COVID-19 Testing

At Elmi Laboratories, we use TaqPath™ COVID-19 CE-IVD RT-PCR Kit, which is highly specific diagnostic solution.

Our designed assays targets orf-1ab, Gene for the N protein and Gene for the S protein

Specificity; Primer and probe sequences of orf-1ab and N gene and S gene assays have 100% homology to all SARS-CoV-2 isolates analysed. The systems and reagents are all delivered one of the leading scientific companies in the world; ThermoFisher Scientific.

Specimens requirement for COVID-19 PCR Assay (SARS-CoV-2).

  • Nasal/Throat swabs collected using one of the following types.
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • BD dry swabs
  • Remel M4RT
  • Copan 321C UTM
  • Copan 147CSamples should be taken between days 1-5 from onset of symptoms.
  • Samples should be sent to us on the day taken at ambient temperature in Category B packaging and must be labelled as HIGH RISK specimen (note; samples are stable at ambient temperature for 3 days). We process all samples on the day received