New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday has asked the Centre to ensure free COVID-19 tests at some private labs, in which case the Cente will have to compensate for the expenses. “Don’t let private labs charge high amount. You can create an effective mechanism for reimbursement from the government for tests,” the apex court said. Solicitor General (SG), Tushar Mehta, representing the Union of India, told the SC that the government was doing its best in this front. “Doctors are corona warriors. They have to be protected too. He added that many of them are being housed in hotels,” he said. Also Read - Delhi Secretariat Department Sealed as Official Tests COVID-19 Positive

The centre had capped the maximum charge for each COVID-19 test by private laboratories to Rs 4,500. All private laboratories which have NABL accreditation for real-time PCR SA for RNA virus are now allowed to conduct COVID-19 tests, according to the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Also Read - Javelin Ace Neeraj Chopra Recommended For Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by AFI, PT Usha Nominated for Dronacharya

The National Task Force recommends that the maximum cost for testing should not exceed Rs 4,500. This may include Rs 1,500 as a screening test for suspect cases and an additional Rs 3,000 for confirmation test, the guidelines said. Also Read - How Kiran Kumar Beat COVID-19 at 67: Social Distancing is Necessary, Not Social Boycotting