Jagran Bureau, New Delhi. ICMR’s new guideline for testing is also believed to be a major reason for not increasing testing in proportion to the rapidly increasing number of corona cases in the country. In the new guideline, ICMR has abolished the mandatory testing of all those who come in contact with corona infected. At the same time, despite the infection rate crossing 15 percent, due to the low number of infected being admitted in hospitals, there is no second wave-like restlessness in the government.
In fact, in the last three days, there is a steady decline in corona testing across the country. There were 18.86 lakh tests on Wednesday, 17.87 lakh on Thursday and only 16.13 thousand on Friday. Whereas in these three days, the infection rate has increased from 13.11 percent on Wednesday and 14.78 percent on Thursday to 16.66 percent on Friday. Despite the increase in the infection rate, the new guideline of ICMR is believed to be a major reason for not increasing the testing.
During the second wave, where the emphasis was on testing, testing and testing the government. At the same time, this time the ICMR limited the testing to only those people who came in contact with the infected person, who have any symptoms related to corona infection or who are suffering from any serious disease or are above 60 years of age. Even for the infected living in home isolation, a provision has been made to consider the seventh day corona free in case of no fever continuously for three days and no testing is required for this.
Obviously, according to the new guideline, relatively few people are required to get tested. When asked the reason for not increasing the testing despite the increasing infection rate in the country, a senior Health Ministry official said that the increase in infection rate in the third wave has not yet emerged as a challenge as even 96 percent of the infected people have been infected. Symptoms are not visible, in which symptoms are being seen, most of them are of mild type, which are getting better at home. Very few people are in need of hospitalization and oxygen support. In such a situation, it would not be appropriate to take any decision in panic just due to the increase in infection rate. According to him, the situation is being closely monitored and for this reason, according to the changing need, this time the emphasis is not on testing.