New Delhi: Amid a sudden spurt in COVID-19 cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed officials to reduce the cost of the more reliable RT-PCR tests. “I have directed that the rates of RT-PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. Whereas tests are being conducted free of cost in government establishments, however, this will help those who get their tests done in private labs,” Chief  Kejriwal said on Monday. At present, people have to pay Rs 2,400 for the reliable RT-PCR test for novel corovirus at private labs. Also Read - Cold Day in Capital: Delhi Records Lowest Maximum Temperature This Month at 15 Degrees Celsius

Responding to CM’s tweet, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain assured that fresh orders will be issued immediately. “Sir. We will issue orders immediately”, he wrote.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases reported in India in a span of 24 hours dropped below 40,000 for the seventh time this month, taking the infection tally to 94.31 lakh, while the recoveries surged to 88,47,600. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 94,31,691 with 38,772 new infections, while the death toll climbed to 1,37,139 after 443 more fatalities were reported.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 88,47,600, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.81 per cent. The COVID-19 case fatality rate declined further to 1.45 per cent.

According to the ICMR, 14,03,79,976 samples have been tested up to November 29 with 8,76,173 samples being tested on Sunday.