RTPCR test must not be repeated in someone who tested Covid +ve earlier: ICMR

New Delhi: Amid second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today stated RTPCR test must not be repeated in any individual who tested positive either by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or RTPCR.

While issuing guidelines on RTPCR testing, the ICMR said no testing is required for Covid-19 recovered individuals at the time of hospital discharge in accordance with the discharge policy of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

The medical research organization further stated the need for RTPCR test in healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the load on laboratories.

Non-essential travel and interstate travel of symptomatic individuals should be essentially avoided to reduce the risk of infection.

Also, the ICMR said States should augment RTPCR tesing through mobile systems.

While advising the government to ramp up testing through Rapid Antigen Test, the ICMR said the RAT may be allowed at all available government and private healthcare facilities.

It also advised to set up dedicated RAT booths in cities, towns and villages.

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