Highlights of the advisory issued by ICMR for COVID-19

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued an advisory for COVID-19 testing amid the second wave of the pandemic.

Here are the highlights of the advisory:

  • RT-PCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RT-PCR.
  • The need for RTPCR test in healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the load on laboratories.
  • All asymptomatic individuals understanding essential travel must follow COVID appropriate behavior.
  • Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) may be available at all Government and Private healthcare facilities.
  • Symptomatic individuals identified negative by RAT should be linked with RTPCR test and in the meantime should follow home isolation.

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