ICMR releases revised strategy for COVID-19 testing in India
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday released revised strategy for COVID-19 testing as the number of infected people across the country crossed 96,000-mark.
The revised strategy proposes all symptomatic individuals with a history of international travel in the last 14 days to be tested. It also added that all symptomatic contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases, healthcare workers/ frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of COVID-19.
It further added that all symptomatic patients with influenza-like illness needs to be tested.
The asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case to be tested once between day 5 and day 10 of coming into contact.
Besides this, all symptomatic ILI within hotspots/ containment zones and all hospitalised patients who develop ILI symptoms are also needed to be checked.
Moreover, all symptomatic ILI among returnees and migrants with 7 days of illness should be tested.
The ICMR said that no emergency procedure should be delayed for lack of test. However, samples can be sent for testing if indicated as above, simultaneously.
All the above testing is recommended by the real-time RT-PCR test only.
Earlier on Friday, the ICMR had said that the number of RT-PCR Tests for detecting COVID-19 has crossed 2 million mark in the country.
A total of 20,39,952 samples were tested in the country as on Friday, said Dr. Rajnikant Srivastava, the head of the Department of Research Management, Policy Planning and Communication, ICMR.
The testing has been scaled up in the last two months and capacity has increased to nearly 1 lakh test on a daily basis.
According to ICMR, the RT-PCR Test is now available at 360 government and 147 private testing facilities across the country.
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