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Delhi High Court to hear plea seeking increase in RT-PCR Tests

Lawstreet Journal 1 May 2021 6:19pm

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The Delhi HC on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, heard a plea filed by Advocate Ankur Mahindro concerning the decline in the number of RT-PCR tests being conducted in the national capital. It alleges that in the last 4-5 days, RT-PCR tests being conducted by private laboratories have reduced, even when the positivity rates are at an all-time high of beyond 30%.

"The disadvantage to low testing or delayed reports is bound to lead to more infection as it is impossible to make containment zones till the time news is received of people testing positive," it states to be precise.

The matter was mentioned on Monday, April 26, 2021 before a Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli, responsible for hearing cases pertaining to the Covid-19 situation in Delhi. The intervention has been made in the case titled Rakesh Malhotra v. GNCTD.

The applicant seeks a direction to all the laboratories to ramp up testing. "It is important that urgent directives are issued to all private laboratories to furnish before this Hon'ble Court, the number of RT-PCR tests conducted in the last 2 weeks and the time taken to deliver the said reports on an average, including detailed breakup of how much time is taken by ICMR to certify the reports," the plea states.

When the matter was mentioned, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asked the intervenor to share "best practices" that may be adopted by the Government in this regard. Accordingly, Mahindro suggested the following- 

1: Ramp up Testing

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