Russia announces start of home-testing for Covid-19

17 April 2020 (Last Updated April 17th, 2020 10:31)

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has announced the start of home-testing for Covid-19 by a company called Yandex, a partner in Russia’s ‘Alliance against coronavirus’.

Moscow residents aged 65 and over will now be able to be tested using a laboratory accredited test. As the number of tests in labs grows, home-testing will be expanded to other age groups and regions in Russia.

The ‘Alliance against coronavirus’ was created in March by the RDIF, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Yandex, Mail.ru Group and Rossiya Segodnya international news agency.

RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said: “The launch of home testing as part of our partnership in the Alliance will help to successfully identify infected individuals and prevent the spread of the virus thanks to this in-house format. We are continuing to contribute to the fight against coronavirus and are developing new convenient mobile testing formats that will minimize risks for both citizens and medical staff.”