With the testing kit production cost falling after Maharashtra eased lockdown norms, the state government Monday further reduced the rates for RT-PCR COVID-19 tests conducted by private laboratories. According to the government’s decision, the charges for picking test samples from collection sites have been reduced to Rs 1,200 from Rs 1,900, which was fixed last month.
Earlier today, at least two MLAs and 37 government staffers who were to attend the Monsoon Session of the Maharashtra legislature from Monday have tested positive for Covid-19. Sources said that while around 2,200 people, including legislators and government officials, have been tested since Saturday, the reports of some are yet to come in.
On Sunday, the state recorded the highest single-day spike of 23,350 virus cases, taking the overall tally to 9,07,212, the health department said. The death count in the state reached 26,604 with 328 people succumbing to the infection, including 243 fatalities in the last 48 hours. A total of 7,826 patients were discharged in the day, raising the count of recoveries in the state to 6,44,400, the department said.
With unlock 4.0 coming into effect, for the first time this monsoon, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city on Sunday reached 100, or moderate category.