India revises Covid-19 testing strategy

India revises Covid-19 testing strategy

New Delhi: With a view to rein in the spread of coronavirus more effectively, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revised the strategy for Covid-19 testing.

All symptomatic persons among returnees and migrants will be tested within seven days of illness. Also, no emergency procedure including deliveries should be delayed for the lack of test, the new guidelines stated.

According to the ICMR strategy, all symptomatic individuals with history of international travel in the last 14 days and the symptomatic contacts of laboratory confirmed cases will be tested.

Besides, asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case will be tested once between Day 5 and Day 10 of coming into contact. All symptomatic persons with acute respiratory infection, fever above 38 degree Celsius and cough within hotspots and containment zones will be tested. All hospitalized patients who develop the symptoms will be tested.

Covid-19 testing is mandatory for all symptomatic healthcare workers and front-line workers involved in containment and mitigation of Covid-19. All patients of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection will also be tested.

The measure comes at a time when the number of Covid-19 cases reported in the country neared the one-lakh mark (96,169) while the death toll jumped to 3029. There was a record jump of 5242 cases in the 24 hours since 8 am Sunday.

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