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India's Covid test eats into a fourth of an average person's monthly income

India's coronavirus test is costlier than in developed countries in terms of purchasing power as well, while private insurance coverage is shallower here

A health worker collects a nasal sample from a child for COVID-19 test during the total lockdown imposed by the state government due to surge in Covid-19 cases, in Patna on Monday. Photo: ANI
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File photo of a health worker collecting a nasal sample from a child for Covid-19 testing in Patna. Photo: ANI

Abhishek Waghmare Pune
The new human coronavirus SARS-nCoV2 is on a rampage around the world, spreading the new disease Covid-19 faster than we can comprehend. Almost everything concerned with the virus is still “unknown,” and on top of it, the pandemic has spared neither the middle class, nor the poor, nor Jair Bolsonaro, and nor even Boris Johnson.

At a time when infections are reaching the neighbours’ homes or the colleagues’ desks, people are taking up, or are thinking of taking up, Covid-19 tests to ensure that they are safe from the virus. This is exactly what Pravin Kamble thought, and ended up

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First Published: Jul 15 2020 | 9:27 PM IST

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