The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released an advisory indicating that healthy individuals will no longer be required to take the RT-PCR test for interstate domestic travel. The advisory was issued to lighten the burden on COVID testing laboratories in the wake of the pandemic’s second wave. The advisory also indicated that RT-PCR should not be repeated on a person who has previously tested positive by RAT or RT-PCR. Moreover, no testing is required for COVID-19 recovered individuals at the time of hospital discharge.
ICMR discouraged non-essential interstate travel, especially of people who depict flu-like symptoms. Since travelers have to follow the proper Covid safety protocol, this advisory will make necessary interstate travel easier for individuals. Since there’s a lot of pressure on the labs to deliver results on time, ICMR also recommended setting up testing booths in cities and villages.