ICMR Just Issued RT-PCR testing guidelines amid the second wave of Covid-19
The ICMR has directed that ‘RT-PCR tests‘ shall not be replicated in any person who has either once tested RAT or RT-PCR’
As laboratories face challenges to reach the planned testing goal due to the increase in caseload, the Indian Council of Medical Research has released fresh guidelines for Covid-19 testing.
The ICMR stated that “RT- PCR should not be repeated in any person who once tested RAT or RT-PCR positively.”
It added that Covid-19 retrieved patients would not be tested when the hospital is discharged.
The ICMR also plans to withdraw mandatory negative RT-PCR test results for healthcare professionals performing domestic transportation. In an official notice, ICMR wrote: “The need for RT-PCR tests in safe people engaged in domestic interstate travel can be completely eliminated to minimise laboratory loads.”
However, it added that symptomatic individuals should avoid non-essential travel or interstate travel. While all asymptomatic people who undertake critical travel must take the required course of action under Covid-19, the guidelines have been added.
In the past month, the average national test positivity rate has been over 20 per cent. As of May 4, India has 2,506 molecular test labs, including RT-PCR, TrueNat, CBNAAT, and more.
According to ICMR, up to 29,33,10,779 COVID-19 samples were screened until 3 May. Of these 16,63,742 samples, Monday reviewed.
India recorded a minor decrease in one-day Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, recording 3,57,229 new infections over the last 24 hours. The daily increase reached its height of more than 4 lakh cases on 1 May, but yesterday reached 3,68,147 cases. With this, India’s total caseload in Covid-19 has risen to 2,02,82,833.
A manual on the counselling of Covid 19 patients, their families, healthcare and front-line employees was published separately by the ICMR.
The ICMR wrote: “The purpose of this guide is to help the consultants understand and resolve the mental health demands of people who are awaiting Covid 19 test results, confirm Covid-19 persons, health workers employed in Covid hospitals and their families.”