Bihar caps RT-PCR coronavirus test rate at Rs 800 from Rs 1,500

The Bihar government has capped the rate for the RT-PCR test at Rs 800, which was previously Rs 1500.

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The rate for RT-PCR coronavirus test in Bihar has been capped at Rs 800 from Rs 1,500 previously. The price for Covid antigen test has also been slashed to Rs 250 from Rs 500.

On Monday, the Delhi Government had also ordered to reduce the rate of RT-PCR tests to Rs 800 from the existing Rs 2,400. While the cost of collecting samples from home was reduced to Rs 1,200.

“As we know, RT-PCR tests are the gold standard for detecting COVID-19. This is a welcome move by the Delhi state government as the number of COVID-19 cases is rising incrementally here,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president, Thyrocare lab network.

Gujarat government also followed suit and reduced the price of RT-PCR tests conducted by private laboratories for Covid-19 to Rs 800 from Rs 1,500.

Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel told reporters here that since the prices of test kits have come down, the state government decided to pass on this benefit to people.

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