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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

All COVID-19 tests to be free: SC

All COVID-19 tests to be free: SC

With COVID-19 cases showing no signs of abating in India, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said tests relating to novel coronavirus whether in approved government laboratories or approved private Laboratories "shall be free of cost”. The apex court also said that “the question as to whether the private laboratories carrying free of cost COVID-19 tests are entitled for any reimbursement of expenses incurred shall be considered later on”. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday, in a video conference with floor leaders, said it was unlikely that the nationwide lockdown would be lifted in “one go” after it ends on April 14. The number of COVID-19 cases surged to 5274 in India, including 149 deaths, the Health Ministry said in its latest briefing.