Coronavirus LIVE updates | Gujarat caps COVID-19 RT-PCR tests at Rs 800

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The Gujarat government on Tuesday capped the price of COVID-19 RT-PCR test at Rs 800, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel said.

“The government has reduced the price of RT-PCR to Rs 800. If the patient wants doctors to come home and do the test, then it will cost Rs 1,100, which will be implemented from today,” Patel informed. Till now, the state’s private labs have been charging Rs 1,500-2,000 for conducting RT-PCR test.

Earlier on Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal capped the prices of  COVID-19 RT- PCR test in Delhi at Rs 800, three times less than earlier prices.

Though these tests are being conducted free of cost in Delhi’s government hospitals, they can cost up to ₹ 2,400 in private laboratories.

Meanwhile, with 31,118 new COVID-19 infections, India’s total cases rose to 94,62,810, and toll mounted to 1,37,621 with 482 new deaths. Total active cases stand at 4,35,603. Total discharged cases at 88,89,585 with 41,985 new discharges in the last 24 hours.

Globally, the overall number of coronavirus cases has crossed the 63.93 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 1.47 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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