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Delhi government caps price of RT-PCR test by private laboratories at Rs 800

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Hours after Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said authorities will reduce the price of the Covid-19 test using reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), the Delhi government on Monday set the price of the test. test in private laboratories at 800 rupees. , people have to spend 2,400 rupees for RT-PCR test in private laboratories.

CM Kejriwal had announced the move in an attempt to help those who want their tests done in private labs, which are carried out for free in government hospitals. “I have ordered the RT-PCR test rates in Delhi to be reduced. Although testing is done for free in government facilities, this will help those who are tested in pvt labs, ”Kejriwal tweeted Monday.

Taking an aggressive contact tracing and testing approach, the Delhi government has carried out RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing to detect novel coronaviruses in the national capital. Both tests are done free of charge in hospitals and government testing centers, but not in private clinics or hospitals.

The government had previously capped the price of all Covid-19 tests, whether from a government or private center, in Delhi at 2,400 rupees. The decision was made at a District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, attended by Kejriwal, Senior Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia, Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot and other senior officials from the Delhi Police, Administration and India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Hindustan Times

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