Centre flags violation of COVID-19 testing norms
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The Union Health Ministry on 10 September noted with concern the fact that “some large States were not following up symptomatic negative cases tested by Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) by RT-PCT testing”.

Ministry said that as per its and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines, two specific categories of persons must necessarily be retested through RT-PCR tests.

1. All symptomatic [fever or cough or breathlessness] negative cases of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT)
2. Asymptomatic negative cases of RAT that develop symptoms within 2 to 3 days of being tested negative,

The Ministry and the ICMR have jointly written to all the States/UTs and urged them to ensure that the all symptomatic negative cases of RAT are mandatorily retested using the RT-PCR test.

“This is necessary to ensure that such symptomatic negative cases do not remain untested and do not spread the disease among their contacts."

It urged the States/UTs to urgently establish a monitoring mechanism in every district (a designated officer or a team) and at the State level to follow up such cases.

Monitoring teams at the district-level shall analyse details of RAT conducted on a daily basis and ensure that there were no delays in retesting of all symptomatic negative cases, it stated.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/coronavirus-centre-flags-violation-of-covid-19-testing-norms/article32570116.ece
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