The Delhi High Court has directed the Central Government and Delhi Government to “keep their hand on the pulse” and monitor the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the city for the purposes of proportionately increasing the facilities at hospitals and pathological laboratories.
A Division bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad gave instruction in a PIL seeking a direction to allow more private hospitals in Delhi to treat COVID-19 patients.
Petitioner Hitesh Bhardwaj in delhi high court also sought a direction to allow more pathological laboratories in Delhi to test for COVID-19 infection.
Petotioner was represented by Advocates Dr N Pradeep Sharma, Harsh K Sharma.
ASG Maninder Acharya with Standing Counsel Jasmeet Singh and Advocate Viplav Acharya represented Centre.
Additional Standing Counsel Anuj Aggarwal with Advocate Ankit Moga appeared for Delhi Government.
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In response to the PIL, the Delhi Government informed the Court that as per the Revised Guidelines for Home isolation issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India on May 10, very mild/pre-symptomatic patients could go into self-isolation if they have adequate facilities at their residence.
With respect to pathological labs, the Central Government submitted that that there were 13 Government pathological labs and 15 private labs in Delhi that were permitted to test COVID-19 suspected persons.
In view of the above, the Court opined that as of now, no interference was warranted in the matter and ordered,
“However, both, Union of India and the Delhi Government are directed to keep their hand on the pulse and keep a tab on the number of cases of COVID-19 that, as we understand, have spiked in Delhi in the past 48 hours so that facilities both at Hospitals and pathological laboratories are proportionately increased, as per the requirement of the patients.”
The Petition was accordingly disposed of.
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