The Cabinet of Ministers has adopted a decision that will allow citizens to have their COVID-19 PCR tests run in private laboratories at government expense.

Health minister Maksym Stepanov says an additional UAH 100 million will be allocated from the budget to cover the cost, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

Read alsoKyiv, 23 regions not ready for lifting COVID-19 curbs – health ministryThe latest decision implies that private labs will also be involved in the testing routine, free of charge for patients.

Also, the Cabinet made an additional allocation of budget funds in the amount of UAH 160.898 million to laboratory centers owned by the Ministry of Health, the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health, and the Mechnikov Ukrainian Research Anti-Plague Institute to procure additional laboratory equipment and consumables for PCR testing.

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