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As India continues to witness an exponential surge in daily COVID-19 cases, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released a new set of testing guidelines for novel coronavirus. According to the ICMR, not everyone is required to get the RT-PCR test done, there are some cases where individuals can skip the testing. The officials of the ICMR also stated that implementation of the new COVID testing rules will help reduce down the load from the laboratories.
"At present, the laboratories are facing challenges to meet the expected testing target due to extraordinary caseload and staff getting infected with COVID-19. In view of this situation, it is imperative to optimize the RT-PCR testing and simultaneously increase the access and availability of testing to all citizens of the country," the apex health research body said.
According to the sources, In India, at present testing is being conducted in around 2,506 labs across the country and the decision is aimed at preventing them from being burdened as cases increase.
Now, that you know who all can avoid getting the RT-PCR test done, the second question is when should one get the RT PCR test done? Let's understand that.
According to the ICMR, any individual who has tested negative for COVID-19 in the Rapid Antigen Test (RAP) but is still experiencing some of the symptoms of the virus infection, should get the RT-PCR test done.
Answering the question on how to pause the virus transmission, the ICMR said that all the non-essential travel and interstate travel of symptomatic individuals (COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms) should be essentially avoided to reduce the risk of infection and that all asymptomatic individuals undertaking essential travel must follow COVID appropriate behaviour.
India is currently experiencing a second wave of coronavirus. The country hit a record daily high with 4,12,262 new infections and 3,980 fatalities on Thursday, , taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,10,77,410 and the death toll to 2,30,168.
Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 35,66,398 comprising 16.92 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 81.99 per cent.
The 3,980 new fatalities include 920 from Maharashtra, 353 from Uttar Pradesh, 346 from Karnataka, 311 from Delhi, 253 from Chhattisgarh, 181 from Haryana, 180 from Punjab, 167 from Tamil Nadu, 155 from Rajasthan, 141 from Jharkhand, 133 from Gujarat, 127 from Uttarakhand and 103 from West Bengal.
A total of 2,30,168 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 72,662 from Maharashtra, 18,063 from Delhi, 16,884 from Karnataka, 14,779 from Tamil Nadu, 14,151 from Uttar Pradesh, 11,847 from West Bengal, 9,825 from Punjab and 9,738 from Chhattisgarh.
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