Actor Chiranjeevi tested negative for Covid-19 on Thursday and said that a faulty Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) kit had led him to believe that he had tested positive for the virus a few days back.
A group of doctors performed three separate tests on the actor before confirming he tested negative.
Making the announcement on Twitter, the actor wrote, “A group of doctors did three different tests and concluded that I am Covid negative & that the earlier result was due to a faulty RT PCR kit. My heartfelt thanks for the concern, love shown by all of you during this time. Humbled!”
A group of doctors did three different tests and concluded that I am Covid negative & that the earlier result was due to a faulty RT PCR kit. My heartfelt thanks for the concern, love shown by all of you during this time. Humbled ! 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/v8dwFvzznw
— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) November 12, 2020
The actor announced on Monday that he had tested positive for Covid-19, though he was asymptomatic, and had been self-isolating.
The RT PCR kit is used to test patients for Covid-19. The testing process involves taking a sample from the back of the throat and the inside of the nose with the help of a cotton swab (also known as swab test). The PCR instrument automatically draws a real-time amplification curve and the virus’s genetic material is detected and the result is calculated.
The production of Chiranjeevi’s upcoming Telegu film Acharya had just started filming when the actor underwent the test. Written and directed by Koratala Siva, the film stars Chiranjeevi and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, along with Ram Charan in a supporting role.