Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday capped the cost of RT-PCR testing for COVID-19 at Rs 950 in West Bengal’s private facilities, down from the existing Rs 1,500.
“The state now has 95 laboratories approved by the Centre for Covid-19 testing, of which 45 — state-run and private — conduct tests using RT-PCR,” a minister said, as quoted by Mint.
The cost of COVID-19 testing by the RT-PCR method fell from the initial Rs 4,000-plus to Rs 2,250 in June, Rs 1,500 in October and Rs 950 now, he said.
On Thursday, the state registered 44,130 tests, taking the total to 60.03 lakh, at 66,699 tests per million people.
Bengal reported 3,257 recoveries, 3,246 new infections and 49 deaths. The state has 24,106 active cases in all, having fallen by 13,084 since Dashami on October 26, a continuous dip since 38 days.
The Odisha Government had slashed the maximum price for the coronavirus tests by private laboratories to Rs 400 from Rs 1,200 across the state, making it the cheapest in the country.
The Yogi Adityanath-led government had also slashed the price of RT-PCR test to detect the coronavirus infection at ₹700 and ₹900 if done at home.