The southern Indian state of Kerala has decided to start rapid testing to detect coronavirus infection as a measure to stop community spread of COVID-19.
The point-of-care test kits to detect the presence of the virus on the spot are expected to arrive in two to three days’ time as soon as the machinery for the testing arrives, KK Shailaja, the state health minister was quoted as saying in media reports.
There is no community spread of infection reported in Kerala, so far. Rapid testing will help detect spread of infection more effectively, the minister added. The state authorities have received the required approvals for using the spot test kits from the Indian Council for Medical Research, the minister informed.
Experts said mass testing of the general population regardless of their infection status is an effective way to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in a scenario where even people showing mild or no symptoms transmit the infection to others.
Meanwhile, the number of people with COVID-19 crossed 200 mark with 21 new cases reported positive on the 29th of March, 2020.