The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its revised strategy for coronavirus tests in India also added that all hospitalized patients who develop symptoms of influenza-like disease (ILI) and frontline workers involved in the containment and remedy of Covid-19 with such signs will also be tested for coronavirus infection through RT-PCR testing .
In addition, asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case must be tested once between day five and day 10 when they come into contact, the new document stated. Asymptomatic contacts in a confirmed case were tested once between day five and day 14.
An official said: “The Health Inspectorate reviewed its strategy for a spike in coronavirus cases in the country. The new strategy aims to more effectively spread the spread of infection and provide a reliable diagnosis to all people who meet the inclusion criteria of Covid -19 test. “
The death toll due to Covid-19 increased to 3,029, and the number of cases increased to 96,169 on Monday, registering an increase of 157 deaths and a record jump of 5,242 cases in 24 hours since Sunday 8am.
“ILI cases are defined as one with acute respiratory infection with fever greater than or equal to 38 degrees Celsius and cough, while a SARI case is defined as one with acute respiratory infection with fever greater than or equal to 38 degrees Celsius and cough and requires hospitalization, ”the ICMR declared.
Until now, individuals with ILI symptoms living within hotspots or confinement zones, patients with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), and symptomatic health workers were tested for coronavirus infection according to the guidelines.
All asymptomatic individuals with a history of international travel for the past 14 days and all symptomatic contacts of the laboratory confirmed case were also tested.
“No emergency procedure (including deliveries) should be postponed due to lack of testing,” the ICMR said, adding all tests in the categories are only recommended in real-time RT-PCR testing.