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Conduct extensive testing for homecoming migrants, make functional quarantine centres at border: Uttarakhand HC directs State [Read Order]

The Court emphasised that it was not against the arrival of the people. It clarified, "Our only concern is that in these difficult times there must be a proper screening at the borders."

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Uttarakhand High Court today issued a slew of directions to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spread as large numbers of migrants return from other states to Uttarakhand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order was passed by a Division Bench comprising of Justices Ravindra Maithani and Sudhanshu Dhulia. The directions issued to the State government include the following:

  • At each border point, the State Government shall make every possible effort to establish and make functional quarantine centers.

  • In these quarantine centers, all such returnees who are coming from red zones shall be kept for a period of one week.

  • Out of these quarantined persons, those who have necessary symptoms, as per the guidelines of ICMR, shall be tested for RT-PCR.

  • Although rapid antibody test has not been approved by ICMR for diagnostic purposes, since the result of this test is available in much less time, such tests can be used for surveillance purposes alone.

  • Procure rapid test kits immediately and ensure that testing is done by this method, on an experiment basis at the border points.

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