The outbreak of the deadly Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 disease continues to intensify across the world as well as in India. The disease has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which has affected the lives of mankind. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is working round-the-clock to address various concerns of the people of India. The ICMR has approved Coronavirus Testing in India by including several private laboratories apart from public centres. It has issued the list of Government COVID-19 labs which people can check if they have contracted the Novel Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Testing In India: List of Govt. COVID-19 Labs - Acko

List of The Testing Centres For Coronavirus in India:

The ICMR, which is the apex body in the country for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research has listed Government-designated centres to conduct independent testing of the COVID-19. If you or anyone wants to test for COVID-19, then you can visit the below list of Coronavirus testing centres in India. The cost of the lab test is free and involves the various sampling of bodily fluids to ascertain whether you have contracted COVID-19. Below is the list of 156 Coronavirus testing labs and 3 collection centres approved by the ICMR:

StateMedical College Name or LaboratoryAddress (Click on the link to get Google Map Location)
Andhra PradeshSri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, TirupatiAlipiri Rd, Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 517507
Andhra PradeshRangaraya Medical College, KakinadaPithampuram, Road, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh 533001
Andhra PradeshSidhartha Medical College, VijaywadaNH 16 Service Rd, beside Dr NTR University of Health Sciences, Gunadala, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 520008
Andhra PradeshGovt. Medical College, AnanthpurRahamat Nagar, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh 515001
Andhra PradeshGuntur Medical College, GunturKanna Vari Thota, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh 522004
Andhra PradeshRajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, KadapaPuttampalli, Andhra Pradesh 516002
AssamGauhati Medical College, GuwahatiGuwahati Narakasur Hilltop, Bhangagarh, Guwahati, Assam 781032
AssamRegional Medical Research Center, DibrugarhICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh Bokul, Lahowal, Dibrugarh, Assam 786010
AssamJorhat Medical College, JorhatKushal Konwar Path, Barbheta, Jorhat, Assam 785001
AssamSilchar Medical College, SilcharGhungoor Road, beside Indian Post, Masimpur, Silchar, Assam 788014
AssamFakkhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College, BarpetaBarpeta-Hospital-Jania Rd, Joti Gaon, Assam 781301
BiharRajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, PatnaAgam Kuan, Sadikpur, Patna, Bihar 800007
BiharIndira Gandhi Institute Medical Sciences, PatnaAllahabad bank, Bailey Rd, Sheikhpura, Patna, Bihar 800014
BiharPatna Medical College, PatnaPatna Medical College, Ashok Rajpath, Patna University Campus, Patna, Bihar 80001
BiharDarbhanga Medical College, DarbhangaDMCH Rd, Allalpatti, Laheriasarai, Darbhanga, Bihar 846003
BiharSKMCH, MuzaffarpurShree Krishna medical college, Uma Nagar, Muzaffarpur, Bihar 842004
ChandigarhPost Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, ChandigarhMadhya Marg, Sector 12, Chandigarh, 160012
ChandigarhGovt. Medical College, ChandigarhChandi Path, Sector 32B, 32B, Sector 32, Chandigarh, 160047
ChhattisgarhAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, RaipurGreat Eastern Rd, AIIMS Campus, Tatibandh, Raipur, Chhattisgarh 492099
ChandigarhLate Baliram Kashyap M Govt. Medical College, JagdalpurDimrapal, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh 494001
DelhiAll India Institute Medical SciencesSri Aurobindo Marg, Ansari Nagar, Ansari Nagar East, New Delhi, Delhi 110029
DelhiLady Hardinge Medical CollegeLady Hardinge Medical College, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
DelhiNational Centre for Disease Control22, Sham Nath Marg, Civil Lines, New Delhi, Delhi 110054
DelhiRam Manohar Lohia HospitalBaba Kharak Singh Rd, near Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Type III, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
DelhiInstitute of Liver & Biliary SciencesD1 ILBS Road, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Delhi 110070
DelhiArmy Hospital Research & ReferralNear, Military Hospital Road, Subroto Park, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi, Delhi 110010
DelhiMaulana Azad Medical College2, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Maulana Azad Medical College Campus, Balmiki Basti, New Delhi, Delhi 110002
GujaratBJ Medical College, AhmedabadHaripura, Asarwa, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380016
GujaratMP Shah Govt Medical College, JamnagarPandit Nehru Marg, Indradeep Society, Jamnagar, Gujarat 361008
GujaratGovt. Medical College, Suratopp. Income Tax Department Office, Majura Gate, Surat, Gujarat 395001
GujaratGovt. Medical College, BhavnagarBus Stand, near State Road Transport Corporation, Panwadi, Bhavnagar, Gujarat 364001
GujaratGovt. Medical College, VadodaraVinoba Bhave Rd, Anandpura, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001
GujaratGovt. Medical College, RajkotSadar Civil Hospital Campus, Gujarat 360001
GujaratNHL Medical College, AhmedabadPritan Rai Cross Road, Ellise Bridge, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380006
GoaGoa Medical College, GoaN17, Bambolim, Goa 403202
HaryanaPt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Inst. Of Med. Sciences, Rohtak, HaryanaMedical Rd, Rohtak, Haryana 124001
HaryanaBPS Govt. Medical College, SonipatGanaur - Gohana Rd, Khanpur Kalan, Haryana 131305
Himachal Pradesh Indira Gandhi Medical College, ShimlaRidge Sanjauli Rd, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
Himachal Pradesh Dr. Rajendra Prasad Govt. Medical College, TandaTanda Hospital Rd, Pushp Vihar Colony, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh 176001
Jammu & KashmirGovt. Medical College, Jammumaheshpura, chowk, Bakshi Nagar, Jammu Cantonment, Jammu and Kashmir 180001
Jammu & KashmirCommand Hospital (NC) UdhampurRaghunathpura, Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir 182101
Jammu & KashmirSher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, SrinagarSKIMS Main Rd, Soura, Srinagar, 190011
Jammu & KashmirGovt. Medical College, SrinagarBemina, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190010
JharkhandMGM Medical College & Hospital, JamshedpurDimna Rd, Hill View Colony, Mango, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand 831020
JharkhandRajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, RanchiRims Cir, Indraprasth Colony, Bariatu, Ranchi, Jharkhand 834009
JharkhandPatliputra Medical College & Hospital, DhanbadB.C.C.L. Township, Koyla Nagar, Dhanbad, Jharkhand 826005
KarnatakaHassan Inst. Of Med. Sciences, HassanSri Chamarajendra Hospital Campus, Krishnaraja Pura, Hassan, Karnataka 573201
KarnatakaMysore Medical College & Research Institute, MysoreIrwin Road, next to Railway Staion, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001
KarnatakaShivamogga Institute of Medical Sciences, ShivamoggaSagar Rd, Mission Compound, Shivamogga, Karnataka 577201
KarnatakaCommand Hospital (Air Force), BengaluruCambridge Rd, Cambridge Layout, Jogupalya, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560007
KarnatakaBangalore Medical College & Research Institute, BengaluruFort, Krishna Rajendra Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002
KarnatakaNational Institute of Virology, Bangalore Field Unit, Bengaluru1st Block, Jayanagar 1st Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560011
KarnatakaGulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences, GulbargaVeeresh Nagar Cross, Sedam Rd, behind MRMC, Kuvempu Nagar, Gulbarga, Karnataka 585101
KarnatakaVijaynagar Institute of Medical Sciences, BellaryVijaya Nagar, Cantonment, Ballari, Karnataka 583104
KarnatakaNational Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences, BangaloreHosur Rd, near Bangalore Milk Dairy, Lakkasandra, Laljinagar, Wilson Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029
KarnatakaWenlock District Hospital, MangaloreHampankatta, Mangalore, Karnataka 575001
KarnatakaKarnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, HubliPB Rd, Vidya Nagar, Hubli, Karnataka 580022
KeralaNational Institute of Virology, Field Unit, AllapuzzhaNational Institute of Virology, Vandanam, Kerala 688005
KeralaGovt. Medical College, ThiruvanathapuramUlloor - Akkulam Rd, near SAT hospital Medical College Junction, Chalakkuzhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695011
KeralaGovt. Medical College, KozhikodeMedical College Junction, 17, Medical College Rd, near Police Station, Kozhikode, Kerala 673008
KeralaGovt. Medical College, ThrissurGovt. Medical College, M. G. Kavu, Kerala 680596
KeralaRajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, ThiruvanathapuramMelarannoor Road Behind Central Jail Poojapura, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695014
KeralaSree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences, ThiruvanathapuramJai Nagar W Rd, Chalakkuzhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695011
KeralaState Public Health Laboratory, TrivandrumRed Cross Road, near General Hospital Road, Rishimangalam, Pattoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695024
KeralaInter University, KottayamInter University, Kottayam, Thalappady, Kerala 686019
KeralaMalabar Cancer Center, ThalasseryKodiyeri, Muzhikkara - MCC Rd, Illathaazha, Thalassery, Kerala 670103
KeralaCentral University of Kerala, Periye, KasaragodTejaswini Hills, Periye, Kerala 671316
MaharashtraNational Institute of Virology, Pune 20-A, P B No 11, Dr Ambedkar Road, Pune, 411001, 411001
MaharashtraSeth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, MumbaiAcharya Donde Marg, Parel East, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012
MaharashtraKasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, MumbaiSane Guruji Marg, Arya Nagar, Chinchpokli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400034
MaharashtraNational Institute of Virology Field Unit, MumbaiHaffkine Institute Compound, Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012
MaharashtraArmed Forces Medical College, PuneSouthern Command, Pune - Solapur Rd, near Race Course, Wanowrie, Pune, Maharashtra 411040
MaharashtraBJ Medical College, PuneJai Prakash Narayan Road, Railway Station Rd, near Pune, Maharashtra 411001
MaharashtraIndira Gandhi Govt. Medical College, NagpurMayo Hospital, Central Ave, Mominpura, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440018
MaharashtraGrant Medical College & Sir JJ Hospital, MumbaiJ J Marg, Nagpada, Mumbai Central, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400008
MaharashtraGovt. Medical College, AurangabadUniversity Road, Jubilee Park, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
MaharashtraV. M. Government Medical College, SolapurCourt Road Opp. District Court Rang Bhavan Chowk, Sidheshwar Peth, Solapur, Maharashtra 413003
MaharashtraHaffkine Institute, Mumbai40/W, Acharya Dhonde Marg, Parel Village, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012
MaharashtraShree Bhausaheb Hire Govt. Medical College, DhuleChakkarbardi, Dhule Moghan Rd, Dhule, Maharashtra 424001
MaharashtraGovernment Medical College, MirajMiraj - Sangola - Pandharpur Rd, Maji Sainik Vasahat, Miraj, Maharashtra 416410
MaharashtraAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, NagpurMIHAN, Nagpur, Sumthana, Maharashtra 441108
MaharashtraNagpur Veterinary College, MAFSU, NagpurSeminary Hills, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440006
Maharashtra*Tata Memorial Centre ACTREC, MumbaiSector 22, Utsav Chowk - CISF Road, Owe Camp, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 410210
MaharashtraGovt. Medical College, AkolaAshok Vatika, district Collector Office Road, Near, Bhandaraj BK, Akola, Maharashtra 444001
Madhya PradeshAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, BhopalSaket Nagar, AIIMS Campus, Saket Nagar, Bagh Swaniya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462020
Madhya PradeshNational Institute for Research on Tribal Health, JabalpurICMR-NIRTH Campus, Nagpur Rd, Dhanvantri Nagar, Garha, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh 482003
Madhya PradeshMahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, IndoreAB Rd, CRP Line, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452001
Madhya PradeshGandhi Medical College, BhopalSultania Rd, near Hamidia Hospital, Royal Market, Medical College Campus, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001
Madhya PradeshBhopal Memorial Hospital & research Centre, BhopalRaisen Rd, near Best Price, BMHRC Campus, Karond, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462038
Madhya PradeshGajra Raja Medical College, GwaliorYadav Colony, Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474009
ManipurJawaharlal Nehru Institute of Med. Sciences, ImphalEast, ManipurPorompat, Imphal, Manipur 795004
ManipurRegional Institute of Medical Sciences, ImphalLamphel Road, Lamphelpat, Imphal, Manipur 795004
MeghalayaNorth Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences, Shillong, MeghalayaDepartment of Radiology & Imaging, NEIGRIHMS, Shillong, Meghalaya 793018
MizoramZoram Medical CollegeState Referral Hospital Falkawn, Mizoram 796005
OdishaRegional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneshwar (High-throughput Laboratory)NALCO Nagar, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751023
OdishaAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, BhubaneshwarSijua, Patrapada, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751019
OdishaSCB Medical College and Hospital, CuttackManglabag, Mangalabag, Cuttack, Odisha 753007
OdishaMKCG Medical College, BerhampurMedical College Campus National Highway 59, Brahmapur, Odisha 760004
Odisha*ILS, BhubaneshwarNalco Nagar Rd, NALCO Square, NALCO Nagar, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751023
PuducherryJawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, PuducherryJipmer Campus Rd, Gorimedu, Dhanvantari Nagar, Puducherry, 605006
PunjabGovt. Medical College, AmritsarMedical Enclave, Amritsar, Punjab 143001
PunjabGovt. Medical College, PatialaSangrur Rd, opposite Rajindra Hospital, New Lal Bagh Colony, Patiala, Punjab 147001
PunjabGuru Gobind Singh Medical University, FaridkotSadiq Rd, Kotakpura, GGS Medical Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab 151203
RajasthanSawai Man Singh Medical College, JaipurJawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Gangawal Park, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302004
RajasthanDr. Sampurnan and Medical College, JodhpurResidency Road, Near Sriram Excellency Hotel, opposite Petrol Pump, Sector-D, Shastri Nagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342003
RajasthanJhalawar Medical College, JhalawarN.H.-12, Kota Rd, Jhalawar, Rajasthan 326001
RajasthanRNT Medical College, UdaipurCourt Chowk, City's Prime Health Care Area, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
RajasthanSP Medical College, BikanerSP Medical College Rd, PBM Hospital, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001
RajasthanAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpurbasni Industrial Area, MIA 2nd Phase, Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342005
RajasthanJLN Medical College, Ajmeropp. Patel stadium, Kala Bagh, Ajmer, Rajasthan 305001
RajasthanGovt. Medical College, KotaRangbari Rd, Sector - A, Rangbari, Kota, Rajasthan 324010
Tamil NaduKing Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, ChennaiGuindy Institutional Area, SIDCO Industrial Estate, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032
Tamil NaduMadras Medical College, ChennaiStation, near Park Town, Park Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600003
Tamil NaduGovt. Theni Medical College, TheniKochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Rd, Theni Allinagaram, Tamil Nadu 625531
Tamil NaduTirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli3, High Ground Rd, Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu 627011
Tamil NaduGovt. Medical College, ThiruvarurCollector office Master Plan Complex, Thandalai, Tamil Nadu 610004
Tamil NaduKumar Mangalam Govt. Medical College, Salem8, Fort Main Rd, Sewapet, Salem, Tamil Nadu 636002
Tamil NaduCoimbatore Medical College, CoimbatoreAvinashi Rd, Peelamedu, Civil Aerodrome Post, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641018
Tamil NaduGovt. Medical College, VillupuramMundiyampakkam, Village, Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu 605601
Tamil NaduMadurai Medical College, MaduraiCollector Office Road Near, Alwarpuram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625020
Tamil NaduK A P Viswanatham Govt. Medical College, TrichyPeriyamilaguparai, Colletor's office Road, Tamil Nadu 620001
Tamil NaduPerundurai Medical College, PerunduraiErode District, Perundurai, Tamil Nadu 638053
Tamil NaduGovt. Dharmapuri Medical College, DharmapuriIndhira Nagar, Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu 636701
Tamil NaduGovt. Medical College, VellorePost, Sapthalipuram, Pennathur, Adukkamparai, Tamil Nadu 632011
TelanganaGandhi Medical College, SecunderabadGandhi Hospital, Musheerabad, Padmarao Nagar, Secunderabad, Telangana 500003
TelanganaOsmania Medical College, Hyderabad5-1-876, Turrebaz Khan Rd, Troop Bazaar, Koti, Hyderabad, Telangana 500095
TelanganaSir Ronald Ross of Tropical & Communicable Diseases, HyderabadCGHS Complex, Old, Begumpet Airport Road, Motilal Nehru Nagar, Begumpet, Hyderabad, Telangana 500016
TelanganaNizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, HyderabadPunjagutta Rd, Punjagutta Market, Punjagutta, Hyderabad, Telangana 500082
TelanganaInstitute of Preventive Medicine, HyderabadNarayanguda Rd, near YMCA, Lingampally, Kachiguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500029
TelanganaCentre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, HyderabadUppal Rd, IICT Colony, Habsiguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500007
TripuraGovernment Medical College, AgartalaPO, Kunjaban, Agartala, Tripura 799006
Uttar PradeshKing George Medical University, LucknowShah Mina Rd, Chowk, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226003
Uttar PradeshInstitute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, VaranasiAurobindo Colony, Banaras Hindu University Campus, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005
Uttar PradeshJawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AligarhMedical Rd, AMU Campus, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh 202002
Uttar PradeshCommand Hospital, LucknowCantonment Rd, Sadar Bazaar, Cantonment, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226002
Uttar PradeshLala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College, MeerutGarh Rd, Jai Bhim Nagar, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh 250002
Uttar PradeshSanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute, LucknowNew PMSSY Rd, Raibareli Rd, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226014
Uttar PradeshMLN Medical College, AllahabadGeorge Town, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh 211002
Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences (Formerly Uttar Pradesh RIMS), SaifaiOff, Kurawali - Mainpuri - Etawah Rd, Saifai, Uttar Pradesh 206130
Uttar PradeshMLB Medical College, JhansiJhansi - Kanpur Road, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh 284001
Uttar PradeshRegional Medical Research Centre, GorakhpurBaba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College Campus, Uttar Pradesh 273013
Uttar PradeshSN Medical College, AgraCentral Library, Moti Katra, Mantola, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003
Uttar PradeshRML Hospital, LucknowVibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010
Uttar PradeshGovt. Institute of Medical Sciences, NoidaGreater Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201310
Uttar PradeshGSVM Medical College, KanpurSwaroop Nagar, Kanpur, 208002
Uttar PradeshNational Institute of Biologicals, Noida (Highthroughput Laboratory)Plot No. A, 32, Institutional Area, Block A, Industrial Area, Sector 62, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201309
UttarakhandGovt. Medical College, HaldwaniRampur Rd, Rampur, Haldwani, Uttarakhand 263129
UttarakhandAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, RishikeshVirbhadra Road Shivaji Nagar, near Barrage, Sturida Colony, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249203
West BengalNational Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases, KolkataP- C.I.T. Scheme XM, 33, CIT Rd, Subhas Sarobar Park, Phool Bagan, Beleghata, Kolkata, West Bengal 700010
West BengalInstitute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, Kolkata244, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020
West BengalMidnapore Medical College, MidnaporeVidyasagar Road , Paschim Medinipur, Midnapore, West Bengal, 721 101
West BengalNorth Bengal Medical College, DarjeelingSushruta Nagar, Siliguri, West Bengal 734012
West BengalSchool of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata108, Chittaranjan Ave, Calcutta Medical College, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073
West BengalMalda Medical College & Hospital, MaldaRenukashi appartment, Dipak Rd, 3 No. Govt Colony, Uma Roy Sarani, Malda, West Bengal 732101
Andaman &
Nicobar Islands
Regional Medical Research Centre, Port BlairPost Bag 13, Dollygunj, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744103
Dadra & Nagar
Haveli
Shri Vonoba Bhave Civil Hospital, SilvassaSayli Road, near Collectorate, Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli 396230
Collection Sites Only
StateMedical College Name or LaboratoryAddress
SikkimSir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM), GangtokSungava, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101
LadakhSonam Norboo Memorial Hospital (SNMH), LehOld Leh Rd, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101
Arunachal PradeshTomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), NaharlagunNational Highway 52A, Old Assembly Complex, Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh 791110

Also, read: Coronavirus Helpline: Official Phone Numbers

FAQs About Coronavirus Testing Labs in India:

Below are some of the frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing labs in India:

Who should test for COVID-19?

All those who have symptoms of the COVID-19 with the below criteria should test for Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19:

> International travel history in the last fourteen days.
> Healthcare workers
> Those who have come in contact with confirmed cases.
> Those who have been hospitalized with Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) or Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARS).
> Those living in the same household with confirmed case(s) should test once between 5 and 14 days.
> Healthcare workers who came in contact with a confirmed case(s) without adequate protection as per WHO guidelines 

Is the Coronavirus test free?

The Supreme Court, as on 13 April 2020, has allowed private laboratories to conduct a free test for Coronavirus or COVID-19 only for Ayushman Bharat car holders, while the government will formulate different schemes for BPL categories. However, the lab test is free in government-run labs. Those who do not fall under the Ayushman Bharat and BPL categories and would like to test in a government-designated private lab will have to pay a maximum of Rs.4,500 which includes Rs.1,500 for a screening test and Rs.3,000 for a confirmation test. The ICMR will amend the guidelines from time to time.

What is the testing protocol for COVID-19 in India?

The initial testing protocol in India was to test anyone with travel history to high-risk countries and those who came in contact with those who have already tested positive for COVID-19. This was revised on 20 March 2020 to expand the scope to all symptomatic healthcare workers, asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a positive case and all hospitalised patients with SARS.

References:

  • Total Operational (initiated independent testing) Government Laboratories: ICMR, https://covid.icmr.org.in/index.php/testing-facilities

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Jharkhand’s Cabinet Minister Tested Positive For COVID-19

– July 8, 2020

Dr VB Prasad, Civil Surgeon, Ranchi has confirmed that a minister from Hemant Soren’s cabinet has been infected with Coronavirus. He had thrown a housewarming party where he and his family came in contact with a lot of people. The medical officials are trying to investigate the exact source of the infection. Those who came in contact with the cabinet minister are also being tested for COVID-19. While the minister has contracted the disease, his wife has tested negative. He is currently kept at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in a COVID-19 ward. Relatives of the infected minister said that he started showing symptoms of the diseases on July 06 after which he and his wife were tested for COVID-19. The reports came in on Tuesday and it was confirmed that the minister is indeed suffering from a Coronavirus infection. Another minister has been tested positive for COVID-19. These two cases have forced officials to look for the source of spread among the lawmakers. Currently, there are 870 active cases in the state, 2104 people have either been cured or discharged from medical facilities, and 22 people have lost their lives. Overall 2996 people are affected till date by the COVID-19 disease in Jharkhand.

WHO Survey Highlights Risk of ARV Stockout

– July 7, 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted a survey before the International AIDS Society’s conference. This conference is held biannually. As per the survey, 73 countries have raised their concerns regarding their stock of antiretroviral medicines or ARV as they are commonly known. The countries have warned that they are at a risk of an ARV stock out because of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the world. 24 countries are facing severe stock issues or supply issues of ARV. This medicine is used to control HIV and prevent its transmission. As per data available in 2019, more than 8 million people in the 24 countries facing stock issues were being helped by ARVs. The survey highlighted that the countries are facing supply issues because of the restrictions and challenges put forward by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Suppliers are finding it difficult to meet deadlines, land and air transport has taken a hit, and healthcare service accessibility has also been limited.

Odisha Government Decides to Start Plasma Therapy

– July 6, 2020

Different Indian states are undertaking active measures to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to take care of those who are affected by it. The State Government of Odisha decided to begin plasma therapy to treat those COVID-19 patients who are in a critical situation. Such a decision was taken in a meeting involving the Health and Family Welfare Minister, N K Das. The plasma therapy treatment will first be implemented in 4 centres and can be extended to other hospitals if needed. The hospitals selected for the first phase of plasma therapy are SCB Medical College Hospital, Bhubaneshwar’s SUM and KIMS Hospitals, and Cuttack’s Ashwini Hospital. A plasma bank shall also be set-up. Certain district authorities in Odisha have announced weekend shutdowns to restrict the virus from spreading. Such shutdowns were announced as precautionary measures against the rising cases in the districts.

COVID-19: Ahmedabad-based Pharma Company Gets Approval To Begin Human Trials For Vaccine

– July 6, 2020

The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) has given approval to Zydus Cadila for conducting human trials to test the effectiveness of ZyCoV-D. It is an experimental vaccine developed for treating COVID-19. This is the second instance where a company has managed to get approval for human trials for COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier, Bharat Biotech sought approval to test their vaccine called Covaxin on humans. Currently, more than 140 potential vaccines are under trials at various stages of development. The government said that this is “the beginning of the end”. Another commendable thing is that around 60% of vaccine supplies sent to the UNICEF are from Indian manufacturers. More than 19500 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 as of today. It has become imperative that an effective vaccine is introduced to the general public to possibly reduce the number of cases in the country. Maharashtra is at the top of the list with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Karnataka.

Plasma Bank To Help Patients with COVID-19 Infection in Delhi

– June 30, 2020

The Delhi government has announced that it will set up a plasma bank in the Union Territory and it is likely to be the first such bank in India. The plasma bank will operate just like a blood bank and will be set up in the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences Hospital. Patients can avail services from the plasma bank but the services have to be recommended by a doctor. The Chief Minister of Delhi announced the decision to set up the plasma bank. He added that there is a tremendous demand for plasma therapy in Delhi. He said they were the first to conduct plasma trials in the country and results have been encouraging. He added that plasma therapy helps stabilise the respiratory rate of moderate to severe patients; however, it will not help people with multi-organ failures. Any COVID-19 patient who has been cured can donate plasma at the prescribed plasma bank. The modalities of setting up the bank will be done in a couple of days.

COVID-19: Recovery Rate Inclines to 58.67% in India

– June 29, 2020

The Ministry of Health said the recovery rate in India has improved with “encouraging results”. The rate has improved to 58.67%. Despite being the fourth worst-hit country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said the recovery among COVID-19 patients continues to improve. Also, the difference between active and recovered cases has inclined to 1,11,602. The Ministry added that as of today, 3,21,722 patients have recovered and 2,10,120 are active cases and are under medical care. In the last 24 hours, 12,010 coronavirus patients have recovered. The Ministry also said that the improvement is due to the Centre’s proactive and preemptive steps along with states and UTs to contain the spread of the deadly virus. As for the reported positive cases in the last 24 hours stands at 19,459 and the total cases stand at 5,48,318 COVID-19 cases in the country. As for fatalities, death numbers in the last 24 hours stand at 380, adding to the total deaths of 16,475.

Delhi: Centre’s Order on Clinical Assessment Withdrawn After SDMA Meeting

– June 26, 2020

As per a Central government guideline, COVID positive people were supposed to visit a care centre to determine if it was possible to keep them under home isolation or should they be admitted to a hospital. In case of determination of home isolation after the clinical assessment, a verification was supposed to be conducted by a different team regarding the accommodation. This guideline issued by the centre faced severe criticism due to lack of infrastructure and the lengthy process. The guideline is now revoked after the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) meeting attended by Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal. Instead of visiting the care centre, those found positive via the rapid testing process shall be tested on the spot by the medical officers. Manish Sisodia also mentioned that home isolation has been successful in the capital.

COVID-19: Karnataka Government Directed Private Hospitals to Apply Fixed Charges

– June 25, 2020

The Government of Karnataka has now capped the expenses related to Coronavirus treatment. At the beginning of this pandemic, 518 private healthcare facilities that were registered to provide treatment under Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka scheme were affiliated for treating COVID-19 patients. This allowed more room for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. As per the cap on charges, the patients who are referred by Public Health Authorities need to pay Rs 5,200 for a normal (general) ward, Rs 7,000 for HDU, Rs 8,500 without a ventilator and Rs 10,000 with a ventilator for isolation ward. Those who are admitted directly by Public Health Authorities with cash payment need to pay Rs 10,000 for a normal (general) ward, Rs 12,000 for HDU. Rs 12,000 without a ventilator and Rs 15,000 with a ventilator for isolation ward. With a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, it is not possible to get everyone admitted in a government hospital where the rates are pocket-friendly. People are forced to avail treatment in private hospitals and pay a much higher sum of money. This demand for all medical care facilities has also brought a sense of profit-making to hospitals that are not affiliated with the government. Capping the charges can now reduce the burden on people suffering from COVID-19.

COVID-19: Testing Labs Goes Up by 1,000 Across India

– June 24, 2020

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in a tweet announced that it has set up over 1,000 COVID-19 testing labs across the country. It said that it was a major milestone in increasing testing in the country. Of the 1,000 labs, 270 are private, while the remaining 730 are government testing labs. It said that as of 23 January 2020, there was only one testing lab which has not increased to 1,000 today. The ICMR advised all states, private and public institutions to take necessary steps to increase the rate of testing of COVID-19 samples. The novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) after it spread across the globe affecting almost every country in the world


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