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Testing labs set up in region amidst fear of rising COVID-19 cases

Manik Berry/ The Fact News

Out of the 79 Viral Research & Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDLs) set up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 7 of them are placed in Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab.

The VRDLs or National Labs identified for COVID-19 testing will remain open 7 days a week, according to the Department of Health Research circular issued on 20th March. A detailed state-wise list of identified labs is also a part of the circular.

COVID-19 infographic

The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to identify the Novel Coronavirus will be conducted in these VRDLs. The government has put a cap of Rs. 4,500 on the prices of these tests and urged the labs to conduct them for free.

When to get tested for COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Public Welfare has issued awareness material for the people to let them know when to get tested. If you do not show symptoms like cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing, you are not required to get tested.

Punjab and Chandigarh

Three VRDLs or COVID-19 testing centres have been set up in Punjab and Chandigarh. In Chandigarh, testing is being done at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). For the people of Tricity, this is the closest testing centre.

For Punjab, there are two testing centres. The Government Medical College in Patiala and the Government Medical College in Amritsar are the VRDLs for Punjab. Chandigarh has over 6 confirmed cases of Chandigarh.

Haryana

Haryana has set up two labs for testing possible COVID-19 patients. The Pt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak and BPS Government Medical College, Sonipat are dealing with the possible COVID-19 cases in Haryana now.

So far, confirmed cases have been reported from Faridabad, Sonipat, Panchkula, Panipat, and Gurugram areas in Haryana.

Himachal Pradesh

The Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, and the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Tanda are the two centres for Himachal Pradesh.

There are two cases of Coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh, both from Kangra district.