As Delhi tops the list of cities having the highest number of COVID19 cases in India, the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to submit a status report highlighting the action plan undertaken to ramp up testing in the national capital.
The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has further directed the Delhi Government to indicate the degree of compliance with the recommendations of the Committee constituted by the Lieutenant Governor to monitor Delhi's preparedness to deal with COVID19.
The order has come in a writ petition moved by Mr Rakesh Malhotra seeking ramping of testing facilities for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients of COVID19.
During the proceedings, the Delhi Government submitted the report of the committee constituted by the LG of Delhi wherein the following parts were cited as relevant:
In addition to this, the Delhi Government informed the court that the continuous interaction between the officers of the Health Department, Delhi Government, and the private laboratories is ensured through a WhatsApp group and virtual meetings.
'Total of 1,09,196 samples have been collected over the past 6 days with an average of 18,200 samples per day', the Delhi Government submitted.
Delhi Government further submitted that it is proposing to commence conducting Anti Body test across the city at the rate of 4,000 to 5,000 tests per day commencing from 27.06.2020.
At this point, the court directed the Delhi Government to state on affidavit as to how it is proposing to ramp up the tests across Delhi, which has a population of 1.67 crores.
Delhi Government is further directed to upload the ICMR's advisory dated 23/06/20 on its website which states that Rapid Antibody Testing can be used by all hospitals, laboratories and State Governments including COVID-19 private hospitals for which they will be required to register with the ICMR.
Therefore, the court said:
'GNCTD is directed to file a fresh Status Report indicating compliances of the Minutes of Meeting of the Committee constituted by the Lt. Governor, GNCTD. A tabulated statement indicating the number of tests in all categories undertaken by the State from 18.6.2020 to 30.6.2020, and the further action plan to ramp up the testing in Delhi be filed well before the next date of hearing.'
The court will next take up the matter on July 02.
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