Saturday, April 04, 2020

India's first medical cargo plans to bring back test kits from China on April 5

On April 5, the first medical cargo flight from India will leave for China. This special Air India flight will be used to bring medical cargo from China, including novel coronavirus test kits. The governments of both countries are hoping that more such flights will operate between India and China in the near future.

Going by reports, the flight on Sunday will bring back antibody rapid tests which serve as an alternative to RT-PCR tests for confirmation of Covid-19. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has already placed an order for 10 lakh test kits, however, it is unclear how many of these will be imported from China.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, authorities in both India and China have been coordinating efforts to reduce the spread of the disease. Chinese official media on Saturday revealed that 95 police officers and 46 medical workers in the country died while battling the surge in novel coronavirus cases that originated from Wuhan city in Hubei province.
04/04/20 Poulomi Saha/India Today

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