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Despite ICMR guidelines, hospitals are liberal with testing

Huge crowd seen at the Covid-19 testing center at a government hospital in Noida. (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Several Delhi hospitals are still testing patients for Covid-19 at the time of admission and before procedures to prevent hospital transmission, despite new testing guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) stating that asymptomatic patients should not be tested. Doctors also fear that surgical outcomes may be worse in patients with an active infection.

“Asymptomatic patients undergoing surgical/non-surgical invasive procedures, including pregnant women in/in labor who are hospitalized for delivery, should not be tested unless warranted or symptoms appear,” the new guidelines read.

Coal Block Scam: CBI Court Takes Notice of Violations Against High-Level Bureaucrats

In a coal block scam case, a CBI court learned of offenses on charges of criminal conspiracy, corruption and cheating against five people, including senior bureaucrats from the Union Ministry of Coal (MoC).

Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj took cognizance of the offenses under Sections 120-(b) (Criminal Conspiracy), 420 (Cheating and Unfair Delivery of Property) and other relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, on January 12.

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