not being reported. To curb this, BMC has issued new guidelines on Friday.
The new order directs those responsible for manufacturing, supplying and selling home antigen testing kits to email details of the same to BMC officials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a prescribed format every day. The order said that the labs or individuals are required to report the results of all COVID-19 tests conducted using Rapid Antigen Test Kits or Home Test Kits to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) through mobile applications.
The BMC has said that in some cases the results of home testing kits have not been communicated to the ICMR, making it difficult to track the infected and increasing the number of infections.
under new guidelines
This is how home testing kit will be monitored
That’s why Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is necessary.
On the new guidelines of BMC, Dr. Tripti Gilada, Infectious Disease Specialist of Masina Hospital, Mumbai said that it is true that the widespread use of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and its non-reporting is not showing us the true picture of the current wave. Most people with symptoms are not getting tested and many are already doing RAT at home. In fact, the situation is so serious that RT-PCR takes about 72 hours and by the time the result is known, the infection has spread. RAT is a good thing in such a situation, but reporting it is necessary.