Omicron Alert! Health Ministry orders States to accelerate Covid19 testing; Steroid restricted

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On Monday only 64,919 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the state.
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Omicron Alert! Health Ministry orders States to accelerate Covid19 testing
Covid19 test in Assam | file

Guwahati: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in a flag message has urged all states and UTs to increase the pace of testing “in a strategic manner” noting that Covid 19 testing has declined recently.

The union health ministry advised that the testing should be done keeping in view the case-positivity trend in specific geographies in States and UTs. Ministry asked the state government to speed up the testing to efficiently track the spread of the virus and initiate actions quickly.

Issuing an updated set of guidelines, the union health ministry has urged doctors to avoid the use of steroids and to test patients for tuberculosis if severe coughing persists.

According to the revised guidelines, steroid use increases the risk of secondary infections, such as black fungus, and must thus, be avoided.

Assam on Monday registered 6,982 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in the third wave. However, only 64,919 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The state’s positivity rate increased to 10.75 percent.

Meanwhile, the Kamrup metro district, which primarily comprises Guwahati city, reported 1491 fresh cases.

At least 11 people died of Covid19 on Monday too.

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