New Delhi: With growing cases of Coronavirus every passing day, the Centre has now expanded the scope of COVID-19 testing to inlcude all pneumonia patients in both public and private hospitals, irrespective of their travel or contact history. Also Read - 'Coronavirus Could Put You in Hospital or Even Kill You', WHO's Message For Young People

“No suspected Covid-19 patient should be turned away from any hospital and the admission of any such patient should be notified to NCDC (National Cooperative Development Corporation) or IDSP (Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme) immediately,” the health ministry said in its advisory. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Don't Leave City Now as It Poses Threat to Where You Are Going, Tweets PM Modi



“Similarly, all pneumonia patients must also be notified to NCDC or IDSP so that they can be tested for COVID 19.” Also Read - Coronavirus: France-returned Telangana Man Skips Home Quarantine to Wed, Event Attended by Over 1,000 People

Further, all hospitals have been asked to set aside some beds and create isolation facilities for future requirements.



“Hospitals must procure sufficient numbers of ventilators and high-flow oxygen masks in preparation for future requirements. All hospitals must ensure that they have adequate trained manpower and resource pools for ventilator/ICU (intensive care unit) care,” the ministry said.

Notably, the total cases of Coronavirus infections in India have reached 250. Four Indians have died battling the disease, so far.

Maharashtra has remained the worst hit state with total 52 cases and one casualty. After Maharashtra, Kerala has highest number of confirmed cases with 28 infections.

Meanwhile, ICMR ((Indian Council of Medical Research) has issued guidelines on quarantines. “All asymptomatic people who have undertaken international travel and all contacts of laboratory confirmed positive cases should stay in home quarantine for 14 days”, it said in an advisory.