The outbreak of the deadly Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 disease continues to intensify across the world as well as in India. The disease has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which has affected the lives of mankind. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is working round-the-clock to address various concerns of the people of India. The ICMR has approved Coronavirus Testing in India by including several private laboratories apart from public centres. It has issued the list of Government COVID-19 labs which people can check if they have contracted the Novel Coronavirus.
- List of The Testing Centres For Coronavirus in India:
- FAQs About Coronavirus Testing Labs in India:
- News Related to Coronavirus Testing In India:
- Jharkhand’s Cabinet Minister Tested Positive For COVID-19
- WHO Survey Highlights Risk of ARV Stockout
- Odisha Government Decides to Start Plasma Therapy
- COVID-19: Ahmedabad-based Pharma Company Gets Approval To Begin Human Trials For Vaccine
- Plasma Bank To Help Patients with COVID-19 Infection in Delhi
- COVID-19: Recovery Rate Inclines to 58.67% in India
- Delhi: Centre’s Order on Clinical Assessment Withdrawn After SDMA Meeting
- COVID-19: Karnataka Government Directed Private Hospitals to Apply Fixed Charges
- COVID-19: Testing Labs Goes Up by 1,000 Across India
The ICMR, which is the apex body in the country for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research has listed Government-designated centres to conduct independent testing of the COVID-19. If you or anyone wants to test for COVID-19, then you can visit the below list of Coronavirus testing centres in India. The cost of the lab test is free and involves the various sampling of bodily fluids to ascertain whether you have contracted COVID-19. Below is the list of 156 Coronavirus testing labs and 3 collection centres approved by the ICMR:
Also, read: Coronavirus Helpline: Official Phone Numbers
Below are some of the frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing labs in India:
All those who have symptoms of the COVID-19 with the below criteria should test for Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19:
> International travel history in the last fourteen days.
> Healthcare workers
> Those who have come in contact with confirmed cases.
> Those who have been hospitalized with Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) or Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARS).
> Those living in the same household with confirmed case(s) should test once between 5 and 14 days.
> Healthcare workers who came in contact with a confirmed case(s) without adequate protection as per WHO guidelines
The Supreme Court, as on 13 April 2020, has allowed private laboratories to conduct a free test for Coronavirus or COVID-19 only for Ayushman Bharat car holders, while the government will formulate different schemes for BPL categories. However, the lab test is free in government-run labs. Those who do not fall under the Ayushman Bharat and BPL categories and would like to test in a government-designated private lab will have to pay a maximum of Rs.4,500 which includes Rs.1,500 for a screening test and Rs.3,000 for a confirmation test. The ICMR will amend the guidelines from time to time.
The initial testing protocol in India was to test anyone with travel history to high-risk countries and those who came in contact with those who have already tested positive for COVID-19. This was revised on 20 March 2020 to expand the scope to all symptomatic healthcare workers, asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a positive case and all hospitalised patients with SARS.
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- Total Operational (initiated independent testing) Government Laboratories: ICMR, https://covid.icmr.org.in/index.php/testing-facilities
Jharkhand’s Cabinet Minister Tested Positive For COVID-19
– July 8, 2020
Dr VB Prasad, Civil Surgeon, Ranchi has confirmed that a minister from Hemant Soren’s cabinet has been infected with Coronavirus. He had thrown a housewarming party where he and his family came in contact with a lot of people. The medical officials are trying to investigate the exact source of the infection. Those who came in contact with the cabinet minister are also being tested for COVID-19. While the minister has contracted the disease, his wife has tested negative. He is currently kept at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in a COVID-19 ward. Relatives of the infected minister said that he started showing symptoms of the diseases on July 06 after which he and his wife were tested for COVID-19. The reports came in on Tuesday and it was confirmed that the minister is indeed suffering from a Coronavirus infection. Another minister has been tested positive for COVID-19. These two cases have forced officials to look for the source of spread among the lawmakers. Currently, there are 870 active cases in the state, 2104 people have either been cured or discharged from medical facilities, and 22 people have lost their lives. Overall 2996 people are affected till date by the COVID-19 disease in Jharkhand.
WHO Survey Highlights Risk of ARV Stockout
– July 7, 2020
The World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted a survey before the International AIDS Society’s conference. This conference is held biannually. As per the survey, 73 countries have raised their concerns regarding their stock of antiretroviral medicines or ARV as they are commonly known. The countries have warned that they are at a risk of an ARV stock out because of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the world. 24 countries are facing severe stock issues or supply issues of ARV. This medicine is used to control HIV and prevent its transmission. As per data available in 2019, more than 8 million people in the 24 countries facing stock issues were being helped by ARVs. The survey highlighted that the countries are facing supply issues because of the restrictions and challenges put forward by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Suppliers are finding it difficult to meet deadlines, land and air transport has taken a hit, and healthcare service accessibility has also been limited.
Odisha Government Decides to Start Plasma Therapy
– July 6, 2020
Different Indian states are undertaking active measures to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to take care of those who are affected by it. The State Government of Odisha decided to begin plasma therapy to treat those COVID-19 patients who are in a critical situation. Such a decision was taken in a meeting involving the Health and Family Welfare Minister, N K Das. The plasma therapy treatment will first be implemented in 4 centres and can be extended to other hospitals if needed. The hospitals selected for the first phase of plasma therapy are SCB Medical College Hospital, Bhubaneshwar’s SUM and KIMS Hospitals, and Cuttack’s Ashwini Hospital. A plasma bank shall also be set-up. Certain district authorities in Odisha have announced weekend shutdowns to restrict the virus from spreading. Such shutdowns were announced as precautionary measures against the rising cases in the districts.
COVID-19: Ahmedabad-based Pharma Company Gets Approval To Begin Human Trials For Vaccine
– July 6, 2020
The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) has given approval to Zydus Cadila for conducting human trials to test the effectiveness of ZyCoV-D. It is an experimental vaccine developed for treating COVID-19. This is the second instance where a company has managed to get approval for human trials for COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier, Bharat Biotech sought approval to test their vaccine called Covaxin on humans. Currently, more than 140 potential vaccines are under trials at various stages of development. The government said that this is “the beginning of the end”. Another commendable thing is that around 60% of vaccine supplies sent to the UNICEF are from Indian manufacturers. More than 19500 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 as of today. It has become imperative that an effective vaccine is introduced to the general public to possibly reduce the number of cases in the country. Maharashtra is at the top of the list with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Karnataka.
Plasma Bank To Help Patients with COVID-19 Infection in Delhi
– June 30, 2020
The Delhi government has announced that it will set up a plasma bank in the Union Territory and it is likely to be the first such bank in India. The plasma bank will operate just like a blood bank and will be set up in the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences Hospital. Patients can avail services from the plasma bank but the services have to be recommended by a doctor. The Chief Minister of Delhi announced the decision to set up the plasma bank. He added that there is a tremendous demand for plasma therapy in Delhi. He said they were the first to conduct plasma trials in the country and results have been encouraging. He added that plasma therapy helps stabilise the respiratory rate of moderate to severe patients; however, it will not help people with multi-organ failures. Any COVID-19 patient who has been cured can donate plasma at the prescribed plasma bank. The modalities of setting up the bank will be done in a couple of days.
COVID-19: Recovery Rate Inclines to 58.67% in India
– June 29, 2020
The Ministry of Health said the recovery rate in India has improved with “encouraging results”. The rate has improved to 58.67%. Despite being the fourth worst-hit country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said the recovery among COVID-19 patients continues to improve. Also, the difference between active and recovered cases has inclined to 1,11,602. The Ministry added that as of today, 3,21,722 patients have recovered and 2,10,120 are active cases and are under medical care. In the last 24 hours, 12,010 coronavirus patients have recovered. The Ministry also said that the improvement is due to the Centre’s proactive and preemptive steps along with states and UTs to contain the spread of the deadly virus. As for the reported positive cases in the last 24 hours stands at 19,459 and the total cases stand at 5,48,318 COVID-19 cases in the country. As for fatalities, death numbers in the last 24 hours stand at 380, adding to the total deaths of 16,475.
Delhi: Centre’s Order on Clinical Assessment Withdrawn After SDMA Meeting
– June 26, 2020
As per a Central government guideline, COVID positive people were supposed to visit a care centre to determine if it was possible to keep them under home isolation or should they be admitted to a hospital. In case of determination of home isolation after the clinical assessment, a verification was supposed to be conducted by a different team regarding the accommodation. This guideline issued by the centre faced severe criticism due to lack of infrastructure and the lengthy process. The guideline is now revoked after the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) meeting attended by Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal. Instead of visiting the care centre, those found positive via the rapid testing process shall be tested on the spot by the medical officers. Manish Sisodia also mentioned that home isolation has been successful in the capital.
COVID-19: Karnataka Government Directed Private Hospitals to Apply Fixed Charges
– June 25, 2020
The Government of Karnataka has now capped the expenses related to Coronavirus treatment. At the beginning of this pandemic, 518 private healthcare facilities that were registered to provide treatment under Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka scheme were affiliated for treating COVID-19 patients. This allowed more room for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. As per the cap on charges, the patients who are referred by Public Health Authorities need to pay Rs 5,200 for a normal (general) ward, Rs 7,000 for HDU, Rs 8,500 without a ventilator and Rs 10,000 with a ventilator for isolation ward. Those who are admitted directly by Public Health Authorities with cash payment need to pay Rs 10,000 for a normal (general) ward, Rs 12,000 for HDU. Rs 12,000 without a ventilator and Rs 15,000 with a ventilator for isolation ward. With a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, it is not possible to get everyone admitted in a government hospital where the rates are pocket-friendly. People are forced to avail treatment in private hospitals and pay a much higher sum of money. This demand for all medical care facilities has also brought a sense of profit-making to hospitals that are not affiliated with the government. Capping the charges can now reduce the burden on people suffering from COVID-19.
COVID-19: Testing Labs Goes Up by 1,000 Across India
– June 24, 2020
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in a tweet announced that it has set up over 1,000 COVID-19 testing labs across the country. It said that it was a major milestone in increasing testing in the country. Of the 1,000 labs, 270 are private, while the remaining 730 are government testing labs. It said that as of 23 January 2020, there was only one testing lab which has not increased to 1,000 today. The ICMR advised all states, private and public institutions to take necessary steps to increase the rate of testing of COVID-19 samples. The novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) after it spread across the globe affecting almost every country in the world
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