RT-PCR

Amid Omicron scare, 30 international passengers in Andhra ‘missing’ without taking RT-PCR test

Vishakhapatnam: Was India’s response to the news of detection of Omicron variant of coronavirus delayed? The number of international returnees allowed to leave airports without an RT-PCR test seems to suggest so. As many as 30 out of 60 individuals who had returned from abroad to Andhra Pradesh are not traceable, even as the authorities...

As ‘Omicron’ concerns grow, Gujarat government mandates RT-PCR for travellers from several countries

South Africa, Hong Kong, UK, Brazil and others on the list prepared by the Centre; additional Covid-related measures mandated for travellers from these countries   Gandhinagar/New Delhi: Detection of a new variant of coronavirus in South Africa, named ‘Omicron’, has triggered fears of a fresh wave of infection. Amid the concerns, Gujarat government has mandated...

India mandates 10-day quarantine for travellers from UK

India retaliates to UK’s refusal to ease Covid rules for travellers from here; starting October 4, incoming travellers from UK will also have to furnish a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report New Delhi: With UK refusing to ease its Covid-related rules for Indian travellers despite multiple warnings, India has announced reciprocal measures. Henceforth, travellers coming from...

IMA- Gujarat moves High Court over revised testing norms for COVID-19 in state

The Indian Medical Association’s Gujarat unit has moved the Gujarat High Court challenging a health department circular regarding the revised COVID-19 testing policy in the state. The petition has sought the court’s direction to allow asymptomatic health workers to get tested for COVID-19 without prior approval of authorities as required under the circular issued by...

HC directs Gujarat govt not to insist on prior approval for COVID-19 testing in private labs

The Gujarat High Court has ordered the state government not to insist on prior approval for carrying out COVID-19 confirmatory tests by private hospitals and laboratories on patients requiring urgent surgeries, undergoing critical treatment related to haemodialysis, and other emergency surgeries including child delivery. The court has said such procedures cannot wait for...

Covid19 testing norms: HC questions Guj govt, asks if it is trying to artificially control disease data

The Gujarat High Court has questioned the state’s decision not to allow private laboratories to conduct Covid19 tests. It also asked if the state government meant to “artificially control” the Covid19 data in the state. A division bench of Justices JB Pardiwala and IJ Vora in its order on Friday also said the govt’s argument...

COVID-19: ICMR asks states to return faulty rapid test kits

Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), the nodal body for the COVID-19 treatments and procedures in India, has asked state governments to return the rapid antibody test kits as the results were not satisfactory. The Centre had procured 5 lakh kits from two Chinese companies—Wondfo Biotech and Livzon Diagnostic. These kits were distributed among the...

IIT-Delhi’s cheaper COVID-19 test method gets ICMR’s approval

A significantly cheaper method developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to detect COVID-19 has got the approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), officials said on Thursday. The cheaper method is likely to make it affordable for the majority of the population in the country to opt for the COVID-19 test,...