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Weekly Current Affairs: April week-2 - ICMR creates new strategy for Covid-19 testing in India

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  • Published
    15th Apr, 2020

ICMR creates new strategy for Covid-19 testing in India

  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has devised a new strategy for Covid-19 testing in India and in hotspots or cluster and in large migration gatherings or evacuees centres.
  • The new strategy for Covid-19 testing in India include all symptomatic individuals who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days and all symptomatic contacts of laboratory confirmed cases.
  • It also include all symptomatic health care workers and all patients with severe acute respiratory illness like fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once between day five and day 14 of coming in his or her contact.
  • In hotspots or cluster defined by Health and Family Welfare Ministry and in large migration gatherings or evacuees centres, all symptomatic having fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose will real-time polymerase chain reaction, rRT-PCR within seven days of illness.
  • After seven days of illness antibody test will be done if rRT-PCR confirms it negative.
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