In its new guidelines, the ICMR said at-risk contacts of patients would be those above 60 years of age and individuals with co-morbidities like diabetes and hypertension.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday said contacts of Covid-19 patients do not need to be tested unless identified as high-risk based on age or comorbidities.
In a fresh set of guidelines on testing of samples for the coronavirus disease, the top government body said at-risk contacts of patients would be those above 60 years of age and individuals with co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, chronic lung or kidney disease, malignancy and obesity.
The ICMR said testing may be undertaken as per discretion of the treating doctor with certain considerations.
Asymptomatic patients undergoing surgical or non-surgical invasive procedures, including pregnant women in/near labour who are hospitalised for delivery should not be tested unless warranted or symptoms develop.
It said no emergency procedure, including surgeries, should be delayed due to lack of a test. Also, patients should not be referred to other facilities for lack of testing facilities.