This initiative will take the overall number of state-run testing centres in Mumbai, to more than 300.
Today onwards, Mumbai's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will grant free COVID-19 testing facilities to the citizens of Mumbai. The BMC has set up 244 walk-in testing locations across the city and to find out about the nearest testing facility, residents can contact the control room of their local ward office or the BMC's disaster control room, at 1916.
The initiative will take the overall number of state-run testing centres in Mumbai, to more than 300. People who think that they're developing the symptoms of Coronavirus or have been infected by close contact to a patient, can approach these locations and get tested at zero cost.
244 COVID-19 testing centres distributed across all 24 wards
Citizens who are willing to get tested, will get a two-hour window from 10 AM to 12 noon to get themselves tested at these centres. Some of these facilities have RT-PCR testing and others have rapid antigen testing. The antigen kits deliver test results in less than 30 minutes but are less sensitive as compared to the RT-PCR tests.
Further, there are 54 private laboratories which are approved by BMC, that conduct regular covid-19 tests along with these 244 test centres. The private labs in the city, charge ₹1,800 for sample collection at home and ₹1,400 for getting tested at their facility. Testing is being conducted actively right now, as the ongoing festive season has substantial chances of pushing the corona curve to higher peaks. Since September, reportedly the BMC has been conducting anywhere between 8, 000 and 15,000 tests on a daily basis and now the concerned authorities have their eyes set on around 24,000 daily tests.
As of today, Mumbai has 2,58,405 confirmed corona cases in its record and the recovery tally is marked at 2,29,025. The city has also reported 10,858 expiries due to COVID-19. For more information regarding tests and updates, citizens can visit http://stopcoronavirus.mcgm.gov.in.