ICMR must change guidelines for testing to increase: Delhi Health Minister

by National | 13-06-2020 | 685 views

Amid criticism over alleged low COVID-19 testing numbers in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Saturday, "If you want the number of tests conducted for COVID-19 to increase, then ask ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) to change its guidelines." Jain added, "We cannot flout ICMR guidelines that state certain conditions which are prerequisite for tests."

The Health Ministry on Friday said that the doubling time of coronavirus cases in India has improved to 17.4 days. At the time the lockdown was imposed on March 25, the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases was 3.4 days, it stated. Meanwhile, the recovery rate stands at 49.47% as over 1.47 lakh people have been cured.

An Assam hospital discharged a patient who was awaiting his COVID-19 test results after mixing him up with a recovered person with a similar sounding name. Hanif Ali was discharged after responding to hospital staff calling out the name of Hamid Ali, and had reached his village before being called back. Hanif later tested negative, Darrang DC Dilip Borah stated.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday said that the government has reduced the rates of the coronavirus tests conducted by private laboratories from ₹4,500 to ₹2,200. Stating that the lower costs would provide relief to citizens, Tope added that collection of swabs from home will now cost ₹2,800 as opposed to the earlier charge of ₹5,200.

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