For the sixth time, the government has capped the price of COVID-19 tests in Maharashtra making it Rs 500 for giving the sample at the collection center.
The state government of Maharashtra has announced the price of COVID-19 tests in Maharashtra making it a sixth time for capping the price of the RT-PCR test.
According to the announcement made by the state Health Minister, Rajesh Tope, the price for RT-PCR will be Rs 500, Rs 600 and Rs 800.
It requires people to pay Rs 500 for giving samples at the collection centre. However, Rs 600 and Rs 800 will be charged for giving the sample at a COVID Care Centre, Quarantine centre and home respectively.
The price fixed for the antibodies test will be Rs 250, Rs 300, and Rs 400. For SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, the price will be Rs 350, Rs 450 and Rs 550 respectively.
In addition, the charges will be Rs 150, Rs 200 and Rs 300 for rapid antigen test in Maharashtra.
Why government capped the price of COVID-19 in Maharashtra
The government has brought down the prices for the tests owing to the ample amount of material that is available for the tests.
During the initial phase of the pandemic, the changes for an RT-PCR test was Rs 4,500.
Maharashtra has reported 28,12,980 Coronavirus cases as of March 31.
Presently, there are 17,29,816 people in-home quarantine and 17,863 are in institutional quarantine in the state.
Mask up, Maharashtra!