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All districts in Maharashtra to have COVID-19 testing labs

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed his concerns over the rising number of cases and announced that the state government was planning to set up a sample testing lab in all districts.

All districts in Maharashtra to have COVID-19 testing labs
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday launched the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory for conducting COVID-19 tests in Jalna district. 

This comes amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra despite strict months of lockdown in the hotspot areas. Thackeray expressed his concerns over the same and announced that the state government was planning to set up a sample testing lab in all districts. 

Maharashtra remains on the worst-hit states in India due to the coronavirus pandemic with 2,54,427 COVID-19 cases. On Sunday, nearly 7,827 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the state along with 173 deaths. The fatality rate remains at 4.04 per cent in Maharashtra. 

Owing to the coronavirus situation in Maharashtra, Thackeray said that the government will set up COVID-19 testing labs in all districts of the state. He was speaking after inaugurating the testing lab in Jalna city in Marathwada via video conference. 

The Chief Minister informed that the number of testing labs has gone up to 110. The number of testing labs was only two when the COVID-19 outbreak began, he said while adding that battle against the pandemic should be fought with a positive mindset. 

Thackeray further informed that the government has set up several health facilities for people in Maharashtra and has also ramped up testing. Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Raosaheb Danve were also present at the occasion. 

Tope, who is also the guardian minister of Jalna, informed that the sample results will be available quickly with the help of BSL-3 type new laboratory which is also eligible to test HIV samples. He said that the plasma and antibody testing machines will be made available soon. 

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