The Indian Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal announced on Monday coronavirus testing will be made available to everyone in Delhi.
The announcement was made at an all-party meeting to discuss the coronavirus pandemic in the National Capital Region.
While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, and Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain were conspicuous by their absence at Monday's all-party meeting convened by Shah, the ruling AAP was represented by party MP Sanjay Singh. Other parties in attendance were Congress, BJP, BSP and SP.
Shah and Baijal, who chaired the meeting with representatives of all parties, accepted there was an urgent need to rein in the fear in people's minds about coronavirus, and assured parties that testing will be available easily and at more affordable rates in the national capital in the days to come.
The government is also learnt to have told the gathering that ICMR has approved affordable tests at Rs450 a piece, which will be made available in Delhi over the coming days.
Over the last one week, Delhi's positivity rate has swelled with over 2,000 new cases being added to the capital's tally on a daily basis.