Andhra caps COVID check worth as numbers cross a lakh

Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, July 27 

Andhra Pradesh Government on Monday stepped in to stop personal labs and hospitals from charging exorbitant charges by capping the worth of Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 in each authorities and personal laboratories to Rs 750 per check. Further to verify the rising circumstances touching nearly a lakh, the state has additionally introduced necessary RT-PCR check for many who check unfavorable for COVID-19 antigen check.

Health, Medical, and Family Welfare Department issued an order on Monday saying the hospitals and the labs the place the exams are carried out should have permission from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). It would now be necessary for the hospital or laboratory to be affiliated with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).

According to the newest information launched by the state authorities, the variety of COVID-19 optimistic circumstances has crossed the one lakh mark with a whopping rise of 6,051 circumstances up to now 24 hours. The restoration up to now 24 hours stands at 3,257 with 49 deaths. The complete variety of deaths stands at 1,090 within the state.

The Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani) stated that out of the 51,701 lively circumstances recorded within the state, over 15,000 had been in-home quarantine and about 14,000 had been admitted to COVID-19 hospitals and about 16,000 had been in COVID-19 care centres. The minister additionally said that his authorities is spending Rs 5 crore per day on testing and a complete of Rs 350 crore per 30 days on COVID-19 administration.

The worth of Rs 750 check will embody the price of the speedy equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and manpower. The Andhra Pradesh authorities has set a worth cap of Rs 2,800 per pattern for RT-PCR testing. All establishments that intend to do speedy antigen exams ought to essentially must tie up with ICMR accredited Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL), the federal government order reads.

Through this Government Order (GO), the Andhra Government additionally intends to offer login credentials to major, group, space, and district well being care services throughout the state and likewise to the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) labs.


Besides, the state authorities had additionally determined to challenge login credentials to as many hospitals as attainable, to hurry up importing of COVID-19 check outcomes to the ICMR portal to maintain the info present.

Neighbouring Telangana that has been questioned for decrease testing has reported 1473 new circumstances up to now 24 hours with eight extra deaths from COVID-19. The complete variety of COVID-19 circumstances reported in Telangana up to now stands at 55,532 out of which 12,955 are lively circumstances. The complete variety of deaths in Telangana up to now is 471.


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