Shillong: Taking precautionary measures for the second wave of COVID-19, Meghalaya health department has decided to reduce the prices of COVID-19 test.

Tests like RT-PCR and CBNAAT, which costed Rs 1,000 earlier, have been brought down to Rs 500. RAT test, which costed Rs 500 earlier, will now cost Rs 250.

Health Minister AL Hek on Monday said extra precautionary measures are being taken and the state is prepared to fight the second wave.

“The situation doesn’t require the need to implement lockdown. No such decision has been taken. We will continue to follow the same COVID-19 protocols. We keep reminding the public not to be complacent and to follow the SOPs,” Hek said.

At present, Meghalaya has a total of 29 active COVID-19 cases. A total of 69,585 people have been vaccinated in the state so far. 

According to Director of Health Services (DHS) Dr Aman Warr, a total of 21,057 healthcare workers have been vaccinated with the first dose till date, while 13,020 health workers have received the second dose. A total 30,388 frontline workers have been vaccinated with the first dose and 9,580 others have completed the second dose. A total of 18,140 citizens have been vaccinated till date.



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