The coronavirus testing guidelines have been revised by the central government in order to reduce the pressure on diagnostic labs amid a spurt of coronavirus cases. As per the new rules said, Covid patients being discharged from hospitals after recovery and “Healthy” inter-state travellers must not be tested.
Over 2,500 labs in the country are working under tremendous pressure because of the rapidly growing caseloads.
The centre said in a circular to states, “The need for RT-PCR test in healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the load on laboratories.”
“No testing is required for COVID-19-recovered individuals at the time of hospital discharge,” it added.
For the people who have tested positive once who have been either tested by rapid tests or by the gold standard RT-PCR, must not be tested again.
The government further added, non-essential travel of people with Covid symptoms should be evaded to reduce the risk of infection.
However, the individuals who are asymptomatic and are undertaking essential travel must follow all the Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Meanwhile, reports of RT-PCR test results getting delayed by several days have emerged from many Covid-hit states. Following this many people are now going for expensive CT- scans that can detect signs of the infection in lungs.
On Monday, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria cautioned against “misuse” of CT-scans.
Hence, the chances of recovery of critical patient’s are possible if early diagnosis and treatment are done, say experts.
In the last 24 hours India recorded over 3 lakh cases of coronavirus for over a week. The country’s single day covid numbers were 3.35 lakh cases and 3.449 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, shortages of medical oxygen, life-saving drugs and hospital beds were reported in several badly affected states.
Many countries have rushed in medical supplies to expand India’s efforts in controlling the surge as horrific stories and videos have come up of people dying outside hospitals in the lack of medical care and oxygen support.