.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A health worker administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at a vaccination centre (Photo Credits: PTI)

  • RT-PCR tests are used for detection of COVID-19
  • A person’s result coming positive even though the person is not infected is called a false positive
  • The reasons for a false positive are laboratory error and wrong cross reaction

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A health worker collects swab samples of a Gujjar-Bakarwal community woman for COVID-19 tests, on the outskirts of Jammu, Friday, June 4, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • COVID-19 self-test kits are now being delivered at home
  • Mylab Discovery Solutions has produced the country's first COVID-19 home-test kit
  • The kit costs Rs 250

.Kolkata, West Bengal, India
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accused central ministers of 'inciting violence' in West Bengal. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Mamata Banerjee on Thursday noted that anyone visiting the state, including central ministers, would need an RT-PCR test report
  • Banerjee, on Thursday, also announced Rs 2 lakh as compensation for those who died in post-poll violence
  • BJP, so far, has claimed that six of its workers were killed by TMC supporters in post-poll violence

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Medic takes swab sample of traders and workers for COVID-19 testing by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) at APMC Grain Market, Friday, April 30, 2021 (PTI Photo)

  • If an individual has tested positive for COVID-19, his/her testing must not be repeated, the ICMR said
  • Testing is not required for COVID-19 recovered individuals, the ICMR said
  • It said that RT-PCR tests of healthy individuals, travelling inter-state, can be completely removed

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
RT PCR Tests are being used to detect coronavirus infection in an individual. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • CT stands for Cycle Threshold 
  • If the CT value is below 35 in the RT-PCR test, a patient is a COVID-19 positive
  • Maharshtra government had asked the ICMR to reduce CT cut off from 35 to 24

Tuesday marked the sixth consecutive day for India to record more than 200,000 daily COVID-19 cases. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The current COVID-19 tally in the country is 15,321,089
  • Himachal Pradesh made it mandatory for travellers to show a negative RT-PCR test result after April 16
  • Uttarakhand has made it compulsory for travellers from five states to carry a negative RT-PCR test report

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A man wearing a protective mask walks in front of a closed shop during the nationwide lockdown in Amritsar. (Photo Credit:PTI/File)

  • Public celebrations of Holi, Navratri, Shab-e-Barat and gatherings in general have been banned
  • Delhi on Tuesday reported 1,101 fresh COVID-19 cases
  • The total number of cases in the national capital stands at 6,49,973