COVID-19 testing – when and how?

All individuals need not be tested

Disease is primarily reported in Individuals with travel history to the affected countries or close contacts of positive cases.


All symptomatic people who

  • Have history of international travel in last 14 days
  • Had come in contact of confirmed cases
  • Are healthcare workers
  • Are hospitalized patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) or Influenza Like Illness (ILI) or severe pneumonia

Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of confirmed cases should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact. Direct and high-risk contact includes:

  • Those living in same household with a confirmed case
  • Healthcare workers who examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO recommendations