The World Health Organization has urged manufacturers to make Covid-19 testing kits more readily available and affordable.

Executive director of the WHO health emergencies programme, Dr. Mike Ryan says high costs remain a barrier to testing.

He says low levels of testing lead to a further spread of the virus in, for example, office buildings where a lot of people congregate.

Ryan says reduced testing may also lead to the incorrect assumption that infections are on the decrease.

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The World Health Organization has cautioned against the abolishing of Covid-19 isolation protocols.

The WHO’s Dr. Maria van Kerkhove says allowing people who test positive to continue engaging with others will lead to the further spread of the virus.

She says proper testing also ensures that those, who may end up in hospital with severe forms of the virus, get early treatment and care.

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