35 private laboratories get ICMR's nod to conduct coronavirus tests1 min read . Updated: 27 Mar 2020, 09:10 AM IST
- ICMR has given the green signal to 35 private laboratories across the country to conduct coronavirus tests
- Till date, 694 confirmed coronavirus cases, 16 deaths have been reported in India
New Delhi: 35 private laboratories across the country have been given the green signal from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct COVID-19 tests.
Six laboratories from Delhi, four from Gujarat, three from Haryana, two from Karnataka, nine from Maharashtra, one from Odisha, four from Tamil Nadu, five from Telangana and one from West Bengal have got ICMR's nod.
Meanwhile, diagnostic services provider Dr Lal PathLabs has started conducting coronavirus tests. The pathology has started conducting tests for the deadly COVID-19. The suspected patient need to show doctor's prescription for the same. Right now, only home collection facility is available. The charge for the coronovirus test is ₹4,500 and the report will be available in 2 days.
Earlier, 12 private diagnostic chains across six states had got approval from the government to test coronavirus (COVID-19) samples, union ministry of health and family welfare had said on Monday.
Till date, 694 confirmed coronavirus cases, 16 deaths have been reported in India, according to the data given by the Union health ministry. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases so far at 124, including three foreign nationals, followed by Kerala, where the number of cases has climbed up to 118, including eight foreign nationals, according to the ministry data.