India’s First mobile COVID-testing laboratory installed 

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  • June 17, 2020
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India’s First mobile COVID-testing laboratory installed 

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – Health 

In News:

  • India has set up its first mobile testing laboratory in a bid to meet the growing demand to conduct coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests.

Key takeaways 

  • The mobile laboratory, with on-site Elisa, RtPCR & Bio-chem analysers, was created within eight days by a team from Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone Limited.
  • The laboratory can be deployed at remote and inaccessible areas in the country, where there is no such facility.
  • The laboratory belongs to the biosafety level 2 (BSL-II) category.

Important value additions 

Biosafety Levels

  • BSLs are ranked from one to four
  • They are categorised on the basis of the organisms that the researchers are dealing with.
  • The organisms include viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc.
  • SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, belongs to the BSL-II category.
  • BSL-I is considered to be the least hazardous, while BSL-IV poses the maximum safety risk. 
  • Each level builds on the previous category, adding more layers of constraints and barriers.

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