Covid-19: Telangana HC tells govt to restrict gatherings to 100

Hyderabad: Amid the surge of COVID-19 cases, the Telangana High Court on Thursday took a strong note of the growing number of cases in the state.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Vijaysen Reddy asked the state government to strictly implement ICMR guidelines in the state to prevent the spread of the virus.

The court directed the government to restrict the gathering at functions and at funerals to 100 and adhere to ICMR norms.

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It also asked the state government to categorize all areas with the most number of Covid 19 cases as containment zones and take steps for the prevention of the virus accordingly.

A division bench of the HC has also asked the state government to perform 50,000 RTPCR tests every day. The HC passed these orders while dealing with a batch of PILs filed by various persons.

Arguing the case on behalf of one of the petitioners, lawyer Chikkudu Prabhakar told the HC that the medical bulletin released on March 6, 7 11, 12 and 13th of this month clearly showed that the state government didn’t perform 50,000 tests per day despite the High Court’s orders.

He urged the HC to consider the non compliance of the orders as contempt of court and initiate action against the officials concerned.

However, the advocate general of the state told the HC that they were following the orders of the court and conducting the requisite number of tests.

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