400,000 rapid antigen test kits to be distributed in Myanmar regions and states

2020-10-04 23:22:19

400,000 rapid antigen test kits to be distributed in Myanmar regions and states

400,000 rapid antigen test kits to be distributed in Myanmar regions and states


The government has received 400,000 antigen rapid test kits, which can provide COVID-19 results within 15-30 minutes, to be utilised in the regions and states, said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.


"We bought the test kits from South Korea and are now able to test more than 400,000. The South Korean government also donated some to us. We started using them in Yangon Region on September 29 and we will arrange to use them in other regions and states,” said the State Counsellor, who also chairs the National-Level Central Committee for COVID-19 Prevention, Control and Treatment.


“Although it will appear as though the number of positive cases are increasing as we are now able to get the test results more quickly, the people should understand that we can also offer more effective treatment this way," she said on October 2.


"There will be more confirmed cases in the beginning when we use these rapid test kits. But the numbers should drop later. So, the people do not need to worry too much," she added.


By using the rapid test kits, health officials are now conducting about 6000-7000 COVID-19 tests daily. As a result, the authorities have reported a much higher number of positive cases recently; up to more than 1000 a day. Positive test rates among patients under investigation have been north of 20 percent since September 29.


As of October 2, Myanmar had reported a total of 15,525 COVID-19 cases with 353 deaths and 4378 recoveries.


While the authorities are rising efforts to reduce the number of cases, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said "Myanmar would overcome the disease only when the vaccine is developed for all our people," said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.


Currently, there is still much uncertainty surrounding the distribution of a viable vaccine. “The experts still cannot say whether the vaccine can prevent the disease after taking it once or if it will need to be taken annually,” she said.


The Myanmar government has already made the needed arrangements to obtain the vaccine when it is available.

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