Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone Ltd in Visakhapatnam has rolled out the first tranche of rapid testing kits for detection of Corona virus.The kits can detect the virus in just over 50 minutes.

The testing kits were examined by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and other ministers on Wednesday in Vijayawada.

The zone rolled out 1,000 rapid testing kits and each kit can be used for testing 20 samples. It is expected to produce over 10,000 rapid COVID-19 testing kits in the next one week.

The MedTech Zone which was started in 2017 is in its second phase of development in over 200 acres. The cost of the project is put at Rs 300 crore and is being handled by the APIIC (Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Project). It is expected to produce over 10,000 rapid COVID-19 testing kits in the next one week.

The task of manufacturing ventilators, which are crucial for treating critical cases of Coronavirus, has been assigned to Vizag MedTech Zone. As many as 3,000 ventilators and 25,000 COVID testing kits will be made available within the next 10 days. Steps are being taken for manufacturing another 6,000 ventilators to meet the demand in future, the officials said.

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