- Apprentice Lawyer
Considering that a large number of persons have traveled to India from the United Kingdom before the Central government suspended flights in the wake of the new COVID-19 strain, Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Aam Aadmi Party government to ensure adequate testing and follow up of positive cases in the national capital.
A Division Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad also directed the government to formulate within two weeks, a Standard Operating Procedure for post-COVID complications.
The Court was dealing with advocate Rakesh Malhotra's petition concerning the status of COVID-19 in the city.
The Court today observed that the situation of COVID-19 was improving as the positivity rate had come down.
"We can see things climb down.. The picture is encouraging right now", the Court remarked as it took on record Delhi government's status report.
The Court noted that the Delhi government proposed to enhance contact tracing and create more containment zones in districts where the positivity rate was more.
It also recorded that in a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, it was decided to start "representative testing".
"It is emphasized that while following representative testing, the Delhi government should ensure that testing through RT-PCR is more than RAT", the court added.
The court also took on record that a total of 871243 tests were conducted during the period of December 11 till December 21, out which 452428 were RT-PCR and other similar tests.
Advocate Satyakam appeared for the Delhi government.
The matter would be heard next on January 14.