COVID-19 Testing

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was alerted of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, China, caused by an unknown virus. The virus was sequenced and identified as a novel strain of Coronavirus one week later on 7 January 2020. It belongs to the same family of viruses which include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

2019-nCoV is a positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus which is thought to be of zoonotic origin. Symptoms of those infected include fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and respiratory distress.


Celtic Diagnostics products for COVID-19 detection

Celtic Diagnostics supplies viral RNA nucleic acid isolation kits (manual and KingFisher, STARlet compatible), internal/extraction controls, as well as various real time PCR based diagnostic assays to enable the detection and quantification of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of the Corona virus 2019 outbreak.  Celtic is able to supply and deliver robust and accurate Corona testing kits in South Africa and Africa.

SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Tests

See below our rapid Coronavirus lateral flow assays that enable detection of IgG and IgM antibodies against the novel Coronavirus in 8-10 minutes.

SpaceGen Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Antibody (IgG/IgM) Test


Manufacturer:  SpaceGen

Type: Lateral flow assay

Pack size: 20 units/50 units

DiaSource COVID-19 IgG-IgM Rapid Test

Manufacturer:  DiaSource

Type: Lateral flow assay

Pack size: 25 units



COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Kits

RealStar® SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Kit

Manufacturer:  Altona Diagnostics

Type:  Real Time PCR based Diagnostic assay

Pack size: 96 reactions

Lead time: 1 week

2019-nCoV WHO qPCR kit

Manufacturer:  YouSeq

Type:  Real Time PCR based Diagnostic assay

Pack size: 100 reactions

Lead time: 1 week

Genesig Novel Coronavirus Strain 2019-nCoV

Manufacturer:  PrimerDesign, genesig

Type:  Real Time PCR based Diagnostic assay

Pack size: 150 reactions

Lead time: 1 week

*CE-IVD version available

Viral RNA Isolation

RTP® DNA/RNA Virus Mini Kit


Manufacturer:  Invitek Molecular

Type: Spin Column based NA Isolation (also available for KingFisher mL, 96)

Pack size: 250 purifications

*CE-IVD Marked

RTP® DNA/RNA Virus Mini Kit

Manufacturer:  Invitek Molecular

Type: Spin Column based NA Isolation (also available for KingFisher mL, 96)

Pack size: 50 or 250 purifications

*CE-IVD Marked

RTP® DNA/RNA Virus Mini Kit

Manufacturer:  Invitek Molecular

Type: Spin Column based NA Isolation (also available for KingFisher Duo, STARlet)

Pack size: 50 or 250 purifications

*CE-IVD Marked


Reagents for in-house SARS-CoV-2 qPCR assay development

Armored RNA Quanti SARS-CoV-2 Control

Manufacturer: Asuragen

Type: For RT-qPCR

Pack size: 0.25 ml

RT-qPCR Extraction Contol

Manufacturer: Bioline

Type: For RT-qPCR

Pack size: 500 reactions

SensiFAST Probe One-step Kit

Manufacturer: Bioline

Type: One-step qPCR master mix

Pack size: 500 reactions