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Rajasthan slashes COVID-19 test rate for private labs

The Rajasthan government on Saturday fixed the rate for RT-PCR diagnostic test for COVID-19 infection conducted by private laboratories at ₹800, slashing it by ₹400. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the rate had been reduced from ₹1,200 following a drop in the prices of test kits.

Mr. Gehlot made the announcement while inaugurating a 70-bed COVID-19 ICU at the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences Hospital here. He said the increase in the number of positive cases was observed during the last few days because of higher number of tests, while the COVID-19 management had proved “very effective”.

The Chief Minister said the medical infrastructure had been strengthened throughout the State for ensuring prompt screening and treatment of the infected persons and the RT-PCR testing facility was now available in every district. He also dedicated new testing laboratories in six towns on the occasion.

Death rate 1%

“The death rate due to infection in Rajasthan is below 1%, which is one of the lowest in the country,” Mr. Gehlot said, adding that the recovery rate was also encouraging. He called upon the people not to hide the infection at any stage, because any delay in the treatment could make the disease fatal.

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