New Delhi, Apr 14 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today issued a new circular, mandating the Rapid/RT-PCR test for all entrants, if they showed symptoms of COVID-19, in view of the sudden upsurge in cases.
Recently, 50 percent of the Supreme Court’s staff had tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus infection.
The Circular mandates the following protocols for entrants to the Supreme Court premises:
All the entrants to the Supreme Court premises, including the Registry staff, the staff of the coordinate agencies, Advocates and their staff, if showing any symptoms similar to those notified for COVID-19, shall subject themselves to Rapid/RT-PCR test.
All Controlling Officers shall ensure that the staff in their control wears mask, maintains physical distancing and frequently sanitizes/washes hands and follows the prescribed Covid appropriate behaviour;
Persons with notified symptoms like fever, cough, body ache, loss of taste and smell, and diarrhoea, shall restrict themselves from coming to office/premises, isolate themselves immediately and seek medical advice.
There shall not be any crowding or loitering in the campus and movement in common areas should be only for specific purposes and be completed within the minimum time.
The lift should not be used by more than three persons at a time and shall be used only for going upwards; for coming downstairs, stairs should be used.
The aforesaid measures shall be in addition to the existing protocols already in place vide Circulars issued by the Registry from time to time, and such other steps as may have been taken with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19 within the premisrs of the Supreme Court. ILNS/ABHI/SNG/RJ