Private NABL-Accredited Labs Will Soon Be Operationalised For Coronavirus Tests: ICMR
A technician holds an agar plate containing bacteria cell culture at a Bugworks Research India Ltd. laboratory in Bengaluru, India. (Photographer: Samyukta Lakshmi/Bloomberg)  

Private NABL-Accredited Labs Will Soon Be Operationalised For Coronavirus Tests: ICMR

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There are 72 functional Indian Council of Medical Research laboratories conducting tests for coronavirus and private National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories-accredited labs will soon be operationalised across the country, Indian Council of Medical Research General Director Balram Bhargava on Tuesday said.

He also appealed to all private laboratories to offer Covid-19 diagnosis free of cost. "We have 72 functional ICMR laboratories in government sector for testing and 49 more will be active by the month end," he said. Bhargava said that India was in stage 2 or local transmission of the virus.

"All asymptomatic patients who have taken international flights in the past 14 days should get tested as per current protocol if they develop symptoms," he said.

He also said that symptomatic people who come in close contact with laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases must be tested, adding and all healthcare workers managing respiratory condition of patients should be tested too if symptomatic.

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"Private NABL accredited laboratories will soon be operationalised," Bhargava said. ICMR was approached by several private players who want to contribute and talks are on with 51 NABL-accredited private laboratories.

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