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Delhi HC defers plea seeking 1 lk RTPCR tests everyday

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New Delhi, May 26 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court has deferred hearing on a plea seeking directions to the Centre and the Delhi Government to conduct one lakh RTPCR Tests everyday and to explore the possibility of importing home self-testing kits from countries, where such kits are already in use.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh had issued notice in the matter and sought the response of both the Union and the Delhi Government on May 5.

When the matter came up for hearing yesterday, the Court noted that service to the Respondent No 3, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, could not be completed due to non-payment of Process fee. The Bench directed for the same.  

A PIL was moved by Advocate Shweta Singh, which said that around 30 lakh active cases and a record of 54 lakh cases of Novel Coronavirus were added in the last 27 days of April, during the second wave of COVID-19.

The death rate being as high as 380 per day and active cases of more than 10 lakh a day have made the National Capital a living graveyard, noted Ms Singh.

The plea stated that an early detection of the deadly COVID-19 can help in saving lives of thousands of people by strictly rapping the government authorities, which since January 2021, had a plenty of amount to come up with a strong resolution to tackle the pandemic. 

As the second wave of virus has shook the very grain and polity of the nation, the traumatising plight of the citizens is haywire. People have lost their lives, job opportunities and subsequently, the lack of proper medical assistance and medicines have taken a further toll on people at large.

The petitioner sought direction to the state that in the due process of vaccination, priority ought to be given to the citizens, who supposedly on the date of application, weren’t infected with the virus in the past four months, following which the plea sought direction to the government to explore the possibilities of home testing kits just how countries like the United Kingdom, the US and Canada have adopted, owing to the whopping population of India.

Let alone an estimate of around two crore residents of Delhi, the order to pass home testing kits may help in early detection and lessen the pressure on the medical officials and to regulate a fair sale and quality sale of N95 masks with effectively watching closely and maintain a status quo, in order to avoid circulation of any faulty and fake masks, thereby also making a use of double masking or use of N95 in all public places as a requisite and mandatory requirement.

Owing to the rapid growth of digitalization on and the swift to the reliability of the internet the plea further avers urgent directions to the State to constitute and formulate a webpage or a web portal available for all the general public that would enable to easily access all the relevant with respect to Covid19 whether it’s a query related to essential medicines or oxygen supplies everything might be contracted in a single website for quick search for the public. The Court would hear the matter next on August 2. ILNS/ALZ/RJ 

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