New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday issued guidelines for sample collection sites for conducting medical tests for coronavirus infection. Also Read - Nepal Airport Under Renovation Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

The decision was taken after several state governments suggested establishing sample collection sites in various parts of cities. This could speed up the process of testing and detection of COVID-19 patients in the country. Also Read - Bangladesh Govt Decides Not to Extend COVID-19 Shutdown



The ICMR readily approved the suggestion and said it had “no objection” over the same. Also Read - COVID-19 Cases Cross 1.6 Lakh-mark; Death Toll Above 4,600; Shah Speaks to CMs Over Lockdown Extension | Key Points

Earlier today, ICMR released a study where it said that social distancing was the most crucial step for quelling the spread of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in the country.



The study pointed out that a single coronavirus patient flouting lockdown rules and social distancing measures can potentially infect as many as 406 people within a span of 30 days, whereas, if proper preventive measures are followed by all citizens, then the transmission rate can be brought down to just 2.5 people per patient in the same duration.

On the other hand, with postive cases still on a constant rise, the central government may consider extending the lockdown beyond April 14 after receiving suggestions from several state governments.