NEW DELHI: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued new testing guidelines issued amidst the second wave of COVID-19 infections.
ICMR suggested authorities reduce RT-PCR tests to take the load off the existing laboratories, although both centre and states wanted to increase the proportion of RT-PCR tests.
In the new guidelines, ICMR has recommended;
India can do 15 lakh tests in its 2,506 molecular testing laboratories, including RT-PCR, TrueNat, CBNAAT, and other platforms.
ICMR further stated that RT-PCR should be taken if, "individuals with symptoms identified negative by rapid antigen testing should be linked with RT-PCR test facility."
Entering the information of vaccination status in the testing form for RAT or RT-PCR has been made mandatory by ICMR.
Any individual should be considered as a suspect case if they have symptoms of COVID-19 like;