June 12, 2020, 05.15 PM

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called for widespread contact tracing and testing of as many as 20,000 daily.

The government has been widely criticized for insufficiently responding to the pandemic which includes having a weak testing rate.

Indonesia has reported over 35,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases while breaking a handful of daily infections records as testing measures ramp up this week.

Based on its population, Indonesia should ideally carry out 30,000 Coronavirus testing on a daily basis.

Benefits of serology testing

The serology test functions similarly to another form of Coronavirus test, the rapid test, which detects the presence of antibodies to determine whether an individual is infected by the novel virus.

Since the serology test uses robotic instruments in its operation and detection, it offers a better sensitivity rate up to 100%.

As such, there is a slim chance for a Covid-19 positive individual to go undetected.

Also Read: Indonesia Coronavirus Cases Break Three Records in One Week

“This test can truly detect antibodies that derive from SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19,” Caroline explained.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the antibody test is needed to specifically detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 without cross-reactivity thus reducing the chances of a fake positive.

Country Manager of Roche Diagnostics Indonesia Ahmed Hassan reaffirmed Roche’s commitment to providing a swift testing solution that is accurate and dependable for the medical community and patients amidst today’s global health emergency. (Writer: Kiki Safitri | Editor: Erlangga Djumena)

Source: https://money.kompas.com/read/2020/06/11/130600926/silo-sediakan-tes-covid-19-serologi-antibodi-harganya-tak-sampai-rp-200.000

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