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Andhra Pradesh launches indigenous COVID-19 testing kits
Posted on 9th April 2020
Leading the way in manufacturing indigenous medical equipment, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday launched COVID-19 testing kits manufactured by Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ).

Minister for Industries, Mekapati Goutham Reddy, said that AMTZ is now manufacturing 2000 testing kits per day. Once it gets the laser welding equipment, the production will be scaled up to 25,000 units per day.

"Starting from April 15, for the first time in India, AMTZ will produce ventilators also. It will start with 3000 ventilators a month which will soon be scaled up to 5000 units per month. AMTZ will not only be able to cater to the demand in the state but also supply to other states and Centre to meet the national demand," the minister said.

About 20 tests can be performed with each kit and it costs Rs 1200 for the government. By May, 7.5 lakh kits will be manufactured and delivered to other states as well. Moreover, the central government has already placed orders for 3,500 ventilators.

The state government is planning to scale up the supply of kits so that 4,000 tests should be conducted a day in the state. DNA, RNA, PCR tests can also be performed using these kits and the result can be seen in 55 minutes.

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