The Bihar authorities on Tuesday revised the utmost cap on actual time polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) exams, a confirmatory take a look at for coronavirus illness (Covid-19), by personal laboratories at Rs 800 per take a look at within the state.
It additionally introduced down the speed of fast antigen detection exams to Rs 250. Each, RT-PCR and fast antigen exams are used to detect Covid-19 although specialists say that the latter has a likelihood of giving as much as 40% false unfavourable consequence.
It continued to permit a further cost of Rs 300 for residence assortment.
Individuals used to pay Rs 1,500 for RT-PCR and Rs 400 for fast antigen exams earlier. These exams are completed freed from value at authorities services.
Bihar has 74 testing centres for Covid-19 of which round 80% laboratories are beneath authorities sector.
“That is the third value revision for RT-PCR exams. We started with Rs four,500 per take a look at and regularly decreased it to Rs 2,500, Rs 1,500 and now Rs 800,” mentioned Dr Naveen Chandra Prasad, director-in-chief illness management, well being providers, Bihar.
The take a look at charges had been revised following a downward revision in different states, the order mentioned. Delhi and Gujarat are amongst some states which have decreased costs of RT- PCR take a look at.
Round 84% of the 1,47,94,415 samples examined in Bihar thus far until Tuesday have been via fast antigen whereas RT-PCR accounts for 12%, TrueNAT three.5% and CBNAT zero.1%, mentioned authorities officers requesting anonymity.
Until Tuesday, Bihar reported 2,36,098 Covid-19 instances and 1,268 deaths because the first fatality to the pandemic within the state on March 21. It had 5,464 lively instances, with 97.15% restoration and zero.5% mortality charges. The mattress occupancy in devoted Covid hospitals, devoted healthcare care centres and Covid care centres was round 1.04% out of the 38,710 beds obtainable within the state.
The state’s case positivity fee was 1.6% whilst Patna reported 18% positivity fee final week, the very best amongst 38 districts.