Odisha cuts price of COVID-19 test at pvt labs

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today reduced the maximum price for RT-PCR COVID-19 test conducted by private laboratories from Rs 2,200 to Rs 1,200.

The Health Department, in a notification, said the COVID-19 test can only be done by the ICMR-approved private laboratories.

The RT-PCR COVID-19 test will be carried out at Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar; IMS & SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar; In DNA Life Sciences Pvt Ltd in KIIT campus, Bhubaneswar and GenX Diagnostics.

The tests will be conducted by these private laboratories under the supervision of the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar following the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines regarding the testing protocols for reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests.

Till now, the COVID-19 positive tally is at 84,231 in the state. The death toll has also risen to 428.

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