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As Covid19 cases surge, only very severe cases to be tested before discharge

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The Centre on Saturday revised its policy on discharge of Covid19 patients and said that only the most severe cases will now be tested, that too only once, before being discharged. Until now, patients were discharged only if two of their tests came negative for Covid-19 in RT-PCR swab tests after a gap of 24 hours.

The change in guidelines come as India registered cloase to 60,000 cases with cases expected to go up further. The ministry of health and family welfare, in its revised guidelines, said that mild/very mild/pre-symptomatic cases admitted to Covid-19 care facilities can be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for three days. Such patients, it said, will not need testing prior to discharge but patients will be advised to follow home quarantine for 7 days.

It should be noted that in most countries the standard norm for discharge of Covid19 patients post treatment is two consecutive negative tests. India’s recovery rate is 30% as per the health ministry statistics with 17,846 Covid-19 patients having recovered till now.