maharashta: Pune: ICMR taps institutes to study Covid-19 test data | Pune News

PUNE: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has reached out to various research institutes, requesting them to analyse the current testing data to help improve the public health measures and add value to the national Covid-19 test datasets to plan for policy interventions.
The study assumes significance because the testing data formed the base for identifying hotspots, and deciding on lockdowns and relaxations in states, a senior Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) scientist said.
“The aim is to get details like district, age, time, comorbidity and impact on disease management,” he said.
Senior scientist and coordinator of the online processing system at ICMR Lokesh Sharma told TOI that the data mined would help in handling a pandemic in future. He said the ICMR invited proposals on analysis of Covid-19 testing data with the primary objective of improving public health, ideas of mining and adding values to national Covid-19 test datasets.

The study assumes significance because the testing data formed the base for identifying hotspots

Currently, the testing data is being fed to the database through a web and an application programming interface and being shared with different states and agencies..
“According to the ICMR research funding rule, the project review committee would review the proposals and then the study will commence. The duration of the study would vary from project to project. The maximum duration for any study will be three years. The testing data would include RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests (RATs). The sites would be finalised after the project review,” the official said.

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