Covid samples to be preserved for research: ICMR
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The ICMR advised government laboratories to retain all samples testing positive for coronavirus infection for a minimum of 30 days before destroying them.

In its ''Guidelines for storage of respiratory specimens collected for COVID-19 diagnosis by RT-PCR platforms in government laboratories'', ICMR said appropriate procedures to disinfect all samples prior to disposal must be followed and the labs should keep a record of the destruction.

According to the guidelines, all samples being stored for a long-term must be appropriately labeled indicating laboratory identifiers, date of collection, and must be kept in properly functioning -80 degree Celcius deep freezers.

A proper inventory (preferably electronic) of stored samples should be essentially maintained.

According to the guidelines, all labs will send five random positive and as many negative samples per month to quality control labs. ICMR has mapped COVID-19 testing labs to different quality control labs.

There is a need to retain clinical specimens or a subset of the clinical specimens for various purposes such as performing additional tests, for quality control purposes or for use as control materials to assess newer diagnostic tests.

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