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Covid-19: Uttarakhand Slashes Rates of RT-PCR and Antigen Testing

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The Uttarakhand government cut the price of RT-PCR and antigen tests for Covid-19 on Thursday.

An order issued by the state health secretary, Amit Singh Negi, said the decision had been made to slow the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic in the state and would be implemented with immediate effect.

“After discussions with officials from the state department of health and family welfare, the price of Rs 679 for antigen testing for private laboratories accredited by NABH / NABL is being decided,” the order mentions.

Furthermore, it mentions that if samples for RT-PCR are collected by public or private hospitals and sent to private laboratories for analysis, the test would cost Rs850 (including GST) and if private laboratories collect samples on their own for analysis, then it would cost Rs900.

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The state government had previously set a price of Rs719 for private laboratories for antigen testing and Rs1,680 (maximum cost) for RT-PCR testing.

For RT-PCR tests, private laboratories should provide reports mentioning the value of CT and send samples to interested authorities when quality audits are requested.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said: “Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, the state has increased testing facilities at border checkpoints and the train station. It is to stop the spread of the virus and take the necessary measures for people who test positive in these places upon entering the state. ”

Uttarakhand has so far reported more than 72,000 cases and more than 66,000 patients have recovered successfully. Dehradun District has so far reported the highest of 20,583 cases, followed by Haridwar (11,914), US Nagar (10,182) and Nainital (8,372).

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