Coronavirus: Who needs to get tested and where to get tested in India

The complete list of centres that are testing for COVID-19. And whether you need to be tested in the first place!

An Indian girl wearing a mask talks to a patient at the registration counter of a government hospital in Jammu, India, Monday, March 16, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

At the time of writing this, the total number of coronavirus patients in India has risen up to 114. With one new case each being reported in J&K, Odisha, Ladakh and Kerala, the COVID-19 virus has shown no signs of slowing down. Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that no stone was being left unturned to ensure people’s health, the panic is slowly but surely spreading. As malls in Mumbai shuttered, superstores such as DMart and Big Bazaar saw record sales as customers panicked to stock up.

However, as experts have pointed out, panic won’t get you anywhere and if you think you can simply walk into a coronavirus testing centre hoping to get a clean bill of health, you’ll be in for a surprise. Not everyone can walk in and get themselves tested. The Indian Council of Medical Research has set certain parameters because the number of labs is limited. So the first question you need to ask yourself is:

Do I need to be tested for coronavirus?

So far, COVID-19 has been reported in people who’ve travelled to affected countries or those who have been in close contact with infected individuals. So far there hasn’t been any community transition in India so not everyone has to get themselves tested. But if you do find yourself in the unhappy situation of having a travel history to affected countries or being in contact with affected people, the next question you will inevitably ask yourself is:

How do I get tested for coronavirus?

Know that the governments health protocol is quite clear: if you’ve been in close or direct physical contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 or if you’ve had a history of travel within the last 14 days to coronavirus-infected countries the first step you need to first home quarantine yourself for two weeks.

By this, it means you need to be at home – no stepping out or being in contact with other people even within your own house – for 14 days. If within this period of time you start showing symptoms of the disease, you will have to go through a laboratory test. If those tests turn out negative, you can go back to your pre-quarantined life. But, if your samples test positive you will have to be hospitalised.

Even though most of the states in India have sample collection labs, these are small in number. At these collection labs, they will take your nose swab and throat swab. These swabs will be sent up to the testing labs, which will then sent them over to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for the final tests. Which brings us to the final question:

Where are the COVID-19 testing centres and laboratories in India?

This is the complete, state-wise list of Coronavirus testing centres and laboratories in India:

Andhra Pradesh

  • Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati

  • Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

  • Government Medical College, Anantapur, AP

  • Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar

Assam

  • Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati

  • Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh

Bihar

  • Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

Chandigarh

  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh

Chhattisgarh

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Raipur

Delhi-NCR

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Delhi

  • National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi

Gujarat

  • BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad

  • MP Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar

Haryana

  • Pt BD Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana

  • BPS Govt Medical College, Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh

  • Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

  • Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Tanda, HP

Jammu and Kashmir

  • Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar

  • Government Medical College, Jammu

Jharkhand

  • MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur

Karnataka

  • Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore

  • National Institute of Virology Field Unit Bangalore

  • Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore

  • Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hassan, Karnataka

  • Shimoga Institute of Medical Sciences, Shivamogga, Karnataka

Kerala

  • National Institute of Virology Field Unit, Kerala

  • Government Medical College, Thriuvananthapuram, Kerala

  • Government Medical College, Kozhikhode, Kerala

Madhya Pradesh

  • All India Institute Medical Sciences, Bhopal

  • National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur

Meghalaya

  • NEIGRI of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, Meghalaya

Maharashtra

  • Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur

  • Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai

Manipur

JN Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital, Imphal (East), Manipur

Odisha

  • Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar

Puducherry

  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research

Punjab

  • Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab

  • Government Medical College, Amritsar

Rajasthan

  • Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Jaipur

  • Dr S.N Medical College, Jodhpur

  • Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan

  • SP Medical College, Bikaner, Rajasthan

Tamil Nadu

  • King’s Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research, Chennai

  • Government Medical College, Theni

Tripura

  • Government Medical College, Agartala

Telangana

  • Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad

Uttar Pradesh

  • King’s George Medical University, Lucknow

  • Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh

Uttarakhand

  • Government Medical College, Haldwani

West Bengal

  • National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata

  • Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital, Kolkata