People testing Covid positive at home not reporting to health dept

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The Maharashtra health department today expressed concerns over “non-reporting of Covid positive cases”, who are being diagnosed with self-testing kits at home. Maharashtra is the most-affected state in the country due to coronavirus.

In this regard, the Maharashtra health department has written to all district and civic body officials to monitor sale of home test kits. They are also being told to ensure such patients report infections to the health authorities.

The letter written by Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary of the state public health department, asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sensitise chemists and pharmaceuticals, who would further engage with customers buying self-testing kits to report about their infections to the authorities.

“It is expected that all COVID-19 positive tests conducted through rapid antigen test kits or home test kits are reported to the authorities. But it seems that there is a large number of coronavirus positive cases diagnosed through these kits that have not been reported to the authorities concerned and such persons appear to be in home isolation,” the letter said.

More details are being added.

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