The Indian Government has banned a practice in which a man undergoes a coronaval virus test procedure at a hospital.
The Centre’s notification, on Wednesday, comes a day after the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) issued a circular barring a test procedure on the grounds that it may cause adverse side effects.
The National Institute for Allergy & Infectious Disease (Niaid) said in the circular that the procedure, known as a CVS-IV (co-infection testing), is “not in the interest of public health” and it is a “further delay to proper diagnosis and treatment”.
The circular also stated that “there is no medical justification for such procedure” and advised hospitals to ensure that their staff undergo the procedure at least every three months.
The notification comes a few days after the Health Ministry said that it was planning to “take preventive measures” to stop the spread of the coronaviral infection.
On Sunday, the Centre announced a ban on the procedure in a bid to prevent people from becoming infected with the virus.
The government has imposed a five-day ban on coronaviroclavirus tests, and the National Center for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRSD) said on Wednesday that it has issued a new circular banning the test.
The NCIRSD said in a statement that the new circular is “against the best interests of public and health”.
“The circular will help in ensuring that the correct diagnostic procedures are carried out by medical staff at all hospitals and that proper and effective testing procedures are in place at all levels,” the statement said.
A ban on testing was imposed on July 5 after a US health official said that he was concerned that the method was “not appropriate”.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday announced that the country had seen a “substantial increase” in the number of infections linked to the coronovirus, with an increase of 1,000 cases in just over a week.
The government also said on Tuesday that it had raised the number from the original 5,000 to 11,000.
The move comes days after President Pranab Mukherjee announced a four-day quarantine and ordered all Indians to be tested for the coronaval disease.
The decision came after the death of a 26-year-old man who died from the coronivirus on Sunday in Chennai.
The Health Ministry has now also banned the test for people over the age of 60.