Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has offered to set up a mobile COVID-19 testing laboratory in Pune, Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Chandrakant Patil told the Indian Express.
"Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh had approached us a few days ago and offered help to contain the COVID-19 surge. The mobile lab for COVID-19 testing will start at Vadgaonsheri tomorrow (Saturday),” Patil said.
Taking to Twitter, Singh wrote, "Let’s do our bit to help another in this difficult times. may waheguru keep everyone safe .. We will win this fight against #carona."
Reportedly, the mobile COVID-19 lab will have the capacity to test 1,500 samples each day and would be able to give the result of the RT-PCR tests within four hours. It would provide free testing to those below poverty line (BPL) and will charge Rs 500 per test for others.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 has hit Pune hard. On Thursday, Pune district reported 9,841 new coronavirus cases, pushing its COVID-19 count to 7,63,194. The death toll reached 11,882 with 115 more patients succumbing to the infection in the district.
Of the 9,841 new cases, 4,539 were reported from areas under Pune Municipal Corporation limits, taking the tally to 3,87,030. With 2,539 fresh cases, the COVID-19 count in Pimpri- Chinchwad increased to 1,93,512. Other cases were reported from rural and Pune Cantonment Board areas, where the tally rose to 1,82,652.