Delhi govt reduces Covid-19 RT-PCR test price to Rs 800

at 6:50 pm

New Delhi (NVI): Delhi government today announced a price cut of COVID-19 RT-PCR test in the national capital to Rs 800 from Rs 2,400.

As per the latest order issued by the state health department, RT-PCR tests from all private laboratories in Delhi will cost Rs 800, whereas home collection of samples will cost Rs 1,200.

Until Sunday, the cost of an RT-PCR test was capped at Rs 2,400 irrespective of whether a person visits the laboratory or testing centre or gets the test done at home.

All labs and hospitals have also been asked to display the revised rates at a prominent place within 24 hours.

However, these tests are being conducted free of cost in government hospitals.

The order came after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted earlier in the day, “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.”

So far, Delhi has recorded more than 5.66 lakh COVID-19 cases with 5,22,491 recoveries. The death toll in the national capital stood at 9,066, as per the Health Ministry data.

-CHK