KOLKATA: The Calcutta high court on Friday urged the Bengal government to “give a deeper look” and test more samples on a war footing. The HC also sought a report from the state how it has “accelerated” the testing, given the revised ICMR and WHO guidelines of testing all asymptomatic contacts.
In a nine-page order on a PIL which questioned the state on several counts, the HC also sought the state’s response along with those of health personnel on the certification and the auditing of the reason behind death before issuing the death certificate for Covid-19 positive patients. “We are aware of various possibilities relatable to the cause of death and the necessity to identify the reason behind a particular death. However, we expect the Government to place their response in this regard with the views of the health personnel concerned,” a bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee said.
Earlier, the state government had told the bench that it had implemented the ICMR testing guidelines in which all symptomatic contacts, whether primary or secondary, and all asymptomatic primary contacts of Covid-19 positive patient would be tested. It also said it would test all cases detected to be SARI (Severe Acute Respiratory Illness). The state said it has already increased the number of tests to 300 a day which will be increased further. The Bengal government report to the HC also mentioned that there had been no reported case of community spread till now.
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