The state authorities slashed the value of the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Response (RT-PCR), thought-about the gold commonplace take a look at to detect Covid-19, to ₹299 within the state, as per an order issued by the state well being division on July 15. The order was launched by the district well being division on Tuesday.
It’s for a seventh time that the well being division has revised the testing value, fixing separate charges for samples given instantly on the lab and people collected from properties.
Testing of samples at personal hospitals or accredited diagnostic labs licensed for Covid-19 testing will value ₹299, whereas for residence assortment, the value has been capped at ₹499. Till now, one needed to pay ₹499 to get examined in a non-public facility and ₹699 for residence assortment, as per the charges fastened within the first week of January 18.
Dr Virender Yadav, the chief medical officer for Gurugram, stated, “All personal labs have been directed to cost the brand new testing charges. Motion shall be taken in opposition to if there may be any criticism associated to overcharging by labs.”
The prices of different assessments to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus within the physique, similar to antigen take a look at ( ₹350) antibody take a look at ( ₹250), TrueNat ( ₹1,250) and CBNAAT ( ₹2,400) proceed to stay the identical.
The RT-PCR testing cost was first slashed on June 16, 2020, from ₹4500, which was the higher restrict fastened by the Indian Council of Medical Analysis in March 2020, to ₹2,400. In 2020, the take a look at value was diminished to ₹1,600 on August 29, to ₹1,200 on October 2 and ₹900 on October 29.
On Tuesday, as per the district well being bulletin, over 2,720 RT-PCR assessments and 791 speedy antigen assessments have been administered. Even because the take a look at positivity charge, the proportion of positives out of the pattern examined, is almost 0.1%, the well being division is conducting round 3,000 assessments a day.
In accordance with the well being bulletin, seven new Covid-19 instances have been reported on Tuesday. The energetic case rely stands at 70, whereas the full tally is 180,810. No Covid-19 demise has been reported within the final 11 days, with the toll at 919 within the district.
First dose inoculation suspended
The well being division suspended the administration of first dose vaccines on Wednesday because of a vaccine scarcity. Solely the second dose shall be administered at 42 authorities vaccination centres.
At the very least 200 doses of Covaxin shall be given at 4 well being centres in Tigra, Chauma, Badshahpur and Manesar, and 250 doses at Candour tech area in Sector 48. At the very least 100 doses of Covishield, every, shall be obtainable on the remaining websites. Additionally, 100 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine shall be given on the Sector 31 polyclinic.
On Tuesday, about 15,085 vaccine doses have been administered, of which 8,523 have been at authorities well being centres and 6,562 at personal hospitals.