Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released a new set of guidelines for testing against the coronavirus which has been ravaging the country and under the fresh set of guidelines, the apex body is suggesting to remove the mandatory RT-PCR test for healthy individual traveling inside the country.
“The need of RT-PCR test [for] healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed,” said ICMR however asymptomatic people should follow covid-19 essential appropriate behaviors.
The RT-PCR test is considered to be reliable than the rapid antigen tests and until now, people who wanted to travel domestically were asked to show negative RT-PCR tests to cross the borders.
ICMR also suggested that once a traveler has quarantined for 10 days and do not report any fever symptoms over the last 3 days can be skipped. “RT PCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RT PCR,”
These changed guidelines come after the fact that hospitals are inundated with covid-19 patients which have pushed healthcare into a crumble and the recent explosion of cases has lead to a shortage of beds, cylinders, and ventilators. There has been waiting of 7 days if a person is trying to get an RT-PCR test done at home.
In the new set of guidelines from ICMR, they also talked about taking the load of RT-PCR tests done in a day so the burden is not felt by the laboratories. While the medical body is counting on one or more ways for Rapid Antigen Test where the test results should be better than the previous kits thus helping labs and testing centers.
India’s coronavirus cases have surged past 20 million with over 350,000 infections reported in a single day and there have been 3,780+ deaths which are deeply concerning.
But the number of infections from the past week has shown a significant decrease which is one of the rays of hope that the worst of the devastating wave may have passed. It is to be noted that the experts are warning for a deadlier third wave which India should be prepared for.