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ICMR’s new advisory: Do not test Corona positive again, travel needs to be eliminated even if you travel to another state

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ICMR's new advisory: Do not test Corona positive again, travel needs to be eliminated even if you travel to another state


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  • Indian Council Of Medical Research ICMR । Issues Advisory For COVID19 Testing । Second Wave Of Pandemic

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Testing is also increasing with the Corona case increasing day by day in the country. People are now getting corona investigations in large numbers. Due to this, the pressure on the laboratory of the country is increasing. In view of such circumstances, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued a new advisory on corona testing on Tuesday.

It has been suggested to reduce the pressure on the lab by decreasing the RT-PCR test and increasing the rapid antigen test. The ICMR states that the second wave of infection is under tremendous pressure on testing labs. In such a situation, there is difficulty in completing the target of investigation. Lab workers are also constantly getting infected.

The ICMR said in the advisory that rapid antigen tests should be promoted. It was validated in 2020. It is now being used less. It is being used in the Containment Zone or in some Health Centers. This causes corona infection to be detected in just 20 minutes. The pressure on the labs will be reduced even if it is promoted.

ICMR suggestions to reduce pressure on labs

  • Once positive, no person should be tested with RT-PCR or rapid antigen again.
  • The test is not necessary while the patient recovering from corona is discharged.
  • If a healthy person is doing inter-state travel then there should be no need to undergo a test. This will reduce the pressure on the lab.
  • Those who have symptoms of corona should avoid traveling non-essential. This will make the infection less spread.
  • People who do not have corona symptoms should also follow the Kovid Guideline while traveling.
  • States should insist on increasing the RTPCR test through the mobile system.

Capacity of 1.5 million test daily in India
Overall positive rate of testing in India is more than 20%. Deaths are happening more than expected. To gain control over this, it is important to focus on isolation and home based treatment. There are currently 2506 molecular testing laboratories in India. Many types of tests can be done in these. Together, India has the capacity to conduct 1.5 million test projects.

ICMR said this on rapid test

  • Booths were arranged for rapid antigen testing at many places in cities and towns.
  • These booths should be tested seven days and 24 hours.
  • Rapid antigen test should also be arranged in school-college and community center.
  • Rapid tests should be included in private and government healthcare facilities.

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