HC tells Bengal to do more tests 

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Court says State govt. should follow the guidelines issued by WHO and ICMR 

  • Observing that the West Bengal government should take a deeper look at undertaking more COVID-19 tests on a “war footing”, the Calcutta High Court said the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) should be followed by all stakeholders. 
  • The view that WHO and ICMR being expert authorities in the field, their guidelines and advisories are required to be followed by all stakeholders including the State Administration and we are sure the same shall be done. 
  • The court’s order came in response to a clutch of PIL pteitions in which the petitioners had raised issues including the need for more testing, ensuring the protection of medical professionals and the State’s decision to set up an audit committee to look into all deaths of COVID-19 positive cases. 
  • The official respondents give a deeper look to the requirement of more number of samples being collected and subjected to tests on war footing. 
  • There are seven testing laboratories (including 5 government and 2 private) in the State and there are several more which are in the process of being developed.  
  • It is a matter of record that currently, as a result of the rise in the number of ICMR approved laboratories, more than 300 samples are being tested daily. 
  • The State had raised objections about maintainability stating that the petition was “actuated with political motives”.  
  • The court, however, overruled the objection asserting that “this is not an occasion or time for us to consider the maintainability of this writ petition and this is not a matter which should be thrown out at the threshold”. 
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