Covid Patients’ Asymptomatic Contacts Need Not Get Tested: Delhi Minister

Covid Patients' Asymptomatic Contacts Need Not Get Tested: Delhi Minister

The active coronavirus caseload in India stands at 2,14,004. (File)

New Delhi:

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday stated that there is no need for a COVID test if one has been in contact with an infected person but does not have any symptoms of the disease.

“According to the new guidelines of the Ministry of Health, if you have come in contact with a COVID infected person but you do not have any symptoms, then there is no need to get yourself tested. Do not panic, isolate yourself and keep checking your fever and oxygen level regularly at home,” Mr Jain tweeted in Hindi.

Meanwhile, the quarantine period for home isolation patients in the national capital, who have been tested positive for COVID-19, has been reduced to 7 days from 14 days.

India has logged 58,097 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, and the daily positivity rate is at 4.18 per cent, the Union Health Ministry informed on Wednesday.

The active caseload of COVID cases in the country now stands at 2,14,004.

As per the ministry, 2,135 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in India, of which 828 have recovered.

Maharashtra and Delhi are among the worst-hit states with the highest number of recorded Omicron cases at 653 and 464 respectively.

As many as 4,82,551 recoveries and 534 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours were also reported by the ministry. While the cumulative recoveries from the virus stand at 3,43,21,803, the total COVID deaths were reported to be 4,82,551.

Further, the ministry informed that over 147.72 crore COVID vaccine doses have been administered across the nation so far.

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