Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved three home based test kits, and has left the decision on states to take a call on them. This decision comes after the centre had clearly asked all states to ramp up testing.
The Centre last year had stressed on the need for home-based test kits to decrease the load on laboratories. While the kits are being increasingly used, many states have continuously been stressing on RT-PCR and antigen tests due to the festive season. At present ICMR has approved Coviself from Mylab Discovery solutions, Panbio from Abbott Rapid Diagnostics division, and Covidfind from Meril Diagnostics.