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Increase Rapid Antigen Testing, Upload Result Data On Central portal: ICMR To States, Union Territories

In a letter to Chief Secretaries, Indian Council of Medical Research has also directed that testing data should be uploaded on the ICMR portal so that all positive cases are brought to the attention of authorities for isolation, quarantine or treatment

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Highlights
  • ICMR wants to ensure the COVID-19 testing is further enhanced and reported
  • All hospitals, labs may initiate antigen testing: ICMR
  • ICMR will review and approve all applications for RT-PCR testing

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked all states and Union territories to approved government and private facilities for conducting rapid antigen testing for COVID-19. In a letter to Chief Secretaries, the medical research body has also directed that such testing data be uploaded on the ICMR portal so that all positive cases are brought to the attention of authorities for isolation, quarantine or treatment.

To ensure that testing is further enhanced and reporting of the same is done seamlessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava in a letter asked all states and Union Territories (UTs) to apply for obtaining login credentials for data entry into the ICMR portal.

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Mr Bhargava said ICMR has been receiving multiple requests from various public sector units, small private and government facilities, temples, etc for initiating rapid antigen testing.

With the use of antigen tests, more and more tests are being carried out. lt is absolutely necessary that all such testing data is uploaded on the ICMR database and all positive cases are brought to the attention of district/ municipal authorities for isolation/ quarantine/ treatment, as the case may be, Mr Bhargava said in his letter to the Chief Secretaries.

To provide safe healthcare services, all government hospitals, labs as well as all private NABH/NABL hospitals and labs may initiate antigen testing and also apply for obtaining login credentials for data entry into the ICMR portal, he said.

In an effort to facilitate and further liberalise testing, ICMR has generated five common login credentials for each district of a state and UT, which may be shared with all government and private facilities selected for antigen testing.

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“You may nominate a nodal person from your state and UT, who could contact the ICMR team for obtaining login credentials,” the letter stated.

Respective state and UT governments should identify/ approve all government and private facilities who would be providing COVID-19 diagnosis through antigen-based assays. The common login credentials should be shared with all government and private facilities approved by the state, the letter stated.

Mr Bhargava said individual organisations should not separately approach ICMR now for obtaining logins for antigen testing.

However, ICMR or mentor institutes will continue to review and approve all applications for RT-PCR based testing, he said in the letter. The letter has asked states to ensure that all the antigen testing points are appropriately linked with RT-PCR facility, where symptomatic negatives will be tested.

Appreciating the efforts of the state and UT governments for scaling up testing for detecting coronavirus, Bhargava said this combined effort has led to a situation wherein every day more than 3.20 lakh tests are carried out in the country and in all more than one crore tests have been done so far.

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The key strategy to save lives and protect livelihoods remains ‘tests, track, treat’. Our continuous endeavour is to increase testing capacity and provide more and more access to people for testing. ICMR recently approved a point-of-care rapid antigen test for diagnosis of COVID-19, in addition to the already existing molecular diagnostic tools, he said in the letter.

Antigen test is a promising tool for quick diagnosis of COVID-19. ICMR has advised the use of this test for quick detection of COVID-19 patients in containment zones and hospitals.

In addition, ICMR has invited researchers/ entrepreneurs to come up with such testing kits which are accurate and useful. Efforts are being made to validate such kits and make multiple options available for use.

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World

26,21,50,955Cases
22,29,25,306Active
3,40,18,299Recovered
52,07,350Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,21,50,955 and 52,07,350 have died; 22,29,25,306 are active cases and 3,40,18,299 have recovered as on November 30, 2021 at 3:50 am.

India

3,45,87,822 6,990Cases
1,00,5433,316Active
3,40,18,299 10,116Recovered
4,68,980 190Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,87,822 confirmed cases including 4,68,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,00,543 and 3,40,18,299 have recovered as on November 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,34,980 536

11,525 338

64,82,493 853

1,40,962 21

Kerala

51,37,091 3,382

45,138 2,514

50,51,998 5,779

39,955 117

Karnataka

29,95,857 257

6,907 47

29,50,747 205

38,203 5

Tamil Nadu

27,26,197 730

8,291 46

26,81,434 767

36,472 9

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,725 101

2,102 38

20,56,184 138

14,439 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,387 5

86 3

16,87,391 2

22,910

West Bengal

16,15,378 511

7,733 71

15,88,172 571

19,473 11

Delhi

14,40,900 34

285 3

14,15,517 36

25,098 1

Odisha

10,48,880 197

2,165 26

10,38,306 221

8,409 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,779 16

318 12

9,92,868 28

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,770 12

187 12

9,45,628 24

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,435 27

262 22

8,17,081 49

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,150 12

126 4

7,82,496 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,692 16

165 3

7,61,473 19

10,054

Bihar

7,26,219 2

39 2

7,16,517 4

9,663

Telangana

6,75,798 184

3,581 46

6,68,227 137

3,990 1

Assam

6,16,708 140

2,595 96

6,08,015 230

6,098 6

Punjab

6,03,258 18

329 11

5,86,330 26

16,599 3

Jharkhand

3,49,232 11

95 2

3,43,997 9

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,227 8

132 44

3,36,687 51

7,408 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,681 150

1,626 32

3,30,579 181

4,476 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,093 90

824 29

2,22,422 61

3,847

Goa

1,78,890 24

276 3

1,75,230 19

3,384 2

Mizoram

1,34,810 437

3,805 95

1,30,512 531

493 1

Puducherry

1,28,893 12

296 16

1,26,725 28

1,872

Manipur

1,25,169 17

655 30

1,22,539 43

1,975 4

Tripura

84,791 4

78 8

83,890 10

823 2

Meghalaya

84,461 17

285 16

82,704 32

1,472 1

Chandigarh

65,456 8

58 4

64,578 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,273 4

35 2

54,958 2

280

Sikkim

32,233 5

121 6

31,709 11

403

Nagaland

32,109 9

140 5

31,273 4

696

Ladakh

21,540 12

250 18

21,076 29

214 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

24 4

10,319 4

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,683 2

8 2

7,546

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