Antigen Test (RTK-Ag)
Alternative nasal and throat swab test
To be used as a point-of-care testing (POCT) screening test, the Ministry of Health notes that although the Antigen Test (RTK-Ag) does not replace the Reverse Real-Time Polymerase Chain (rT-PCR) test’s diagnostic function for Covid-19, it has the advantage of detecting Covid-19 outbreaks quickly and in large numbers. The RTK-Ag test tracks the presence of proteins that live in the virus’ DNA and determines if the components match the proteins produced by the Covid-19 virus. The test procedure includes a nasal swab test with a full Ministry of Health panel lab report generated within 24 hours.