The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have jointly written to all the States/Union Territories, urging them to ensure that all symptomatic negative cases of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) are mandatorily retested using the RT-PCR test.

“This is necessary to ensure that symptomatic negative cases do not remain untested and do not spread the disease among their contacts. This will also ensure early detection and isolation/hospitalisation of such false negatives,” said the official statement.

It has also been reiterated in the joint letter that while RAT is being used to increase access and availability of testing in the field, RT-PCR remains the gold standard of Covid tests, it added.

The Ministry also urged the States/UTs to urgently establish a monitoring mechanism in every district (a designated officer or a team) and at the State-level to follow up such cases.

“These teams will

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