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Meghalaya – No free corona-virus test from October 16 onwards.

The Meghalaya state government has decided to take back free corona-virus testing facility in the state.

The Meghalaya state government has decided to take back free corona-virus testing facility. From October 16, on-wards people of Meghalaya will have to pay for testing corona-virus.

Mr.Prestone Tynsong the Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya said that from October 16, anyone who wants to go for Covid-19 tests will have to pay.

“It will be applicable for both permanent residents of Meghalaya and the people who will come into the state for business purposes,” Prestone Tynsong said.

The Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister further said from July of this year, the ICMR withdrew assistance or subsidy to procure testing kits and now all the states have to pay to procure the kits.

“There is no more assistance from the central government and the ICMR has already issued this order,” Tynsong said.

Rapid Antigen Test for Covid-19 will be mandatory for all persons including permanent residents who will enter the state from October 16 for an amount of Rs 500.

Rs 3,200 will be charged for Truenat, CBNAAT or RTPCR testing, but people under the BPL category people and those carrying certificates of having undergone Truenat, CBNAAT or RTPCR test within 72 hours will be exempted.

Meghalaya has so far registered 7,037 positive coronavirus cases and out of them, 2,371 cases are active, 4606 have recovered and 60 died.

In the last 24 hours, the state has reported 270 fresh Covid-19 cases.

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