New Delhi: Citing insufficient resources, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital on Friday decided to test only symptomatic Health Care Workers (HCWs). Issuing a statement, the country’s premier health institution said it discontinued the practice for contact tracing of exposed HCWs and quarantine of asymptomatic contact.Also Read - Delhi Witnesses Marginal Dip in Covid Numbers, Registers 403 Fresh Cases; Positivity Rate Stands At 1.76%

An AIIMS’s notice said, “In view of the current situation of COVID leading to insufficient resources for contact tracing, and shortages of staff, the risk assessment and contact tracing of exposed HCWs and quarantine of asymptomatic contact should be discontinued. Only the symptomatic HCWs should be tested and only those testing positive be isolated and managed as per the clinical condition.” Also Read - Coronavirus Not Gone Yet, Maharashtra CM Urges All Not to Lower Guard. Here's What He Said

The notice further stated that the HCWs who test positive may be able to join work after 10 days’ period from the onset of symptoms, provided that they are afebrile for at least 24 hours without the use of antipyretics and symptoms (e.g.. cough, shortness of breath) have improved. “Those who are asymptomatic may join work 10 days from the date of the first positive test,” the notice said. Also Read - Fourth COVID Wave In India Due To Cases Of Omicron BA.4, BA.5 Variants? Govt Panel Chief Reveals Details