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Covid +ve can donate blood only after 28 days of discharge: Govt | India News

NEW DELHI: In an attempt to ensure safe functioning of blood transfusion services, the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) under the health ministry has issued the second set of national guidelines in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the fresh guidelines, blood can be collected from a person who tested positive and recovered from Covid-19 only after 28 days of discharge from a treating facility or 28 days after home isolation ends.
The NBTC had issued the first interim recommendations in March. To maintain safety, the NBTC urged blood banks to exclude donors who are in the risk category.
Very mild, mild, pre-symptomatic, moderate and severe Covid-19 cases must be deferred for 28 days from donating blood after discharge from a treating facility or 28 days after the end of home isolation, the guidelines said.
The definition of end of discontinuation of home isolation should be as per the home isolation guidelines issued by the health ministry, the guidelines said.

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