The Maharashtra Health Minister, Rajesh Tope says that prices of face masks and hand sanitizers in the state has to and will be capped as mask and hand-sanitizers are a part of the necessity of the new normal due to current coronavirus quandary. The Law and Judiciary department is also set to examine the matter.
Rajesh Tope in his statement states, “We have received complaints of people selling these items at an inflated price. We have decided to cap their price as we did for hospital charges and ambulance services. A notification will be issued in eight-day.”
Recently the Maharashtra government has deduced the Covid-19 tests cost by the private laboratories and also after, the public health department issued a notification letter for conducting antigen and antibody tests. Tope says, “The government has authorised district collectors and municipal commissioners to conduct antigen tests and the price of the kit has been fixed at Rs 450. The antibody test kit will be priced at Rs 750. They can conduct such tests in containment zones, as antigen test results are possible in half-an-hour. If the test is positive, doctors can immediately begin treating Covid-19 positive patients’’.
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