NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said genome sequencing has to be strategic and has to be based on systematic collection of specimens.
In a letter to states and UTs on Monday, Additional Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Arti Ahuja advised them to pay attention to this aspect immediately and increase the testing in a strategic manner keeping in view the trend of case positivity in specific areas.
The advisory also stated that asymptomatic individuals in community settings and contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19 need not undergo testing unless the patient is identified as high risk based on age and comorbidities.
According to a statement issued by the apex Covid body, "ICMR's concerted efforts towards augmenting and diversifying testing prepared the infrastructure which made it possible to deliver on India's increased testing requirements in the wake of the second wave of Covid-19.
CoviFind is highly effective in individuals with mid to high viral load, especially in detecting infection in the case of individuals more likely to transmit the disease to others.
As Cyclone Yaas comes closer to make a likely landfall in Balasore district, the Odisha government has suspended the ongoing COVID vaccination, testing and door to door survey in three sensitive districts from May 25 to 27.
The country's apex health research body said that the home-based rapid antigen testing kit manufactured by Mylab Discovery Solutions Ltd, Pune, has been validated and approved.
More than 20 lakh tests were conducted in the last 24 hours (the highest ever conducted in a single day in India), while the daily positivity rate has declined to 13.31 per cent.
AIIMS also suggested to "Immediately isolate yourself from others" if fever, dry cough, tiredness and loss of taste or smell, irritation in throat, headache, body ache, diarrhoea, rash on skin and redness is observed.
"Localised containment strategies are the need of the hour specially for states where TPR in districts is high," said the Prime Minister.
The Health Department has expressed concerns that some private labs are collecting swabs from residence of the suspected Covid cases to conduct RT-PCR tests and collecting high charges. There are also reports about non-submission of reports in time.
“BMC will start Drive-In #COVID19 RTPCR and Antigen Testing facility at BMC Bhawani Mall, Saheed Nagar. Citizens can get themselves tested at the Centre by going to the centre on their own arrangement in a vehicle.”
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