.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

.Pune, Maharashtra, India
The ICMR gave a nod to the home testing kit on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Representational/ Unsplash)

  • Pune's MyLab has developed a home-based COVID-19 test kit named COVISELF
  • The company aims to produce 1 crore testing kits by June 1
  • ICMR stated that the kits should be used on symptomatic individuals

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Rapid tests have been given a nod, but should be done with the algorithm provided by ICMR: Dr. Balram Bhargava. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • ICMR DG Dr. Balram Bhargava said on Tuesday that rapid tests will be allowed without prior validation
  • The medical council has made announcements to improve testing and tracking across the country
  • Rapid test booths to be set up in towns and villages for better access of testing in rural areas

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal gave out a rather grim picture of the situation.(Photo Credit: Twitter / @ArvindKejriwal)

  • Arvind Kejriwal said less than 100 ICU beds are available in hospitals in the capital
  • Authorities reported 161 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours
  • Kejriwal had on Saturday warned hospitals of strict action if they are found giving wrong information

CRP is known as c-reactive protein or serum. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • A CRP test measures the level of c-reactive protein in a person's blood
  • Normally, one has low levels of CRP in their blood, high levels signify that there might be a serious infection or disorder
  • The test maybe helpful in order to monitor conditions that cause inflammation like pain, swelling or redness in injured area

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The US has ramped up COVID-19 containment efforts. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The approved tests will be manufactured by Quidel and Abbott
  • The results will be available within 10-20 minutes
  • No prescription will be required to purchase the test kit

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The new COVID-19 strain has been showing up in the US (Picture Credits: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The new air travel policy will be enforced on January 26, 2021
  • In additon to a negative test, a written declaration will be submitted by travelers
  • CDC also suggested a test three days after arrival in the US

.Brisbane QLD, Australia
The test was found to be 96% as effective as lab testing. (Picture credits: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • The single-use kit includes a self-administered nasal swab and analyser
  • The test is said to deliver results in just 15 minutes 
  • "We're also building this capacity to respond to a future pandemic," Sean Parsons said

.New York, NY, USA
The US has dispensed only 4 million COVID-19 vaccines till now (Photo Credits : Twitter @nycgov)

  • The infected individual has no recent travel history which hints towards community spread 
  • New York has tested 5,000 people for the new strain till now
  • Hospitals in New York will be fined they fail to vaccinate enough residents 

.London, UK
Britain is going all out to fight the virus. (Photo Credit: AP / PTI).

  • The British government has said it wants to start mass testing people
  • The self-test kit uses an antigen lateral flow test (antigen LFT), which can give results in 30 minutes
  • NHS Test and Trace system has been heavily criticised following a series of high-profile failures