Update July 2, 2021

Dhaka 3-38 pm, 03-August, 2021

Free Covid-19 testing for low-income people during July: Health ministry

Mirajul Moin Joy

The low-income people will not have to pay for Covid-19 tests in government-run laboratories during July, the Health Services Division of the health ministry said Thursday, reports UNB.

Following the coronavirus upsurge across Bangladesh, the need for Covid-19 testing has increased.

It has become difficult for low-income families to pay for several members for the test.

So, the government has directed the public healthcare institutions to make Covid-19 tests free for the low-income people, the Health Services Division said.

Bangladesh entered a week-long “strict lockdown” early Thursday to tackle the rising tide of Covid-19 cases and fatalities.

A record 143 people died of Covid-19 in the 24 hours until early Thursday, and 8,301 people tested positive for the virus.

There have been 921,559 infections and 14,646 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

Bangladesh has so far tested 66,40,982 samples.

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