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A positive test is not mandatory for admission to a COVID-19 health facility in India.

The order came amid reports that up to 20 percent of symptomatic COVID-19 patients were testing negative.

The order came amid reports that up to 20 percent of symptomatic COVID-19 patients were testing negative. On May 8, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) published a report titled "Update on Clinical Management of COVID-19." The report contained the government's revised policy for the admission of COVID-19 patients to healthcare facilities across the country.

The ministry clarified that every person suspected of being a COVID-19 patient could be admitted to the suspect ward of CCC, DCHC, or DHC.

MOFHW added that a positive test report is not mandatory for admission to a health facility. It mentioned that every patient would get the services, including medications such as oxygen or essential drugs, irrespective of their city. Moreover, a patient could be admitted even if they could not produce a valid identity card that belongs to the town of the hospital location.

The ministry has urged authorities to ensure that the hospital beds are not allocated to people who do not need hospitalization and to provide hospital admission for people based on the need.

This policy is applicable for all hospitals (including private hospitals) under the Central Government, State Governments, and Union Territory administrations.

The order came as the second wave of COVID-19 was at its peak in the country. Several reports suggested that up to 20 percent of symptomatic COVID-19 patients were testing negative, the Indian Express reported.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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