Coronavirus: RT-PCR Tests: New Rules For Covid Testing Introduced By Government

Coronavirus: RT-PCR Tests: New Rules For Covid Testing Introduced By Government

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All asymptomatic individuals undertaking essential travel must follow Covid rules, it said (File)

The central government has revised the country's coronavirus-testing rules to reduce pressure on diagnostic labs amid a spurt of coronavirus cases. "Healthy" domestic travellers and Covid patients being discharged from hospitals after recovery must not be tested, it said.

The centre said the over 2,500 labs in the country had been working under tremendous pressure because of the rapidly growing caseloads.

"The need for RT-PCR test in healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the load on laboratories," the centre said in a circular to states.

"No testing is required for COVID-19-recovered individuals at the time of hospital discharge," it added.

The centre said people who had tested positive once - either by rapid tests or the gold standard RT-PCR - must not be tested again.

Non-essential travel of people with Covid symptoms should be avoided to reduce the risk of infection, the government added.

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