ICMR Recommends To Remove Mandatory RT-PCR Testing For Interstate Travel

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its latest advisory for COVID-19 testing during the second wave of the pandemic recommends removing the mandatory RT-PCR testing for interstate travelers.

The recommendation of ICMR has been welcomedย by travel and tourism professionals and travelers across the country.

the ICMRย in its latest advisory recommended that โ€œThe need for RT-PCR test in healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the load on laboratories.โ€

All asymptomatic domestic travelers must follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviors, it further added.

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However, the response of the state governments to the recommendation is awaited.

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

As of now, a total of 24 states are required a negative RT-PCR tests report for visitors, especially those who are arriving by air.

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The 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.

โ€œRT PCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RT PCR,โ€ it also said.


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