Health ministry confines Covid 19 tests only on people with travel history

The Health Ministry has said all individuals need not get tested for COVID- 19 as the disease is primarily reported in individuals with travel history to affected countries or close contacts of positive cases.

The Ministry has said that all symptomatic people who have a history of international travel in the last 14 days should get tested. Symptomatic persons who had come in contact with confirmed cases and healthcare workers should also be tested.

Testing should be done on symptomatic persons who are hospitalised patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness or Influenza-like Illness or severe pneumonia.

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