Delays in testing Bengal pins COVID-19 for “defective kits” from the medical body

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Coronavirus: Bengal said the kits supplied by ICMR are not conclusive

Kolkata:

Faulty kits supplied by the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR), the country’s hub for COVID-19 testing, have yielded ambiguous results and slowed the pace of testing, according to the West Bengal government.

In tweets on Sunday, the State Department of Health and Family Care urged the ICMR to investigate the problem immediately, as the delays have resulted in repeated and confirmatory tests being required to slow the fight against the pandemic. West Bengal has so far reported 310 cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths, according to data from the Department of Health. Cases have increased in the past three days.

While an ICMR response is expected, the director of the Council’s Node Committee in Calcutta said the issue was being raised seriously.

“It is unfortunate that the kits are not standardized to provide accurate results. It is difficult for any of the medical schools to standardize the kits, so they show different and inconclusive results,” said Dr. Shanta Dutta, director of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) in Kolkata.

First, kits would be put together and standardized at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. As demand grew, the ICMR began importing ready-made kits and sending them to 26 depots for delivery to laboratories across the country.

NICED is one such depot and, in addition to West Bengal, also delivers kits to Odisha and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

“There used to be no problem when the test kits came in directly from the National Institute of Virology in Pune. Recently, deliveries to government laboratories in West Bengal were routed through ICMR-NICED in Calcutta,” the department tweeted on Sunday.

“ICMR-NICED’s apparently defective test kits result in a high number of repeat / confirmation tests and cause delays and other related issues at a time when we are fighting a pandemic,” it said.

The tweets raised their eyebrows at references to “mischievous reports on social media about the alleged delay in testing swab samples” in the state.

Just last week, in a series of media interviews, the NICED director questioned the low test rate for COVID-19 in West Bengal and denied that a lack of kits was responsible.

Dr. Dutta had also questioned the declining number of swab samples that NICED had received from the state government. In the week leading up to April 12, she said her laboratory would receive a maximum of 20 samples a day if its testing capacity was 80-90 samples.

Her comments had caused a stir in West Bengal and beyond because the state was actually at the bottom of the list when it came to test numbers per million.

The West Bengal government will begin rapid antibody and pool tests to detect COVID-19 patients, the state government said in a statement on Sunday. Mass tests for coronaviruses can be carried out inexpensively using pool tests – tests with groups of five people as a survey, according to the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). Mass testing has become more important as the number of coronavirus positive in the country exceeds 16,000.

world

23,48,124cases

15,82,245active

6,04,475Restored

1.61.404Deaths

Corona virus has spread 185 Countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,48,124 and 1.61.404 died; 15,82,245 are active cases and 6,04,475 recovered at 6.48 p.m. on April 19, 2020.

India

16.116 1324cases

13,295 1006active

2,302 287Restored

519 31Deaths

There is in India 16.116 confirmed cases including 519 Deaths. The number of active cases is 13,295 and 2,302 recovered at 5 p.m. on April 19, 2020.

State and District Details

Status

cases

active

Restored

Deaths

circlecases

Mumbai514

Pune134

Mumbai Suburban65

Thane31

Sangli24th

Ahmednagar22

Nagpur17th

Latur8th

Palghar8th

Aurangabad8th

Raigad6

Satara5

Yavatmal4th

Osmanabad4th

Buldhana4th

Jalgaon2nd

Kolhapur2nd

Hingoli2nd

Ratnagiri2nd

Washim1

Nashik1

Sindhudurg1

Amravati1

Jalna1

Gondia1

Details expected *2783

3651 328

3075 284

365 34

211 10th

circlecases

south175

Central100

north66

Shahdara66

New Delhi56

South-east33

southwest24th

west23

east17th

Northeast9

northwest6

Details expected *1318

1893 186

1778 185

72

43 1

circlecases

Ahmadabad79

Surat18th

Bhavnagar13

Gandhinagar12th

Vadodara12th

Rajkot10th

Patan5

Porbandar3rd

Mahesana2nd

Kachchh2nd

Gir Somnath2nd

Panch Mahals1

Anand1

Sabar Kantha1

Jamnagar1

Chhotaudepur1

Morbi1

Botad1

Details expected *1439

1604 332

1452 316

94 6

58 10th

circlecases

Indore116

Bhopal70

Morena12th

Jabalpur8th

Ujjain8th

Barwani3rd

Khargons3rd

Chhindwara2nd

Gwalior2nd

Shivpuri2nd

Vidisha1

Details expected *1180

1407 52

1210

127 58

70 1

circlecases

Chennai150

Coimbatore60

Dindigul45

Tirunelveli36

Erode32

Tiruchirappalli30th

Namakkal28

Madurai24th

Theni24th

Karur22

Tiruppur19th

Villupuram16

Cuddalore13

Thiruvallur12th

Thiruvarur12th

Salem12th

Virudhunagar11

Thanjavur11

Nagapattinam11

Tiruvannamalai9

Kanchipuram6

Kanniyakumari6

Sivaganga5

Vellore5

The Nilgiris4th

Ramanathapuram2nd

Ariyalur1

Perambalur1

Details expected *765

1372 49

992

365 82

fifteen

circlecases

Jaipur104

Jodhpur55

Bhilwara27

Tonk20th

Jhunjhunu20th

Jaisalmer16

Bikaner11

Churu11

Kota10th

Banswara9

Ajmer7

Dungarpur6

Dausa6

Bharatpur5

Alwar4th

Udaipur4th

Nagaur2nd

Pali2nd

Pratapgarh2nd

Dholpur1

Karauli1

Sikar1

Details expected *1027

1351 122

1157 122

183

11

circlecases

Gautam Buddha Nagar58

Agra49

Meerut32

Ghaziabad23

Lucknow22

Shamli14

Saharanpur13

Kanpur Nagar8th

Sitapur8th

Varanasi7

Bareilly6

Maharajganj6

Basti5

Ghazipur5

Firozabad4th

Hathras4th

Kheri4th

Baghpat3rd

Pratapgarh3rd

Jaunpur3rd

Hapur3rd

Azamgarh3rd

Bulandshahr3rd

Rae Bareli2nd

Mirzapur2nd

Pilibhit2nd

Mathura2nd

Banda2nd

Shahjahanpur1

Kaushambi1

Moradabad1

Prayagraj1

Hardoi1

Budaun1

Bijnor1

Barabanki1

Auraiya1

Details expected *779

1084 115

959 90

108 22

17th 3rd

circlecases

Hyderabad174

Nizamabad26

Warangal Urban23

Medchal Malkajgiri17th

Ranga Reddy17th

Nalgonda13

Jogulamba Gadwal12th

Adilabad10th

Kamareddy9

Karimnagar9

Mahabubnagar8th

Suryapet8th

Sangareddy7

Jagitial4th

Vicarabad4th

Nirmal4th

Medak4th

Bhadradri Kothagudem4th

Peddapalli2nd

Mulugu2nd

Jangoan2nd

Nagarkurnool2nd

Jayashankar Bhupalapally1

Siddipet1

Mahabubabad1

Details expected *480

844 53

640 53

186

18th

circlecases

Kurnool57

Spsr Nellore42

Guntur38

Krishna28

Y.s.r.27

Prakasam24th

West Godavari21

Visakhapatanam20th

Chittoor17th

East Godavari12th

Anantapur6

Details expected *311

603

546

42

fifteen

circlecases

Kasaragod149

Cannon51

Ernakulam26

Thiruvananthapuramfifteen

Malappuram14

Kozhikode13

Pathanamthitta13

Thrissure12th

Idukki10th

Kollam8th

Palakkad7

Alappuzha3rd

Kottayam3rd

Wayanad3rd

Details expected *73

400 4th

140 2nd

257 2nd

3rd

circlecases

Bengaluru Urban59

Mysore34

Chikkaballapura10th

Bidar10th

Uttara Kannada10th

Dakshina Kannada8th

Belagavi7

Ballari6

Kalaburagi6

Bagalkote5

Bengaluru Rural5

Udupi4th

Mandya3rd

Tumakuru2nd

Davangere2nd

Gadag1

Kodagu1

Dharwad1

Chitradurga1

Details expected *209

384 13

266

104 12th

14 1

circlecases

Srinagar33

Bandipora24th

Baramulla16

Budget9

Jammu9

Udhampur8th

Kupwara5

Pulwama4th

Rajouri3rd

Shopian3rd

Ganderbal2nd

Details expected *225

341 13

285 4th

51 9

5

circlecases

Kolkata37

Howrahfifteen

Medinipur East12th

Kalimpong7

24 Paraganas North6

Jalpaiguri5

Nadia5

24 Paraganas south4th

Hooghly4th

Purba Bardhaman3rd

Medinipur West2nd

Paschim Bardhaman2nd

Darjeeling1

Details expected *207

310 23

236 14

62 7

12th 2nd

circlecases

Nuh38

Gurugram35

Palwal28

Faridabad19th

Karnal5

Ambala4th

Panipat4th

Fatehabad3rd

Sirsa3rd

Panchkula2nd

Bhiwani2nd

Rohtak1

Kaithal1

Sonipat1

Jind1

Hisar1

Charki Dadri1

Details expected *84

233 8th

143

87 44

3rd

circlecases

S.a.s Nagar26

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (nawanshahr)18th

Amritsar10th

Hoshiarpur7

Jalandhar6

Ludhiana5

Mansa5

Fatehgarh Sahib2nd

Pathankot2nd

Faridkot1

Kapurthala1

Moga1

Patiala1

Barnala1

Details expected *133

219 17th

172 10th

31 4th

16 3rd

circlecases

Siwan6

Gaya5

Patna5

Munger4th

Gopalganj3rd

Begusarai2nd

Nalanda2nd

Saharsa2nd

Bhagalpur1

Lakhisarai1

Saran1

Details expected *54

86 1

47 1

37

2nd

circlecases

Khordha33

Bhadrak3rd

Cuttack2nd

Jajapur1

Kalahandi1

Kendrapara1

Puri1

Details expected *19th

61 1

36

24th 3rd

1

circlecases

Dehradun17th

Nainital4th

Udam Singh Nagar4th

Almora1

Haridwar1

Pauri Garhwal1

Details expected *14

42

33

9

0

circlecases

Solan7

Kangra3rd

Una3rd

Details expected *26

39 1

22 1

16

1

circlecases

Raipur5

Korba2nd

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details expected *26

36

12th

24th

0

circlecases

Golaghat9

Torpara4th

Marigaon4th

Nalbari4th

Dhubri3rd

Kamrup Metro2nd

Cachar1

Hailakandi1

Kamrup1

Karimganj1

Lakhimpur1

South Salmara Mancachar1

Details expected *3rd

35

22

12th 3rd

1

circlecases

Ranchi2nd

Hazaribagh1

Details expected *32

35 2nd

33 2nd

0

2nd

circlecases

Chandigarh18th

Details expected *5

23 2nd

13 1

10th 1

0

circlecases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil3rd

Details expected *4th

18th

4th

14

0

circlecases

North and Central Andaman7

South Andaman3rd

Details expected *4th

14 2nd

3rd 2nd

11

0

circlecases

East Khasi Hills1

Details expected *10th

11

10th

0

1

circlecases

North Goa5

South Goa1

Details expected *1

7

1

6

0

circlecases

Pondicherry4th

Mahe1

Details expected *2nd

7

4th

3rd

0

circlecases

Imphal West1

Thoubal1

2nd

1

1

0

circlecases

Gomati1

Details expected *1

2nd

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

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