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Health Ministry to Conduct Nationwide Mock Drill Tomorrow for Emergency Response to Handle Coronavirus Cases

Health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said guidelines for coronavirus tests have been revised, directing that asymptomatic direct, high-risk contacts of confirmed cases should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in contact with an infected person.

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Updated:March 21, 2020, 5:55 PM IST
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Health Ministry to Conduct Nationwide Mock Drill Tomorrow for Emergency Response to Handle Coronavirus Cases
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New Delhi: The Union health ministry on Saturday carried out training for critical care management at 1,000 places through video conference and said it will conduct nationwide mock drill on Sunday for emergency response to handle coronavirus cases cases.

Health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said guidelines for coronavirus tests have been revised, directing that asymptomatic direct, high-risk contacts of confirmed cases should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in contact with an infected person.

The government is likely to issue guidelines for private labs for the test later on Saturday, he said, adding people should not go for coronavirus tests "out of fashion" or as a confidence-building exercise. Protocols are in place and that will be followed, he said.

At a briefing, officials also said the government is working to ramp up production of masks and sanitisers with states asked to allow deodorant manufacturers to produce sanitisers.

There is no shortage of these items and people should not indulge in panic-buying, one official said.

There is a lot of misinformation about masks as not everybody is needed needed to wear them and that social distancing is more important, Agarwal said. He said over 262 people, mostly students, will be evacuated from Rome on Saturday. The government of India has so far brought in over 1700 Indians from abroad.

Asked whether cases of community transmission have been found out, he said people will be told when it happens and, he added, official agencies across the country are involved in tracing over 7000 persons who are suspected to have come in touch with the infected patients.

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