On Saturday, the ICMR issued guidelines stipulated that all commercial kits for real time PCR-based diagnosis of Covid-19 should be either US Food and Drug Administration approved or should meetEuropean certification standards, or both. It also said that all Covid-19 positive samples will need to be transported to ICMR's National Institute for Virology, Pune under suitable biosafety and biosecurity precautions. Failure to comply with any of the guidelines could lead to legal action, the guidelines added.
That apart, national laboratories have also been allowed to carry out clinical testing of Covid-19, as the number of cases went past 400 in India.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 415 on Monday, with 15 more people testing positive in Maharashtra. The death toll due to the novel coronavirus
pandemic in India rose to seven on Sunday.
According to Union health ministry data, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 89, followed by Kerala at 52. Delhi has reported 30 positive cases, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 27 cases. Telangana has reported 22 cases, Rajasthan 24, and Karnataka 26 coronavirus