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In a significant order passed today, the Supreme Court directed that COVID-19 testing done by both government and private laboratories be free of cost [Shashank Deo Sudhi v. Union of India & Ors.].
An interim order to this effect was passed by a Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Ravindra S Bhat
The Bench has also ordered that such tests be conducted only in National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration (NABL) accredited labs or agencies approved by the World Health Organization or the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).