London: Researchers in Germany are preparing to test the reliability of rapid antigen tests in detecting the most infectious micron variants.
Media reports said that researchers will find out how reliable and accurate the rapid antigen test is in detecting it.
“We don’t really know how well these tests work for Omicron,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on the public broadcast channel ARD on Sunday. The results of the research will be available in the next few weeks.
Mr. Lauterbach, a scientist and physician, said though it was clear that the choice not to test would be too dangerous.
The Guardian reported that according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), an infectious disease research institute, Omicron now accounts for 44 percent of coronavirus infections in Germany.
On Sunday, RKI reported 36,552 new cases in a 24-hour period which was three times the number a week ago.
Late last month, the US regulatory body the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued a statement saying rapid antigen tests are less sensitive to Omicron than previous variants.
The FDA said at the time, “Preliminary data suggests antigen tests can detect Omicron, but sensitivity may be low.”
Omicron was first detected in South Africa and Botswana in late November, and the variant has since spread rapidly to more than 100 countries.
first published:Jan. 10, 2022, 8:12 p.m.