Minister of State for Health Kishor Kanani said that those who wish to get an RT-PCR test for travel outside the state and even abroad will have to pay for the same. The minister said the test will cost approximately Rs1000 at government facilities.
The government’s move comes as, despite the rise in COVID-19 cases, many are choosing to travel. Sources said the government doesn’t see any reason why it should offer free RT-PCR testing to such people when they are willing to spend money on travel.
It should be noted that some states including Maharashtra have made the RT-PCR test mandatory for those travelling from Gujarat. It is also mandatory for those who wish to travel abroad.
The minister announced after a meeting at the civil hospital in Surat which was organized to take stock of the rising COVID-19 cases in the district. COVID-19 nodal officer for Surat Mahendra Patel was also present in the meeting.
The minister said the situation in Surat was under control and the city had 2,225 beds for COVID-19 as of now. He said only 83 COVID-19 patients are under treatment at Surat’s SMIMER and Civil Hospital.
He said more people were recovering from COVID-19 under home quarantine in the city.
Maharashtra’s announcement about test for travellers
The Uddhav Thackeray government has made it mandatory for those who are coming from Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Goa, and Gujarat to have a mandatory COVDI-19 negative report before entering the state.
The report needs to be not more than 72 hours old in case of flight passengers and not more than 96 hours in case of train passengers.
This applies to travellers travelling by train as well as flight.
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