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updated : 27. March 2020 00:53 EST

On Thursday, the central government approved the opening of coronavirus testing facilities in eight private laboratories and eleven government agencies throughout Maharashtra. Currently, the state only has test sites at three locations: Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur.

The Secretary of State for Medical Education, Amit Deshmukh, said the decision to increase capacity to 4,000 people per day will allow. Deshmukh said the state government is trying to expand the capacity of an emergency preparedness test.

The eight accredited private laboratories are Metropolis Healthcare Limited; Thyrocare Technologies Limited; Suburban Diagnostic Private Limited; Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital; SRL Limited; AG Diagnostics Private Limited; Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital Laboratory; and Infection Laboratories Private Limited.

Deshmukh said he needed a doctor’s prescription, on the basis of which a private laboratory would send a technical team to take the sample. The examination report is drawn up within 8 to 12 hours and on the basis of this the doctor decides on further treatment.

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