Private labs in Kolkata to slash cost of COVID-19 tests: Here is how much you will have to pay – Times Now

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Private labs in Kolkata to slash cost of COVID-19 tests: Here is how much you will have to pay.&  | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspAP

Key Highlights

  • Some private labs in Kolkata are all set to reduce the cost of COVID-19 tests in the city
  • The private labs were so far charging Rs 4,500 per test
  • West Bengal has so far recorded more than 7,000 positive cases of novel coronavirus

As countries across the world are looking to ease restrictions after two months of lockdown, the situation in India continues to worsen with every passing day. India has so far recorded over 2.5 lakh positive cases of the novel coronavirus and the numbers are on the rise. In West Bengal, more than 7,500 cases have been reported so far with the death toll nearing the 400-mark.

In a huge relief to the citizens of the state, private labs across Kolkata are all set to slash the cost of COVID-19 tests. The labs are also planning to increase their testing strength in the coming days to ensure more people can be tested and treated. Private labs in Kolkata were so far charging Rs 4,500 for each COVID-19 test.

However, the amount is all set to be reduced to Rs 2,800 per test starting from Monday. Any person can visit the private labs with a prescription and get tested for COVID-19. Rs 4,500 was a rate capped by the central government but with the availability of low-cost kits, the price is all set to be reduced by Rs 1,700.

“We have decided to charge Rs 2,800 for samples tested on OPD basis. People can visit our facilities on Elgin Road and in New Town and get their samples tested. This will come into effect from Monday,” Somnath Chatterjee, managing director at Suraksha Diagnostics was quoted as saying by Times of India.

In West Bengal, there are 32 state-managed facilities and 11 private labs which are conducting COVID-19 tests, as per a report in TOI. Out of the 11 private labs in the state, seven are conducting COVID-19 tests by RT-PCR method while others are using CBNAAT or TRUENAT. Among other private labs, Dr Lal Pathlabs which is one of the most notable names in the industry is also set to slash rates.