India’s main medical research council has suspended the use of rapid testing kits imported from China after complaints of inaccurate results from various states. “We are learning that the positive samples of RT-PCR are showing too much variation [when tested by rapid kits] in the range of 6 to 71%,” said Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar, a top scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, during his daily briefing on Tuesday. “I had earlier suggested to GOI [government of India] that a centralized mechanism with proper guidelines of the quality check may be developed for the procurements of Medical equipment. Had this suggestion been accepted, failure of Rapid Test kits could have been avoided,” Ashok Gehlot, chief minister of the western state of Rajasthan, said on Twitter. India’s presidential palace has been put under a high alert after a relative of a sanitation worker tested positive for COVID-19. The sanitation worker’s house, within the Presidential estate, has been disinfected and sealed, while all other families living in the staff quarters have been quarantined. Meanwhile, A northern Indian state announced that it will keep members of Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim religious group, who tested positive for COVID-19, in temporary jails. The Hindu-dominated Uttar Pradesh state has observed strict actions against Jamaat attendees, with 66 foreigners sent to jail for allegedly defying visa norms. As reports of anti-Muslim campaigns in the country surfaced, a rights body of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation called on New Delhi to stop Islamophobia. Maulana Muhammad Saad Kandhlawi, the head of the Tablighi Jamaat India, is facing serious criminal charges for organizing the event, and is currently missing.
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