In Haryana, unreliable antigen kits used for one-third assessments

Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 3

Haryana ramped up testing by the intensive use of fast antigen kits in July even though in additional than one-third of the constructive instances they’ve been giving incorrect detrimental studies.

Official information of the state Health Department reveals that of the three.48 lakh assessments carried out within the state in July, 1.42 lakh used fast antigen kits.

While the general positivity fee within the state was 5.7 per cent on August 2, solely 3.7 per cent of these examined by fast antigen kits have been discovered constructive. Of the 44,080 individuals examined by fast antigen assessments in Gurugram, the district with highest variety of cumulative instances, just one,239 (2.Eight per cent) examined constructive. In distinction, 8,020 of the 71,688 individuals who have been examined by RT-PCR approach have been discovered constructive, making the positivity fee 11.18 per cent.

Similarly, of the 29,693 examined by fast antigen assessments in Faridabad, 2,014 (6.Eight per cent) examined constructive. And, of the 45,305 individuals who have been examined by RT-PCR approach in that district, 6,988 have been discovered constructive with a positivity fee of whopping 15.42 per cent.

“The governments, not only of Haryana but also of some other states like Delhi, have switched to rapid antigen tests only to pat their back by claiming that the infection rate has come down. But many of the cases shown negative by the rapid antigen tests are in fact false negatives,” stated sources, who didn’t wish to be recognized.

Even the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has admitted that the fast antigen assessments might give false negatives and therefore these testing detrimental should be confirmed by means of RT-PCR, which is taken into account the gold commonplace for the detection

of coronavirus.

“Those who test negative for Covid-19 by the rapid antigen test should be definitely tested sequentially by RT-PCR to rule out infection, whereas a positive test should be considered as a true positive and does not need reconfirmation by RT-PCR test,” stated an advisory issued by the ICMR final month.

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