Agartala: The Tripura High Court has directed the state government to submit a report detailing the Covid-19 situation and the measures undertaken following the advice of the central expert team.
A division bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice Shubhashish Talapatra fixed October 5 for the next hearing.
The court had earlier registered a suo-motto PIL based on the media reports on the mismanagement in the Covid hospital, inadequate care and treatment of patients and sudden spike in deaths, allegedly due to disruption of oxygen supply in the ICUs.
The Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik, however, informed the media that the government would submit an affidavit detailing the steps taken to implement the recommendations put forth by the central medical team and also apprise the court on the steps taken by the authorities to improve the Covid management.
The Covid-19 situation in Tripura had triggered panic following the sudden surge in infections and deaths.
Taking note of the reports of mismanagement and allegations by the patients in the Covid hospital, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sent a team of experts to Tripura to oversee the situation.
Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik, representing the state in the high court, said the Covid-19 tests at the railway stations and airport was stopped as the cost of such test was deemed unviable after positivity rate among passengers was found to be less than one percent.
The court observed that unlike the safety measures, such as wearing a seat belt in a car or helmet on a two wheeler, where people risk his own personal security, not abiding by the government order of wearing a mask in public, they expose not only themselves to risks, but also other members of society by their careless behaviour.
Coronavirus has claimed 274 lives in Tripura and the overall positive cases have jumped to 25000.