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No need for RT-PCR test for healthy individuals travelling inter-state: ICMR

“The need of RT-PCR test [for] healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed,” said ICMR in the advisory.

Indian Medical Council of Research released a new set of guidelines for testing against the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) amid the exponential growth in the infection rate. Under the fresh guidelines, the apex body suggested the removal of mandatory RT-PCR test for health people travelling in the country.
“The need of RT-PCR test [for] healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed,” said ICMR in the advisory. All asymptomatic domestic travellers must follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviours, it added.

The RT-PCR tests are considered more reliable than the rapid antigen tests and until now, people travelling in the country were required to produce negative RT-PCR report to cross the borders.

ICMR also advised skipping the RT-PCR test if a Covid-19 patient has completed 10 days of quarantine and did not report fever in the last three days. “RT PCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RT PCR,” it also said.

The changed guidelines come as hospitals are inundated with Covid-19 patients and have pushed the health care system to crumble. The recent explosion in cases has led to a shortage of beds, ventilators and oxygen cylinders. There is almost a waiting of 7-days if a person is trying to get the Covid-19 test done at their home.