New Delhi: As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India reached over 100, the Health Ministry on Sunday made the first and second confirmatory tests for COVID-19 free for all citizens. The announcement was made by Sanjeeva Kumar, Special Secretary, Ministry of Health. Also Read - World Health Day 2020: Famous Quotes to Read And Share With Your Loved Ones

Kumar also asserted that country has enough capacity as only 10 percent of it has been utilised per day till now. Also Read - Yorkshire County Cricket Club Places Players And Coaches on Furlough



“Both first and second confirmatory tests for COVID-19 are free for all citizens. The country has enough capacity as only 10 percent of the capacity has been utilized per day so far”, news agency ANI quoted Kumar as saying. Also Read - Entertainment News Today, April 7: Aliens Actor Jay Benedict Passes Away Due to Coronavirus Complications

Earlier the Health Ministry had advised people to call on govt helpline number- 011-2397 8046 if they have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever or difficulty in breathing) or have traveled to coronavirus-hit countries such as Italy and China.



“The helpline service will note down your contact details and contact you with the testing protocols of COVID-19. If you qualify as a case for testing as per the protocol, you will be tested at a Government approved lab only,” the health ministry advisory adds.

Meanwhile, Sanjeeva Kumar, the Health Ministry official, also confirmed that Maharashtra’s Buldhana patient, who died yesterday has tested negative for COVIDー19. Notably, the man was in private hospital.