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Odisha government visualises a large-scale n-CoV testing in the State in coming days

Bhubaneswar:10/4/20: In order to give a big impetus to State’s COVID-19 testing capacity, the State government visualises a large-scale n-CoV testing in the State in coming days.

Moreover, Odisha’s key anti-COVID-19 strategy got a boost post the functioning of state-of-art COBAS 6800 system at Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) here. Also, the likely requisition of nearly 1 lakh rapid test kits soon will enhance the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

The key reason behind has been outlined today by Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) CBK Mohanty. He said the State government’s set a target to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests on over 2 lakh people, especially migrant workers, to resolve the quarantine blues.

“The approval of antibody-based rapid testing of coronavirus by Centre will prove a boon for Odisha. Already nearly a lakh migrant workers have returned to the state from high-burden states. Reports have come about friction between returnees and villagers. Quarantining such a large population is also proving taxing for the administration. Since the current confirmatory real-time PCR is time-consuming, the rapid test will come handy in eliminating nearly 98 per cent of tests that test negative in RTPCR,” said DMET CBK Mohanty.

Moreover, with 80 per cent novel coronavirus positives in State being asymptomatic, scaling up the testing capacity in Odisha is the first priority, Mohanty added.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 health bulletin of the State government today revealed two COVID-19 positives in State are critical and are on ventilator support. It further added results of 400 tests sent today for examination are awaited. The total active COVID-19 positives in State stood at 45 as on 9 AM today.

Talking to media today, RMRC Bhubaneswar Director Sanghamitra Pati informed that RMRC, an arm of ICMR, has become the 2nd such institute in the country to put in place the advanced COBAS 6800 system, an automated state-of-art COVID-19 testing system manufactured by Roche Diagnostics.

As per the information available, the current capacity of COVID-19 tests as on today stood at around 475. But the average utilisation of the testing capacity stood at around 61 per cent during the period of April 1 – 9.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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