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COVID-19 test can now be done without a doctor’s prescription in Gujarat


A doctor’s prescription is not needed for anyone wanting to undergo a voluntary RT-PCR test for COVID-19. The state health department announced that as per the new testing guidelines issued by the ICMR, a prescription is not needed for the COVID-19 test. 

Earlier those who wanted to carry out an RT-PCR test voluntarily at any of the designated private or government laboratories needed a prescription from the doctor for the test or it had to be mandated by the civic officials. Now this will no more be needed.

Reduced COVID-19 test prices

The Gujarat on December 1 announced revised rates for the RT-PCR test in the state. The decision was taken at the core group meeting held at the residence of chief minister Vijay Rupani to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in the state. The decision is to help more people get tested as the state records a rise in such cases.

Now an RT-PCR test in a private laboratory will cost Rs800 which was earlier Rs1500 per person. In case the laboratory comes to collect the test samples of those who want to get tested, the charges will be Rs1,100 per person per test which was earlier Rs2,000.

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It should be noted that in Delhi an RT-PCR test at a private laboratory has been capped at Rs1200 per test.

COVID-19 in Gujarat

Gujarat on Thursday recorded 1,540 new COVID-19 cases taking the total to 2,14,309. The state has carried out 69,735 tests in the last 24 hours. 1,427 patients were cured of COVID-19 in the state in the last 24 hours taking the recovery rate to 91.16%. 

The state has in all recorded 14,913 active cases of which 96 are on ventilator support. So far 1,935,365 patients have recovered from the disease in the state.


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