“On demand” testing for all, says center in new COVID-19 advisory

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New Delhi:

Now, anyone can test themselves on demand for COVID-19 and no emergency procedures (including deliveries) should be delayed, the Union Health Ministry said in an updated advice on COVID-19 testing.


The National Task Force on COVID-19 recommended several modifications to the strategy for COVID-19 testing in India. Experts have simplified the testing process and approved “on-demand” testing for the first time.

The advisory states: “On-demand testing of all individuals who wish to test themselves and travel to countries / Indian states mandating a negative COVID-19 test at the point of entry.

For this , State governments have to decide simplified modalities, ”adding. That tracking and contact tracing mechanism should be ensured by testing laboratories by informing public health officials.

In hospital settings, no emergency procedures (including deliveries) should be delayed for lack of testing. However, samples can be sent for testing if a patient is symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Pregnant women should not be sent for lack of testing facilities. As per the latest advice, all arrangements should be made to collect and transfer samples to test facilities.

“Mothers who test positive for COVID-19 should be advised to wear masks and handwash them continuously while holding their baby for 14 days.

They were also advised about breast cleaning before feeding the newborn Should be known. These measures are likely to reduce transmission of COVID. -19 to their children.

Cases of entry to all areas (ILI symptoms) entail regular monitoring in control areas and work, including health care workers and frontline workers, at points of entry.

“Testing for all asymmetric-direct and high-risk contacts (family and workplace, in the elderly = = 65 years of age, with immune-compromised, co-morbid people) with a laboratory-confirmed case once from 5.

To be tested between 5. and 10 days of arrival in the area of ​​contact. All heterogeneous high-risk individuals (elderly> = 65 years of age, with people with co-morbidity) must undergo testing in the equivalent areas. ” Said this

The advisor further noted that regular surveillance would have to be continued with testing for all symptomatic (ILI symptoms) individuals with a history of international travel in the past 14 days in non-containment areas.

“All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) a laboratory-confirmed case contact, frontline worker involved in symptomatic health care worker / prevention and mitigation activities, and all symptomatic ILI cases to be screened and tested between returns and migrants within 7 days of illness needed.”

Since the onset of the epidemic, a total of 40 million and 77 million trials have been conducted across the country so far. In the last 24 hours, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has conducted at least 10,59,346 tests.

Now 1647 testing laboratories are operational which cover all the States / Union Territories. It consists of 833 real-time RT PCR laboratories, TruNet based testing laboratories, 689 and 121 CBNAAT based testing laboratories.

There have been more than 4 million coronovirus and 69,561 deaths across the country so far.