Maharashtra Govt Slashes Covid Test Rates; Now, RT-PCR to Cost Rs 500, Rapid Antigen Rs 150

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The Maharashtra authorities connected Wednesday capped the prices of Covid-19 tests successful the authorities amid rising cases, and the Health Ministry’s caller proposal of expanding investigating successful areas experiencing precocious infections.

While RT-PCR tests cannot outgo an upwards of Rs 500 astatine postulation centres anymore, astatine Covid centres, quarantine and isolation centres, the bounds has been acceptable to Rs 600, and Rs 800 if the trial is being conducted from one’s residence, ANI reported. Rapid antigen tests volition present outgo lone Rs 150.

Maharashtra connected Wednesday reported an astir 40,000-case surge successful 24 hours. A full of 39,544 caller Covid-19 cases, 23,600 discharges and 227 deaths were registered successful the state. This is the state’s second-highest single-day emergence successful corruption tally since the pandemic began, a wellness authoritative said. With this, the state’s cumulative caseload mounted to 28,12,980.

Lockdown oregon Not?

Meanwhile, sources told CNN-News18 that the authorities authorities whitethorn contented a caller acceptable of ‘stricter’ Covid Standard of Proceedures (SOPs) to power infections by April 1 oregon 2. They added that the authorities whitethorn not spot a full lockdown, but district-wise stringent restrictions and containment zones.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked officials to hole the caller SOPs. While Thackeray had directed the administrative machinery to hole for a implicit lockdown, determination has been a terrible pushback from some the MVA allies – NCP and Congress. According to them, a implicit lockdown would effect successful economical harm.

Centre’s Warning and Suggested Methods

The Health Ministry successful a briefing connected Tuesday had said that tracing 25 to 30 contacts of each Covid-19 patient, due isolation and creating larger containment zones were among steps to beryllium taken to efficaciously tackle the surge.

The Niti Aayog connected Tuesday had besides suggested a five-pronged strategy including investigating and interaction tracing, for it to beryllium capable to incorporate the cases. “Maharashtra needs to combat better,” Dr VK Paul had said. He suggested testing, containment, declaration tracing, covid due behaviour and vaccination arsenic a five-pronged attack to combat the rising coronavirus cases.

As per information provided by the Niti Aayog, Maharashtra was among the states of “concern” with a 23.44 per cent positivity rate. The information provided by Niti Aayog besides showed that determination are 10 districts crossed the state that person the highest fig of Covid-19 cases and 8 of them — Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nanded and Ahmednagar — are successful Maharashtra.

Covid Numbers

Just 3 days backmost – connected March 28 – the authorities had recorded 40,414 caller cases, the biggest surge successful cases successful a time truthful far. On March 22, the authorities had crossed the 25 lakh lawsuit mark, portion it went past the 27 lakh-mark connected March 28.

On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported the deaths of 227 patients. This one-day fatality number is the highest for the authorities since October past year, which pushed the decease toll to 54,649. Out of these 227 deaths, 129 had occurred successful past 48 hours and 61 successful the past week. Rest 37 patients had died anterior to past week, helium said.

A full of 23,600 patients got discharge from hospitals during the day, which took the betterment number to 24 lakh. So far, 24,00,727 radical person recovered from the infection. The fig of the progressive cases successful the authorities is 3,56,243.

A full of 17,29,816 radical are successful location quarantine, portion 17,863 others are successful organization quarantine. State superior Mumbai reported 5,399 caller COVID-19 cases, which pushed its full to 4,14,773. It besides reported 15 deaths, owed to which its fatality number grew to 11,690.

Neighbouring Thane metropolis reported 1,039 caller cases, portion Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation added 913 caller cases, the authoritative said. Pune metropolis and neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad reported 4,520 and 2,214 caller cases respectively. Rest of the Pune territory reported 1,837 cases that indicated a surge successful its agrarian parts.

With this, determination are 2,77,218 COVID-19 cases successful areas located wrong the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, 1,35,674 successful Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) limits and 1,23,370 successful remaining Pune district, helium said. Nashik metropolis recorded 2,941 cases, which took its caseload to 1,17,009. Other parts of Nashik territory reported 1,451 cases, which accrued its full to 54,991.

Ahmednagar territory reported 1,180 cases, portion Jalgaon district’s caseload accrued by 947 cases. In the Marathwada region, Aurangabad metropolis reported 732 caller cases, portion 830 cases were recovered successful Nanded city.

Nagpur metropolis successful Vidarbha portion reported 31 deaths during the day, highest for the time successful the state. It took its decease toll to 2,963. As galore arsenic 1,67,078 coronavirus tests were carried retired connected Wednesday, which took the wide trial number to 1,97,92,143.

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