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Reason for Keeping a Person in Quarantine for 14 Days to be Justified: Delhi HC to State Govt

Lawstreet Journal 15 May 2020 8:10pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Reason for Keeping a Person in Quarantine for 14 Days to be Justified: Delhi HC to State Govt

Delhi High Court on Monday, 11th May 2020, held that the State Government will have to justify the reason for keeping a person in quarantine as a preventive measure for coronavirus. This was held after observing that the 14-day quarantine period is not mandatory but serves a general guideline. 

A single bench of Justice C Hari Shankar stated that there is no certain information regarding the malignancy of the COVID-19 virus, its actual period of gestation, the period taken for symptoms in an infected person to manifest itself, or the period for which a person, once infected, remains a potential source of infection to others. It remarked that the medical community world over is yet to come to grips with this virus and isolate its individual characteristics.

Delhi High Court was hearing a plea by photojournalist Amit Bhargava, who sought to formulate the rules of quarantine for the people while indicating whether the period of quarantine starts from the day of contact from an infected person or from the day of getting diagnosed for coronavirus. 

Justice Hari Shankar said that “unwilling to hold that in each and in every case, the period of home quarantine must stand limited to 14 days, and no more” and also mentioned about the legal consequences of illegal quarantine of a person. The court order also mentioned the responsibility of Delhi Government to show- cause notice to any person who is found to have breached the quarantine norms or lockdown orders while further stating that a warning should… Continue Reading...

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