In a suo moto PIL registered to address the challenge of pandemic COVID-19, a division bench at the Jaipur bench of the Rajasthan High Court has asked the Director of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to pass necessary instructions to all medical and health agencies not to discharge a Corona Virus infected patient unless he is found completely virus free through blood test.
The PIL was registered on the basis of a letter sent by Advocate Sehban Naqvi in the wake of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic majorly stating as:
The bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Satish Kumar Sharma took note of a few cases where the infected persons were discharged from the hospitals after declaring them infection free and after a few days they had to be again hospitalized having been found infected.
"This is a very risky situation, which may result in rapid spreading of the pandemic Corona Virus (COVID19) through such persons. It is noticeable that various tests are being conducted to detect the Corona Virus in human body but only blood test can be most effective in detecting the infection of virus including Corona Virus.
Therefore, the Director, Indian Council of Medical Research is directed to thoroughly consider the issue and pass necessary instructions to all medical and health agencies not to discharge a Corona Virus infected patient unless he is found completely virus free through blood test. Similar precautions may also be adopted for the persons who are kept in home isolation or in quarantine," the bench thus observed.
Inter alia, the court has also asked both the ICMR and the State government to ensure the following:
The matter is now listed for April 21, to record compliance.
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