Highlights

  • Centre to states: ramp up Covid testing through rapid antigen tests
  • Centre: RT-PCR tests could lead to delays due to increase in cases
  • 'People with fever, headache, sore throat to be treat as suspect Covid cases'

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All cases of fever, body ache to be tested for Covid: Centre writes to states

States have been asked to set up round the clock functional rapid antigent testing booths at different locations, engage medical and paramedical staff, and encourage the use of home test kits. 

The Union Health Ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research on Friday wrote to all states and Union territories asking them to increase rapid antigen testing method for detecting novel coronavirus. The letter said confirming infections via RT-PCR would lead to delays due increase in number of cases.

States have been asked to set up round the clock functional rapid antigen testing booths at different locations, engage medical and paramedical staff, and encourage the use of home test kits.

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The health ministry has also directed that any individual presenting with fever with/without cough, headache, sore throat, breathlessness, body ache, the recent loss of taste or smell, fatigue, and diarrhea should be considered as a suspect case of Covid-19 unless proven otherwise.

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