PV Desk : Bangladesh has approved the antigen-based rapid testing procedure to detect COVID-19 at the public hospitals and health facilities.
Until now, only the RT-PCR tests have been conducted in all authorised laboratories since the first coronavirus cases were detected in the country in March.
The antigen-based rapid tests will speed up the testing process, according to experts, as cases of the coronavirus continued to rise in the country, crossing 350,000 on Monday.
The antigen tests were given the go-ahead in a letter issued by Bilkis Begum, the deputy secretary to the health ministry, on Sept 17.
The letter from the Department of Health said that all government medical college hospitals, district hospitals and government PCR laboratories in the country will soon be allowed to conduct antigen tests.