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Not enough evidence to suggest rise in TB cases due to Covid, clarifies health ministry

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Tuberculosis (TB) cases due to COVID-19, the Centre said on Saturday. The statement comes after media reports pointed out that a sudden rise in cases of Tuberculosis (TB) has been noticed among patients who were infected with COVID-19 recently.

However, the government has reiterated the need for bi-directional screening of TB-COVID and TB-ILI/SARI. Centre in a directive notified, it is clarified that TB screening for all COVID-19 positive patients and COVID-19 screening for all diagnosed TB patients has been recommended by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

States/UTs have been asked for convergence in efforts for better surveillance and case finding of TB and COVID-19, as early as August 2020, it adds.

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