Want to take a domestic trip? No more RT-PCR tests for a healthy person: ICMR

Amidst the rising wrath of the second wave of the pandemic, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released new advisory for covid-19 testing to reduce the burden of the states testing centres on Wednesday. In the guidelines, many individuals fall under the excluded category including domestic ‘healthy’ travelers. 

“Due to the rising 2nd number of cases, many laboratories in India are facing the shortage of resources and staff. There is an alarming need to mitigate their strain and optimize the RT-PCR testing. It will be availed for all the citizens without much delay in the process,” said the health research body. 

As the Centre has asked the states and union territories to increase the proportion of testing by at least 70 percent of all the covid-19 tests being conducted, ICMR advised them to ensure they use their full capability in public as well as private laboratories. 

Accordingly, there will be no RT-PCR tests for individuals who:

  1. Tested positive by rapid antigen test (RAT)
  2. Tested positive once by RT-PCR.
  3. Completed home quarantine period (10 days) with no fever for the last three days.
  4. Just discharged from the hospital.
  5. Are healthy while undertaking inter-state domestic travels. 

India currently can conduct around 15 lakh tests and has 2,506 molecular testing laboratories with various testing methods. While it takes around 72 hours to get a hand on a test report, these new rules will  make the testing speedier. 

Meanwhile, India recorded 3,82,315 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours crossing the 2-crore mark. 

 

by Tapasya Iyer | Wed, May 05 - 01:33 PM

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