COLOMBO (News1st): The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) has announced that it is ready to produce at least 3000 swabs used for COVID – 19 tests daily, amidst mounting calls to increase testing.
“We are pleased to announce that SLINTEC was able to reverse engineer COVID – 19 testing swabs,” the institute said on its Facebook page.
The swabs have been produced in collaboration with the Medical Research Institute.
The need for test kits has risen globally with the World Health Organisation calling on countries to implement the ”test, test, test” strategy in combatting the novel coronavirus.
The PCR test which is administered widely in determining whether a patient has contracted the virus involves a nasal swab which is then sent as a sample for testing.