COVID-19 took the world by storm in early 2020 which rapidly escalated to a pandemic of unprecedented proportions . Containment of the outbreak requires a robust public health system of surveillance, contact tracing and laboratory preparedness . Technological advancement in molecular diagnosticshas helped identify patients in the initial stages of the outbreak . RT-PCR remains the gold standard in COVID-19 testing . However, as the pandemic continues, there is need for rapid and point of care tests (POCT) for mass screening and rapid decision making . Current serological tests and POCT have high sensitivity but need to be interpreted with caution . This review aims to discuss current laboratory tests available for the diagnosis of COVID-19.