ICMR ramps up COVID-19 testing in Ladakh

A medical worker works on the preliminary blood test of people tested for COVID-19 at the Chulalongkorn University Health Service Center in Bangkok, Thailand, April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Friday announced that rapid antigen testing kits have now reached Leh after setting up a lab for RT-PCR testing.

“@ICMRDELHI has reached a major milestone for enhancing testing in Ladakh! After setting up a lab for RT-PCR testing, rapid antigen testing kits have now reached Leh!” tweeted the ICMR.

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