COVID-19: Given the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus infected patients in the country, the government on Saturday banned the export of test kits with immediate effect. The Ministry of Commerce has issued a notification regarding this.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has said in the order that the export of diagnostic kits is being banned with immediate effect. This step will help in tackling the COVID-19 crisis, as they are required in the investigation of patients.
Until now these products could be exported without any restrictions. Putting them in the restricted category means that exporters cannot send any consignments outside without the permission of DGFT.
Meanwhile, scientists from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have found great success in developing a new kit for quick screening of COVID-19. Developed by scientists at CSIR-affiliated Institute of Genomics and Embedded Biology (IGIB), New Delhi, it is a paper-strip-based test kit to detect infection of COVID-19 in a short time.
This paper strip-based test kit is developed by a team led by Dr. Sauvik Maity, the scientist at IGIB and Dr. Debajyoti Chakraborty. This kit can detect viral RNA of the new coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) in less than an hour. Scientists say that a paper-strip kit is much cheaper than commonly used testing methods and may help meet the massive corona testing challenge once it is developed.
The outbreak of coronavirus is increasing continuously in India. On Saturday, the number of corona infections in the country crossed in 2900. Since COVID-19, 68 people have lost their lives across the country and 183 have fully recovered or have been discharged from the hospital. If more than one million people are corona infected in the world, more than 55 thousand have lost their lives.
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