Saturday, April 04, 2020

First Batch of 1,000 Rapid Test Kits Flown to Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Around 1,000 kits for rapid testing of Covid-19 have been flown into the city, which is among the virus hotspots identified by the central government, while more kits are on their way. The testing kits will be handed over to the district collector.

Announcing the arrival of the first batch of the testing kits, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also thanked SpiceJet for helping transport the kits.
Tharoor’s office said Rs 57 lakh from the Congress leader’s MPLAD funds were used to procure the kits. “The MP has also given Rs 1 crore to Sree Chitra Institute for developing their testing kits, which will be sent to the ICMR for approval. An order for 3,000 kits has been placed at My Labs, a Pune-based company which has permission from the ICMR to produce the kits,” his office said.

It added that orders have been placed for 9,000 personal protection equipment from Ernakulam of which the first lot of 500 has been delivered and another 500-1000 will be delivered by next week.

The need for rapid testing kits was also expressed by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and counterparts of other states. Vijayan had sought the Centre’s help in procuring kits from Hong Kong.
03/04/20 Neethu Reghukumar/CNN-News18
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