Jharkhand government decreased the RT-PCR testing rates from Rs 400 to Rs 300 and Rapid Antigen testing rates from Rs 150 to Rs 50 on Thursday, as per a government order.
An additional charge of Rs 100 will have to be given for a home visit to collect the samples.
The decision was taken after seeing a drop in prices of the kits and prices of testing witnessed in other states of the country. The order will be applicable with immediate effect.
Jharkhand’s Covid-19 tally climbed to 4,12,939 as 2,617 more people tested positive for the virus, while 12 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 5,225, a health bulletin said on Thursday.
Ranchi district registered the highest number of new cases at 809, followed by 525 in Jamshedpur, it said.
The single-day deaths include five fresh fatalities in Jamshedpur and two in Ranchi.
The state now has 27,422 active cases, while 3,80,292 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 3,769 in the last 24 hours.
Jharkhand tested over 65,047 samples for Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 191,70,930, the bulletin added.