Shillong, 7th October: While the COVID19 positive cases are rising alarmingly, the Meghalaya government has decided to withdraw free test facility in the state.

From October 16, the people of Meghalaya will have to pay for undergoing COVID-19 testing.

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that, from October 16, anyone who wants to go for COVID-19 testing, they will have to pay.

It will be applicable for both permanent residents and the people who will come into the state for business purpose,” Prestone Tynsong said.

The Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister further said that, from July this year, the ICMR has withdrawn the assistance or subsidy to procure testing kits and now all the states have to pay themselves to procure testing kits.

There is no more assistance from the central government and the ICMR has already issued this order,” Tynsong said.

He further said that, from October 16, the COVID-19 testing in Meghalaya will be done on payment basis.

Rapid Antigen Test for COVID19 in Meghalaya will be mandatory for all persons including its permanent residents who will enter into the state from October 16 and an amount of Rs 500 will be charged for it.

On the other hand, Rs 3,200 will be charged for Truenat, CBNAAT or RTPCR testing, but the BPL category people will be exempted and those carrying the certificates of having undergone Truenat, CBNAAT or RTPCR test within 72 hours will be exempted.

Meghalaya has so far registered 7037 positive cases for COVID-19 and out of them, 2371 cases are active, 4606 have recovered and 60 died.