ICMR to check for community spread
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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has decided to conduct a study in the worst-affected districts to test if some or all of them have entered the community transmission phase.

• The sample size per district will be 400 tests, and 75 districts have been shortlisted, the study will be conducted to gauge the extent of undetected community spread, government officials told ET.

• ICMR will use the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test for the survey. The ICMR had earlier decided to conduct the study using rapid antibody test kits.

• “The criterion is to test those who are showing symptoms with no contact with Covid-positive patients,” added the government official.

#No Community Transmission in Earlier ICMR Test

The ICMR and the health ministry have so far said that India has yet not seen community transmission. Earlier this week, union health minister Harsh Vardhan had reiterated this position. According to the ICMR, a total of 826 samples from_people suffering SARI/influenzalike illnesses were tested and none of the samples was found positive, which proved there was no community transmission at that time.

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/icmr-to-check-for-community-spread/articleshow/75614946.cms
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