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'Public Health More Important than Counting Votes': Madras High Court Suggests Lockdown on May 1 & 2 [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 29 Apr 2021 7:48pm

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The Madras High Court on Monday, April 26, 2021 heard amatter pertaining to the state of preparedness in the wake of the pandemic in the State of Tamil Nadu and in the Union Territory of Puducherry and issued a slew of suggestions regarding COVID management in the state of Tamil Nadu & UT of Puducherry.

It said, " You had all of last year to plan and take a decision. If it had been done, we would not be in this situation…. We were lulled into a false sense of security only to be hit by this tsunami of infection now." 

The Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthil Ramamoorthy remarked that  if only the authorities had made proper plans and taken measures during last one year, the present 'tsunami of COVID19 infections could have been avoided.

The State argued that the patients were directly being brought into government hospitals or private nursing homes and beds are sought when, in several cases, the patient may not require admission at all. Additionally, a number of patients were scrambling to obtain the drug Remdesivir which was, admittedly, in short supply.

It was submitted on behalf of the State that in most cases even admission may not be necessary and the State and the public interest would be better served if an element of discretion were exercised and the protocol that is being announced by the State, over and over again, was followed.

As far as the supplies of oxygen, Remdesivir and related drugs, ventilators, beds, doses of vaccine is concerned, the Court found that the status… Continue Reading...

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