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Saturday, 28 January 2023 7.21 PM IST

Covid testing strategy has been revised, says health minister

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With more than 71 per cent of the population eligible to be vaccinated receiving Covid jab, the state has revised its testing strategy, Health Minister Veena George said. Guidelines have also been issued based on the vaccination status in the districts. More people will be tested to know the exact extent of the spread of the disease in the community. The Covid situation will be assessed in all the districts based on sentinel and random samples. New centers and clusters of disease outbreaks through random samples.

In districts where above 80 percent of population have received the first dose of the vaccine, RTPCR testing will be performed on individuals with all symptoms, including mild sore throat, cough, and diarrhea. Antigen testing will be conducted in this place as part of Sentinel Surveillance. This test is performed on people with high social contact such as shops, malls, offices, institutions and transit sites. Antigen will also be sufficient for a random test to assess the disease status in the district. This method is also followed in local bodies where above 80 percent of population have received the first dose of the vaccine. The old system will continue in local government areas where below 80 per cent were administered the first dose of the vaccine.

Two weeks after taking the two-dose vaccine, those who are asymptomatic will be excluded from the random test. Those who have been diagnosed with the disease within two months should be excluded. Samples collected should be sent to labs without delay and positive and negative results should be uploaded as soon as possible. Strict action will be taken against the labs which do against this. District health department officers will check the quality of antigen, RTPCR test kits and action will be taken.

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