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Isolation, and not indiscriminate testing, is the only way India can limit the spread of COVID-19: Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on 22nd March 2020.

What ICMR Director General had to say?

  • A lockdown is the most important step in breaking transmission of the infection.
  • The State governments have now been directed to earmark hospitals specifically to accommodate COVID-19 patients.
  • ICMR noted that it had tested over 16,109 individuals, and over 7,000 were currently under surveillance.
  • We have enough stock of personal protection equipment and have asked the States to use all their resources to ensure that the poor and disadvantaged groups don’t suffer.
  • Our approach is preventive while being prepared.



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