Amid rapid surge in coronavirus cases, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has come up with a revised and fresh advisory on testing for Covid.

"Contacts of persons infected with COVID-19, unless if they are at high-risk, are not required to be tested for the contagious disease"

Individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel are also not required to be tested, the top medical body said.

The ICMR has also exempted asymptomatic individuals in community settings, along with patients who stand discharged as per home isolation guidelines, from the COVID-19 tests.

"Patients being discharged from a COVID-19 facility as per revised discharge policy" are also need not to be tested.

For hospitals ICMR categorically noted that "no emergency procedure (including surgeries and deliveries) should be delayed for lack of a test."

"Patients should not be referred to other facilities for lack of a testing facility." ICMR said in new guidelines on 10 January 2022.