KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 6): Some 15,000 RTK-Antigen (RTK-Ag) rapid tests kits have been sent to Sabah to boost the Covid-19 testing capacity in the state, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said today.

“This effort was a collaboration between MoH and the Armed Forces involving a mercy flight,” said ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Sabah recorded 219 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today, making it the state with the second highest number of infections. Kedah topped the list with 397 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said MoH has a total stock of 203,704 RTK-Ag kits, and conducts 3,000 tests a day using the kits.

As for real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, the director-general said the current daily lab testing capacity is 41,354 tests a day.

In Sabah, the total daily lab testing capacity is 2,500 tests a day.

Malaysia posted a new record high of 691 Covid-19 cases today, surging past the previous peak of 432 cases recorded yesterday, with four new deaths.

Source: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-15000-rtkantigen-rapid-tests-kits-sent-sabah