ICMR revises strategy for Covid-19 testing in country
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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on 18 May, updated its strategy for testing coronavirus disease Covid-19 as the number of infected people crossed 90,000-mark.

The revised strategy proposes:

1. All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) individuals with a history of international travel in the last 14 days.

2. All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.

3. All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) health care workers/frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of COVID19.

4. All patients of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).

5. Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case to be tested once between day 5 and day 10 of coming into contact.

6. All symptomatic ILI within hotspots/containment zones.

7. All hospitalized patients who develop ILI symptoms.

8. All symptomatic ILI among returnees and migrants within 7 days of illness.

9. No emergency procedure (including deliveries) should be delayed for lack of test. However, the sample can be sent for testing if indicated as above (1-8), simultaneously.

(ILI case is defined as - 'one with acute respiratory infection with a fever greater than equal to 38 degrees AND cough')

Note: The original document is attached as pdf.

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