The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday announced that the rate for conducting coronavirus tests in Delhi has been fixed at Rs 2,400 per test. In a tweet, the ministry said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare received the report of a high-level expert committee on coronavirus testing rates, and forwarded it to the Delhi government.
As per the directives of HM @AmitShah in providing relief to the common man. High level expert committee's report on #COVID19 testing rates received by @MoHFW_INDIA has been further sent to Delhi Govt for necessary action. It has been decided to fix the test rate at Rs 2,400.
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) June 17, 2020
The home ministry said that the decision to cap testing rates was taken as per the directives of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. It said that from Thursday, tests will be carried out using the new rapid antigen methodology approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research. The test kits will be given to Delhi with priority. The ministry announced that 169 rapid testing centres have been set up across the national Capital.
ICMR had earlier set the testing rates for private laboratories, as test kits were being imported. However, they can now be lowered…