With increase in cases Centre advises state government to do away with mandatory requirement of prescription for Covid 19 test.

New Delhi: India entering Unlock 2 and with Covid-19 cases in the country crossing the 5.6-lakh mark this week .

Narendra Modi government has asked states and union territories to ramp up “testing and contact-tracing” capabilities.

The government, according to a letter sent to all states and union territories Wednesday, has called “test-track-trace” a key strategy for early detection and containment of the pandemic, and stressed that it is the only way to detect the infection early and prevent the spread”.

The Centre has advised the states and union territories to do away with the mandatory requirement of a prescription from a government doctor to undergo Covid-19 test. It has even advised them to used mobile vans and set up camps in areas of higher incidence of disease to collect samples.

The government, in the letter written jointly by Preeti Sudan, secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Dr Balram Bhargava, director-general, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has asked the states to pay “equal attention” to contact-tracing along with high testing.