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Consider RT-PCR tests for those travelling to other states, Delhi HC tells govt

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today directed the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the Delhi government to consider testing of people willing to travel inter-state.

The divisional bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad, while hearing the matter through video conferencing, noted: “The person traveling to other states cannot get an entry in many states if not tested for COVID-19 which is a curtailment of his right to travel.

The petitions sought directions for allowing the persons to get RT-PCR COVID-19 test as in view of the Unlock 3, the prohibitions with regards to intra and inter-state travel are being relaxed.

Advocate Satyakam, appearing for the Delhi government, submitted that according to the National Center for Disease Control, the Delhi government’s testing strategy is right and no change is needed.

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The bench has further directed the Delhi government to strategize on aspects of testing, who are asymptomatic traveling to other states and with regards to the migrant labourers, camps should be there either at the border or near the industrial areas, so that the COVID-19 is identified and segregated.

When they come back, things should be as easy as possible for them. We don’t want second round or second wave of infection,” Justice Kohli stated.

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Justice Kohli has also directed the ICMR to place on record analysis as to which way the infection is going in Delhi one day before the date of the next hearing.

The bench will be hearing the matter again on August 31.

-India Legal Bureau


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