Free COVID-19 tests directed by Supreme Court

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.

  • A bench of Justices, Ashok Bhushan, and S Ravindra Bhat asked the Centre to ensure that the testing for COVID-19 suspected cases is free for all.
  • The SC has also given the Centre two weeks to file a response.
  • Supreme Court mentions that the private laboratories need to follow the order and conduct free COVID-19 tests.

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.

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