Covid-19 testing rate fixed at INR 2,400 in Delhi:
The Ministry of Home Affairs announced a decision regarding the prices of COVID-testing in Delhi. Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s meeting with the Delhi government on Sunday, it was decided to double Covid-19 testing in Delhi.
The price of a COVID-19 test in Delhi has been fixed at INR 2,400, the Home Ministry said in a tweet explaining that the move was aimed at “providing relief to the common man”.
Earlier Delhi was following the INR 4,500 per test cap ordered by the ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research, the government’s nodal body in this health crisis).
The Home Ministry also said that time taken to deliver results of these tests – to be conducted via the Rapid Antigen methodology cleared by the ICMR – would be decreased.
The ministry said: “Following the directives of Home Minister Amit Shah to increase testing and quick delivery of results in Delhi, from 18 June, tests will be done via the new Rapid Antigen methodology approved by ICMR. Delhi would be given priority for these kits. 169 centers have been set up across Delhi,”.
Out of the total population of 2,30,466 in the national capital’s 242 containment zones, a survey of 1,77,692 people has been conducted between 15-16 June, and remaining will be covered by 20 June, MHA further said.
Also, for increasing the testing and have a quick delivery of results in Delhi, from Thursday tests will be done via the new Rapid Antigen methodology approved by ICMR.
Also, yesterday saw the biggest spike in coronavirus cases with 12,881 new cases in India. India has so far reported 3,66,946 coronavirus cases, of which 1,94,325 have recovered; the recovery rate is 52.95 percent. A total of 12,237 have died till now