Jomotshangkha man tests negative for the 3rd time on PCR

What could come as a relief to thousands of worried and confused Bhutanese, the 55-year-old Jomotshangkha shopkeeper tested negative for the novel coronavirus, for the third time in a week.

Swab sample of the shopkeeper was sent to the Phuentsholing hospital yesterday after testing negative twice on the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine in Mongar. The sample tested negative when tested on RT-PCR machine in Phuentsholing. The result was declared late last night.

He had tested positive for antibody IgM on the rapid diagnostic test on April 30, a test kit designed for testing the antibody-antigen reaction for Covid-19.

Clarifying the confusion surrounding the testing procedures, officials from the health ministry said that while the suspect had tested positive on rapid test, the test did not establish he tested positive for Covid-19.

To confirm if a person is Covid-19 positive or not, the highly specific confirmatory test, RT-PCR is conducted.