Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Lab at Chennai airport conducting 1,000 Covid-19 tests per day

Chennai: The city airport’s Covid test facility at the T-3 arrival terminal has been bustling with activity as 1,000 tests are being conducted every day since its opening on February 2. 

A Chennai airport spokesman said that currently, the test facility ‘Hind labs’ set up by HLL Life Care has the capacity to handle 1,200 passengers. The spokesman said the lab is now catering to arriving passengers and it can soon be  extended to departing passengers also.

Those arriving can undergo self-paid test (RT-PCR/TrueNat) at this facility. The RT- PCR test  costs Rs 1,200 and results will arrive in five to seven hours. For the swifter TrueNat test, passengers have to pay Rs 2,500. The results will take less than four hours. 

Meanwhile, the lab was inspected by Arun Kumar, Economic Adviser to Union Ministry of Health and Family  Welfare and Dr J Radhakrishnan, State Health Secretary, along with State and Airports Authority of India officials, a release stated.

03/03/21 New Indian Express

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