NEW DELHI, May 18
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 100293 and as expected has crossed one lakh. The total number of active cases is currently 56,316, while 36,823 patients have recovered and been discharged. The novel coronavirus has claimed 3,029 lives in India so far, with Maharashtra being the worst-hit State in the country due to high population density in its hotspots.
With this rise in the confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revised its testing strategy for the country. The revised guidelines, which were released earlier today, indicate that no emergency procedure will be delayed due to lack of testing. All symptomatic patients with influenza-like illnesses (ILI) will be tested, and asymptomatic contacts who are at direct as well as high-risk of infection will be tested between the fifth and 10th day of coming into contact with a confirmed patient. Symptomatic individuals with a history of international travel will, of course, be tested as well.
CBSE suggests social distancing, other steps to prevent COVID-19 spread during exams
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the revised datesheet for class 10 and 12 board exams today. The exams, which had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have now been scheduled for July 2020. CBSE is still to issue thorough guidelines for the execution of these exams, but it has already been made clear that physical distancing norms will have to be followed by all students and invigilators. Parents must ensure that the children are not sick, and students will have to carry sanitizers and wear masks/face covers.