New Delhi: Amid complaints and speculations that not enough cases are getting tested in India, which for the past two days witnessed a sharp hike in the number of the positive cases, joint secretary of the health ministry Lav Agarwal said that it should not become a fashionable thing or a confidence-building measure. “It is very important to understand that testing should be done as per the protocol defined for testing,” the official said during his daily brief on coronavirus updates in the country. Also Read - Kanika Kapoor Party Fiasco: Vasundhara Raje, Son Dushyant Singh Test Negative For Coronavirus

Explaining, the official said that the symptoms are similar to many other respiratory diseases. “There is a prescribed way of how to go about it. Only a doctor can prescribe for coronavirus test after examination,” he said. About 111 laboratories across the country will become functional from Saturday, he added. As on Saturday, 1,600 Indians and people from other countries were kept in quarantine centres in India. About 262 people from Rome, mostly students, will come and they will be kept in quarantine centres. Also Read - Trending News Today March 21, 2020: Masked Goats And Puppy Prancing Around on THIS Coronavirus Special Hindi Song is Funniest Thing on TikTok Today!

On the question of whether the pattern of the spread of the coronavirus in Maharashtra falls under community transmission, he said contact tracing is going on to ascertain whether the new cases did not come into contact of any carrier. Also Read - Coronavirus: 40% of Odisha, Including Capital Bhubaneswar, to be on Week-Long Shutdown From March 22