The West Bengal Government on Thursday (December 3) has slashed the maximum price of RT-PCR test to detect the novel coronavirus by private labs to ₹950, joining a list of other states in capping the COVID-19 test price so as to facilitate more testing amongst the public.

The decision in this regard was taken by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

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Apart from the above announcement, Banerjee has also promised to provide Tablet computers to more than 9.5 lakh higher secondary students studying in government and government-affiliated schools in the state.

Earlier, other states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Odisha and Delhi had reduced the price of RT-PCR test to be charged by the private labs.

Recently, states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi reduced the maximum price of RT-PCR tests. While Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Bihar brought it down to Rs 800, UP has fixed it at Rs 700.

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Till December 2, around 5.9 million Covid-19 tests have been conducted in West Bengal. On Wednesday 42,624 tests were conducted.

CM Mamata Banerjee urged the citizens not to lower their guard against Covid-19.