The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has expanded the testing standard of coronavirus and has advised that it should be widely available to all symptomatic individuals all over the country.
In an advisory on ‘Newer Additional Strategies for COVID-19 Testing’ on Tuesday, the IMD said, “Since ‘test, track and treat” is the only way to prevent spread of infection and save lives, it is imperative that testing should be made widely available to all symptomatic individuals in every part of the country and contact tracing mechanisms for containment of infection are further strengthened.”
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revised its testing strategy for COVID-19 and advised testing for all symptomatic Influenza-like illness (ILI) among returnees and migrants within seven days of illness.
All the patients with ILI symptoms, symptomatic individuals living within hotspots or containment zones must have testing. Healthcare and frontline workers involved in fighting the situation will also have to do COVID-19 testing.
Antibody-based COVID-19 testing for surveillance was also advised by ICMR in all government and private hospitals, offices and private sectors. Earlier, the advisories on rapid antibody testing were focused on areas reporting containment zones, large migration, gatherings etc.
“ICMR advises all state governments, public and private institutions concerned to take required steps to scale up testing for COVID-19 by deploying combination of various tests as advised,” the advisory added.