"The number of testing laboratories for Covid-19 has increased from two to 77. Soon we will increase it to 100. We want to make the tests accessible and affordable to a common person," Thackeray said. He said the government was discussing the issue with Centre as well.
The average cost of RT-PCR test for Covid-19 at private laboratories is around Rs 4,500.
The state has set up a task force for developing treatment protocol for Covid-19 and is also increasing the number of isolation beds and ICU beds in the states. Field hospitals
with capacity of over 1,000 beds are being set up in exhibition grounds.