Covid-29 test not mandatory for pregnant women going to hospitals: AAP govt to Delhi HC

Delhi: On Wednesday, the Delhi government informed the Delhi High Court that it is not mandatory for every pregnant woman to undergo Covid-19 test for admission in hospitals for in-patient care, surgeries or childbirth.

“In emergent situations, the treatment must not be denied for want of COVID-19 test results,” and the test may be conducted simultaneously as per ICMR testing strategy, the Delhi government stated.

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On the issue of time taken for testing and declaration of the results, the Delhi government stated that Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for pregnant women could be done in the health facility itself with the report being available within 30 minutes at the point of care.

“A pregnant woman, if found positive on testing, is ideally to be transferred to the dedicated COVID-19 hospital for further management once the immediate required care has been provided and she is stable and fit to to be transferred,” the Delhi government said.

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