“Suleiman’s repeat RT-PCR test was conducted at Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar yesterday and the result came out negative for Covid. Also, his antibody test at RMRC showed presence of very high antibody,” said an official statement.
“The RMRC is now re-testing the original sample which came positive for Covid at IGH,” it added.
According to sources, the senior doctor had received first dose of Covishield on January 16 and second on February 15.
As the doctor fell ill few days ago, he took rapid antigen test on March 3 in which he tested positive for Covid-19.
The doctor was immediately home isolated.
RT-PCR test of the doctor was also conducted at RGH in Rourkela which came positive on March 4, sources added.
Sources said that the officials were checking if there was any lapse in testing at the RGH.
It is not an isolate case of erroneous results from coronavirus tests in the State.
Earlier, 25 students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) at Burla were reported positive for COVID-19 even though they were negative.
Briefing the media here on March 2, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department , Pradipta Mohapatra said that the positive reports of 25 VSSUT students came due to faulty testing kits during the rapid antigen test while the RT-PCR test of them was found to be negative.