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January 10 was the third day Shivani Jogdand, 32, spent lying in the compound of the government-run Sion Hospital in Mumbai. A cotton bag containing her spare clothes lay bundled next to her, while two relatives sat by her side. “There are other ailments apart from Covid-19. How long should I keep waiting?” asked Jogdand, pressing her palm against her stomach to relieve some of the pain.

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Jogdand had travelled to Mumbai from Nanded, 585 km away, in the hope of getting an endoscopy done to investigate the pain in her stomach. But the hospital asked her to first get herself screened for Covid-19 using the RT-PCR or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test.

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She gave her sample for testing on January 7. With no money for a hotel, she spent the next three days under a shed on the hospital premises waiting for the result.

Earlier, Covid-19 test results in Mumbai would be available in 24 hours. But with a steep rise in infections since mid-December, the labs are taking three to four days to deliver results. In a month, Mumbai has ramped up daily testing from 30,000 to 70,000.

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On the third day, when Jogdand’s test report still did not come, the hospital…

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