Omicron risk: Samples be sent to labs tagged in INSACOG network only, says Centre

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Amid the threat of new Covid variant Omicron, the Health Ministry on Friday reiterated that the samples of those test positive must be sent to the laboratories tagged to the state and UTs in the INSACOG network.

“Samples of all those who test positive must be sent for Whole Genome Sequencing expeditiously, and only to the laboratories tagged to the State/UT in the INSACOG network”, Union Health Ministry said in a letter to the states and UTs.

 

Also Read : Omicron Covid variant ups reinfection risk by three-fold: Study

 

“Enhanced Testing is the only strategy for detection of the virus- hence as per the earlier guidelines of ICMR and Ministry of Health, focused and strategic testing must be taken up in and around the cluster of infection”, said the letter.

The letter has underlined that fully vaccinated individuals are protected from severity of the disease, so ensure the remaining first and second dose gaps through proactive measures.

 

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