New Delhi: A method to detect COVID-19 which will significantly reduce the cost of testing, making it affordable for a large population in the country, developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has got the approval from ICMR, officials said on Thursday. Also Read - 'Need to Go For Sex': Kerala Police Stumped By Bizarre E-Pass Request, Know What Happened Next!

IIT Delhi is the first academic institute to have obtained ICMR approval for a real-time PCR-based diagnostic assay. Also Read - Male Nurse Rapes COVID Patient in Bhopal Hospital, Victim Dies Within 24 Hrs; Incident Surfaces After a Month

“The test method has been approved by ICMR. The assay has been validated at ICMR with a sensitivity and specificity of 100 percent. This makes IITD the first academic institute to have obtained ICMR approval for a real-time PCR-based diagnostic assay,” a senior official told . Also Read - Lockdown in Delhi: How Dangerous is Lifting Restrictions? ICMR Chief Explains

Using comparative sequence analyses, the IITD team identified unique regions (short stretches of RNA sequences) in the COVID-19 and SARS COV-2 genome.