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ICMR cancels orders for Chinese test kits, says govt won't lose a rupee

Meanwhile Covid-19 death toll nears 900, with Maharashtra alone accounting for 39%

Health workers collect swab samples from people for COVID -19 tests, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
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Health workers collect swab samples from people for COVID -19 tests, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Ruchika Chitravanshi New Delhi
The Covid-19 death toll in India neared the 900 mark with total cases reaching 28,380, and Maharashtra alone accounting for 39 per cent of fatalties. This happened on the same day that Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) cancelled orders awarded to Chinese manufacturer Wondfo and another company for supply of rapid antibody test kits. 

The orders, made over a week ago, were cancelled due to underperformance of the diagnostic equipment. 

Maharashtra alone accounts for nearly 39 per cent of the total deaths and Gujarat for 17 per cent. The two states have registered the highest death toll from Covid-19 so far. 

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First Published: Apr 27 2020 | 7:20 PM IST

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