Maharashtra, the state with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India, joined Tamil Nadu to cap the rates private labs can charge for swab tests. The state capped the price of the Reverse Transcription–Polymerase Chain Reaction test, the gold standard for screening against the novel coronavirus, at about Rs 2,200, according to an ANI report.
The Indian Council of Medical Research had earlier capped the price of an RT-PCR test at Rs 4,500. But it has now withdrawn the all-India cap, giving states the freedom to negotiate with the approved laboratories. Last week, Tamil Nadu capped the price of the swab test at Rs 3,000, with an additional Rs 500 for a home visit.