F.No. 23/ Misc/COVID-19/DGHS/NHC/2020/ Pt-VI/4839-4849                           Dated 14/04/2020




The guidelines for COVID-19 testing has been revised by Indian Council of Medical Research on 09.04.2020 and the same is as below: 


  1. i) All symptomatic individuals who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days 
  2. ii) All symptomatic contacts of laboratory confirmed cases 

iii) All symptomatic health care workers 

  1. iv) All patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (fever AND cough and/or shortness of breath) 
  2. v) Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact 

In hotspots/cluster (as per . MoHFW) and in large migration gatherings/ evacuees centres 

  1. vi) All symptomatic ILI (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose) 
  2. Within 7 days of illness – rRT-PCR 
  3. After 7 days of illness – Antibody test (If negative, confirmed by rRT-PCR) 


It has been decided by the competent authority that 20000 rRT-PCR tests are to be performed on a war footing in Delhi in the coming five days for the community under surveillance and patients admitted in COVID-19 designated Delhi Government hospitals/ quarantine centres for the timely containment of the disease. 


In case the number of samples collected is more than the combined capacity of government labs, the samples collected at COVID-19 designated Delhi Government hospitals/ quarantine centres shall be sent to private labs as per their allocated designated areas/ regions. The allocation is as under: 


S. No. Districts Designated Private Lab
1.  North Dr. Lal Path Labs
2. North West Dr. Lal Path Labs
3. North East Dr. Lal Path Labs
4. Central Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Clinical Lab Services, SGRH
5. New Delhi Oncquest Labs
6. South  Dr. Dang’s Lab
7. South East Laboratory Services Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
8. East Max Lab, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket 
9. Shahdara Max Lab, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket
10. South West Prognosis Laboratories
11. West City X-Ray & Scan Clinic Pvt. Ltd.




  1. The samples collected at Delhi Government Hospitals/ Quarantine Centres / Testing Centres shall be labelled and packed in the transport container having requisite temperature as per protocol.
  2. The requisite form shall be filled by the person who has collected the sample(s) and the e-mail ID of the institution on which the report is to be sent shall be mentioned thereupon.
  3. The runner of the designated private Lab shall receive the transport container along with the sample(s) and give a receipt of the same before transporting the same to the Lab.
  4. The designated private Labs shall send the report at the earliest on the email ID mentioned on the requisition form and Email ID:
  5. The bills along with a copy of the requisition form(s) and report of the test(s) shall be submitted by the private Labs to Delhi State Health Mission for payment purposes on a weekly basis.
  6. In case the designated private lab of Districts at S. Nos. 4 to 11 does not receive the sample or has reached its maximum capacity, the sample may be sent to Dr. Lal Path Labs.


The private authorized/ designated Labs shall be paid from the COVID funds released by Government of India under National Health Mission to Delhi State Health Mission at the

following rates: 


Sample taken by Mylab kit provided by Cost (in Rupees)
Private Private  4500 /-
Government  Private  3500 /-
Government Government 2200 /-


This issues with the prior approval of the competent authority. 


(Dr R. N. Das) 

Medical Superintendent – Nursing Homes


F.No. 23/ Misc/COVID-19/DGHS/NHC/2020/ Pt-Vl/4839-4849         Dated 14/04/2020 


Copy to:


  1. Secretary to Hon’ble Minister of Health, 71 h Level, A-Wing, Delhi Secretariat, ND- 02 
  2. Secretary (Health), 9111 Level, A-Wing, Delhi Secretariat, New Delhi- 110002 
  3. Mission Director, Delhi State Health Mission, A&B Wing, 6th Floor, Vikas Bhawan-II, Civil Lines, Delhi – ·110054, 
  4. Director General Health Services, F-17, Karkardooma, Delhi- 110032 
  5. Medical Doctors / Director of all COVID-’19 designated Delhi Govt. Hospitals 
  6. Medical Superintendents of all Government Hospitals either owned and run by Delhi Government or run under autonomous mode 
  7. CDMOs of all 11 Districts of NCT of Delhi 
  8. Addl. Director, PH-IV, 3rd Floor, S-1, School Block, Shakarpur, Delhi- 110092 
  9. Dr. Gautam Kr. Singh, SPO (Adolescent Health), DFW 
  10. All District Surveillance Officers 
  11. Proprietors of all 08 private Labs authorized for COVJD-19 testing in NCT of Delhi namely, Dr. Lal Path Labs; Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Clinical Lab Services, SGRH; Oncquest Labs; Dr. Dang’s Lab; Laboratory Services Indraprastha Apollo Hospital; Max Lab, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket; Prognosis Laboratories and City XRay & Scan Clinic Pvt. Ltd. 


(Dr R. N. Das) 

Medical Superintendent – Nursing Homes

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