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Covid Survival Guide: What you should do if you want to get yourself tested

Till now, ICMR had only been conducting tests on symptomatic patients. India’s apex medical body intensified random sampling last week, including people who display flu-like symptoms but don’t have any history of travel to outbreak zones to determine whether community transmission is taking place.

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2020, 12.36 PM IST
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The ICMR, on Monday, approved six private laboratories in three states for Covid-19 testing.
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As the deadly coronavirus sweeps over the nation, the Indian Centre for Medical Research (ICMR) has been working to test more and more people for the presence of the virus.

Till now, ICMR had only been conducting tests on symptomatic patients. India’s apex medical body intensified random sampling last week, including people who display flu-like symptoms but don’t have any history of travel to outbreak zones to determine whether community transmission is taking place.

In a notification issued on March 20th, ICMR said that asymptomatic individuals who have traveled internationally in the last 2 weeks should stay in home quarantine for 14 days, and that they will be tested only if they become symptomatic (symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty in breathing). All family members living with a confirmed case should be home quarantined too, according to guideline.

If you feel that you may be exposed to the virus, or you're already showing symptoms of the virus, here is what you can do to get yourself tested.

What you should do if you want to get tested
In case you feel that you may have contracted the virus, call Union health ministry's 24X7 helpline number: 01123978046.

You can also mail your queries at ncov2019@gmail.com.

The district surveillance officer will visit you and, if the chances of infection are high, you may be transported to a designated hospital for the test. The government has allotted separate ambulances for transporting suspected cases. Use of public transport isn't advised.

Find testing centres near you
In additio to government facilities, the ICMR has also approved sixteen private laboratories in three states for Covid-19 testing.

The approved private laboratories are
Maharashtra
- Thyrocare
- Suburban Diagnostics
- Metropolis Healthcare
- H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre.
- SRL Limited, Mumbai

Karnataka
- Newberg Anand Reference Laboratory in and

Gujarat
- Unipath Speciality Laboratory, Ahmedabad
- Supratech Micropath Laboratory & Research Institute

Delhi
- Dr Lal PathLabs
- Dr Dangs Lab
- Indraprastha Apollo

Tamil Nadu
– Department of Clinical Virology, CMC, Vellore,
- Department of Laboratory Services, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai

Haryana
- Strand Life Sciences
- SRL Limited

Telangana
- Apollo Hyderabad

Here is a complete list of government testing centres
Andhra Pradesh
- Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati
- Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
- GMC, Anantapur, AP

Andaman and Nicobar
- Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair

Northeast
- Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati, Assam
- Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh, Assam
- NEIGRI of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, Meghalaya
- J N Inst. of Med. Sciences Hospital, Imphal-East, Manipur
- Government Medical College, Agartala, Tripura

Bihar
- Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

Chandigarh
- Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research

Chhattisgarh
- All India Institute Medical Sciences, Raipur

Delhi-NCR
- All India Institute Medical Sciences, Delhi
- National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi

Gujarat
- BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad
- M.P.Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar

Haryana
- Pt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Inst. of Med. Sciences, Rohtak
- BPS Govt Medical College, Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh
- Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla
- Dr.Rajendra Prasad Govt. Med. College, Kangra, Tanda

Jammu & Kashmir
- Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
- Government Medical College, Jammu

Jharkhand
- MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur

Karnataka
- Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute
- National Institute of Virology Field Unit Bangalore
- Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore
- Hassan Inst. of Med. Sciences, Hassan
- Shimoga Inst. of Med. Sciences, Shivamogga

Kerala
- National Institute of Virology Field Unit
- Govt. Medical College, Thriuvananthapuram
- Govt. Medical College, Kozhikhode

Madhya Pradesh
- All India Institute Medical Sciences, Bhopal
- National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur

Maharashtra
- Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur
- Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai

Odisha
- Regional Medical Research Center, Bhubaneswar

Puducherry
- Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research

Punjab
- Government Medical College, Patiala
- Government Medical College, Amritsar

Rajasthan
- Sawai Man Singh, Jaipur
- Dr. S.N Medical College, Jodhpur
- Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar
- SP Med. College, Bikaner

Tamil Nadu
- King's Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, Chennai
- Government Medical College, Theni

Telangana
- Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad

Uttar Pradesh
- King's George Medical University, Lucknow
- Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
- Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh

Uttarakhand
- Government Medical College, Haldwani

West Bengal
- National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata
- IPGMER, Kolkata
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