#ICMR- Revised Strategy of COVID19 testing in India
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ICMR releases revised COVID- 19 testing strategy in India. Advisory for testing are being reviewed and updated periodically (09/03/2020, 16/03/2020 and 20/03/2020).

Objectives:
-- To contain the spread of infection of COVID19.
-- To provide a reliable diagnosis to all individuals meeting the inclusion criteria of COVID19 testing.

Current testing strategy:

-- All asymptomatic individuals who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days: - They should stay in home quarantine for 14 days. - They should be tested only if they become symptomatic (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing) - All family members living with a confirmed case should be home quarantined

-- All symptomatic contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.

-- All symptomatic health care workers.

-- All hospitalized patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (fever AND cough and/or
shortness of breath).

-- Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once
between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact.

-- Now all pneumonia patients must also be notified to NCDC or IDSP so that they can be tested for Covid-19 for community transmission surveillance.

-- No suspected Covid-19 patient should be turned away from any hospital and the admission of any such patient should be notified to National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) or Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) immediately.

India expanded its testing protocol to cover more people as contact-tracing of fresh coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases revealed links to hundreds more, including senior politicians and bureaucrats still to show any symptom of the disease, even as experts said that an unexplained delay in extending the diagnostics to private labs meant the window to stop the virus from taking hold was fast slipping away.

A group of private labs that includes Dr Lal Path Labs, Dr Dang’s Lab, SRL Diagnostics, PathKind Labs, Metropolis Lab, and Syngene International submitted proposals to the Indian Council Of Medical Research (ICMR) to test people at for ₹5,000 on Thursday, but they are yet to get a response. “Private labs will get the approval for testing in the next three to four days,” said health minister Harsh Vardhan.

Community transmission, when a person with no travel history to a Covid-19-affected country or with known contact with a confirmed case gets infected, indicates that undiagnosed cases are infecting others, which is when infection clusters spiral out of control.

Note: Official notification by ICMR is attached.

Source: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
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