Supreme Court modifies earlier order, says free COVID-19 testing only for poor

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The Supreme Court on Monday modified its 8 April order and said that the free COVID-19 testing would only be for poor, those covered under Prime Minister’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme and EWS categories.

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The top court on 8 April had said that all COVID-19 tests both in approved government and private laboratories will be conducted free of cost. This top court passed the interim order while hearing a plea filed by one Shashank Deo Sudhi, who had contested the central government’s decision to cap the cost of the test in private labs at Rs 4,500.

Coronavirus pandemic has already claimed more than 300 lives in India with more 9,000 active cases being reported from around the country.

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