The confirmed novel coronavirus cases had increased worldwide. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court (SC) directed the Centre to conduct free COVID-19 tests at private laboratories. The Supreme Court said to discuss reimbursement of expenses to such labs at a later stage.
Last month, the government fixed the cost at INR 4,500 for the private labs to test COVID-19 cases. Government labs are already conducting free COVID-19 tests.
Till now, 65 private labs and 139 government labs had received approval for testing coronavirus by the Indian Council of Medical research.
Today, PM Narendra Modi had a video conferencing with all parliamentarians of major political parties. He suggested that nationwide lockdown might have to extend after April 14 to fight the pandemic. Further, he added – the opinion of the chief minister from all states will also be considered.
In India, the number of positive coronavirus patients raised to 5,270 on Wednesday. The government had set up special teams in some states to monitor the situation in 20 coronavirus hot-spots in Delhi. The state fears more cases could emerge in the coming days.