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New Delhi, 26th November 2020 and fast method of Dry Swab developed by CSIRs constituent lab Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Hyderabad for scaling up of SARS detection has now been approved by ICMR based on their independent validation. This method developed by CSIRvariation of the existing gold standard RT method and can easily scale up the testing by 2 to 3 fold with no new investment of resources. After evaluating this method and finding an overall concordance of 96.9%, ICMR has now issued an advisory for the use of CSIR swab method, considering its lesser cost and quick turn-around time.

CSIR-CCMB, Hyderabad has been testing samples for coronavirus since April 2020. Having worked closely with the healthcare workers of Telangana, it identified some of the key issues that slow the testing process. In response to it, the researchers here developed the extraction free testing method for the COVID-19 virus.

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