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Covid-19: Delhi High Court asks Delhi govt to increase testing in areas reporting spike in cases

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The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi government to file a fresh affidavit with regard to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases district-wise in the capital and asked it to improve testing in areas where the cases are going up.

A two-judge bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said this while hearing a plea. The Court said,

“Keep focus on those areas, give us all other details as an update in your status report. In status report, you should indicate the districts in Delhi where number of cases have gone up. We expect you to increase the testing in those particular areas in districts where rate infection is higher. Doing random testing is one part, but, if the focus is not on those particular areas, that won’t help. So, please do focus on those areas.”

The court will hear the matter next on December 23. The court was hearing the plea filed by Rakesh Malhotra seeking increase in the Covid-19 testing numbers in the capital and getting results faster.

In the previous hearing, the Delhi High Court had directed the Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi to keep its focus on testing and tracing to deal with the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the capital.

The Delhi High Court had directed Delhi Government to ensure that hospital and labs do not take more than 24 hours to give results of tests and the said results are communicated to the patients by sending an SMS on their mobile phones within 24 hours.

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The Delhi Government, in its status report, which was filled previously had submitted,

“It has taken a decision not to impose night curfew in Delhi or some parts of Delhi. However, an order dated 28.11.2020 has been issued to maintain status-quo with respect to permitted/restricted activities in Delhi including celebrating festivals, marriages, the interstate movement of buses, etc. till 31.12.2020.”

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