© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker collects a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test swab sample from a man, amidst the spread of the disease, at a railway station in New Delhi, India, January 11, 2022. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
By Krishna N. Das
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has eased its COVID-19 rules on testing, quarantine and hospital admissions in a bid to free up resources for its neediest people, a strategy hailed by experts even though it carries the risk of a heavy undercount of infections and deaths.
The moves will offer a breathing space for healthcare facilities, often overstretched in a far-flung nation of 1.4 billion, as they battle a 33-fold surge in infections over the past month from the highly contagious Omicron variant.
This week, federal authorities told states to drop mandatory testing…