The Maharashtra government has brought down the rate for COVID-19 tests conducted at private laboratories by Rs 200, state health minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday.
Tope, in a statement, said the new rates will be Rs 900, Rs 1,400 and Rs 1,800 per test, adding it was the fourth time rates had been revised from the original Rs 4,500.
"While Rs 900 will be the cost that can be levied by pathological laboratories, charges for tests conducted through laboratories at COVID-19 centres, hospitals and quarantine centres will be Rs 1,400. A rate of Rs 1,800 has been allowed for testing samples collected from homes," the statement quoted Tope as saying.
He added that the state was carrying out 70,000 tests per one million people now and efforts were on to raise it further.