The Telangana High Court on Monday asked the State government to take a call in the next forty-eight hours on imposing a night curfew/ weekend lockdown in the State in view of COVID-19.
If the same is not done, the Court will be compelled to issue directions to that effect, a Bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Vijaysen Reddy told Advocate General BS Prasad.
The Court also directed the Secretary, Health Department to file a comprehensive affidavit on various aspects including directions issued to those who attended the Kumbh Mela, arrangements made to ferry underprivileged patients for check-ups, appointment of Nodal Officers in private hospitals for patents to contact in case they need help, storage of medicines which have been recovered during raids, establishment of public kitchens to supply food to people quarantining at home, list of COVID isolation centres, oxygen cylinder availability, reducing turnaround time for RT-PCR testing etc.
The said report has to be submitted on or before April 22.
The Court further ordered that the affidavit submitted by the Director, Public Health would be re-examined on the next date after receiving the report from the Health Secretary.
Further, both the Health Department Secretary and the Director, Public Health have been asked to be personally present before the Court on the next date of hearing.
Additionally, the High Court proceeded to record the following:
- No response was received on steps taken to contain occupancy at Pubs, Restaurants, Cinema halls etc., up to 50% or 1/3rd of its total capacity,
- No statements filed showing the number of RAT, RT-PCR, CBNAT, TRUNAT tests conducted between April 1-14,
- No directions issued by state to monitor the virus at inter-state bus terminals, railway stations etc.
- State has taken no decision to seal state borders with States where COVID cases have sky rocketed.
The matter will now be heard on April 23.