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SC orders: all Covid-19 tests to be free of cost

Apr 08, 2020 21:59 IST

With Covid-19 cases showing no signs of abating in India, the Supreme Court Wednesday said tests relating to novel coronavirus whether in approved government laboratories or approved private laboratories shall be free of cost. While coronavirus tests are already free at government hospitals, private labs cannot be allowed to charge up to Rs 4,500 for the test, the top court ruled in response to a Public Interest Litigation or PIL. Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Ravindra Bhat said in a hearing conducted via video conferencing that whether the private labs should be reimbursed by the government, will be decided later.

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