Coronavirus: Testing rates in Delhi capped at Rs 2,400

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.

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…

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