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Antibody-based test kits cannot be used to diagnose Covid-19, says Health DG

The Antibody Rapid Test Kit (RTK) for Covid-19 or serological tests that use blood samples from a finger prick cannot be used to diagnose the disease, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that in a press conference on Monday (May 11), adding that this is because the presence of antibodies are unable to validate active infections while negative results are no guarantee that the individual tested is not infected with the disease.

Dr Noor Hisham, however, said that the test can be used to conduct studies of the prevalence of the Covid-19 infection in the community or among target groups, such as the working group.

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