As the number of coronavirus cases is increasing every day, many states have mandated a negative RT-PCR diagnostic test report for travelers from Delhi-NCR and some of the other states with a growing number of COVID-19 cases.
Basically, a diagnostic test is conducted to determine whether a person has an active COVID-19 infection. There are two types of diagnostic tests: Antigen tests and Molecular tests (RT-PCR tests). Antigen testing detects specific proteins on the surface of the virus, while molecular testing detects the genetic material of the virus.
The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, has slashed the price of the gold standard RT-PCR tests for detecting coronavirus infection in the city- by two-thirds to 800 rupees.
After India’s top medical research body ICMR stated in May that it would no longer regulate prices, many states including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu have capped the cost of RT-PCR testing. Now each state would have to be done the testing individually.
The cost of the RT-PCR tests has been reviewed by the Supreme Court, which is hearing a plea and seeking instructions to cap the COVID-19 test cost at ₹400 across the nation.
I have directed that the rates of RT PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. Whereas tests are being conducted free of cost in govt establishments, however this will help those who get their tests done in pvt labs.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 30, 2020
Although these tests are conducted for free in government hospitals, they may cost up to 2,400 rupees in private laboratories.
The chief of the Aam Aadmi Party released the information on Twitter on Monday, after being pulled by the High Court, the Supreme Court on the state of epidemic /containment in the capital and the center’s intervention amid the third wave of COVID-19 disease, which seems to be waning.
According to the sources, the center has been convened an all-party meeting of floor leaders in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on December 4th to discuss the coronavirus situation. They said that the meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Earlier in the day, PM Narendra Modi held virtual meetings with three teams that are working on developing and producing coronavirus vaccines. The teams are Biological E Ltd, Hyderabad, Pune-based Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd, and Dr. Reddys Laboratories Ltd, Hyderabad.
Prime Minister Modi held a meeting with chief ministers of various states over the coronavirus pandemic situation on November 24.
According to the Union Health Ministry’s data updated on Monday, the number of coronavirus cases reported in India within 24 hours plunged below 40,000 for the seventh time this month, bringing the total number of infections to 94.32 lakh, while the number of recovered cases surged to 88,47,609.
The data updated at 8 am revealed that the total number of coronavirus cases reached 94,31,692, with 38,773 new infections, and the death toll climbed to 1,37,140 after 444 more fatalities were reported.