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Delhi Govt Caps RT-PCR Test Rate Rs 800,Down From Rs 2,400
Though these tests are being conducted free of cost in Delhi's government hospitals, they can cost up to ₹ 2,400 in private laboratories.
Delhi Govt Caps RT-PCR Test Rate Rs 800, Down From Rs 2,400
New Delhi: Delhi government after orders of reducing COVID-19 RT-PCR test rates in the national capital amid the surge in coronavirus cases capped the test rates at ₹800 from the existing rate of ₹2,400 in the private hospitals.
The Delhi government has also added that the COVID samples collected at labs, hospitals, and collection facilities will not cost ₹800, including all the charges-sample collection and testing costs at the site.
Also, it mentioned that samples collected through home visits, including all-charges collections, sample collection, and testing costs, will be capped at ₹1,200.
"All private labs, hospitals shall display the revised rates at prominent places within 24 hours," stated the order. It also conveyed that the order comes into effect immediately and should be followed strictly.
I have directed that the rates of RT PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. Whereas tests are being conducted free of cost in govt establishments, however this will help those who get their tests done in pvt labs.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 30, 2020
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal earlier had said that he has issued a directive to reduce the price of the RT-PCR test in Delhi, saying it will help those going to private labs for coronavirus test.
Currently, poeple have to speed 2,400 for the RT-PCR test at private labs.
"I have directed that the rates of RT PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. Whereas tests are being conducted free of cost in govt establishments, however, this will help those who get their tests done in pvt labs," Kejriwal tweeted.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain in reply to the chief minister's tweet said orders will be issued immediatley.
RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test are two types of tests done to detect novel coronavirus. In the government testing centres and hospitals, but not in private clinics or hospitals.
In the last 24 hours, Delhi has reported 1,487 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of coronavirus cases to 35,091 on Monday,as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare