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Follow AAP govt circular ‘Don’t insist for COVID report during hospitalisation’: Delhi HC

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Follow AAP govt circular ‘Don’t insist for COVID report during hospitalisation’: Delhi HC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday directed all the hospitals in the national capital to “scrupulously follow” the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government’s circular on not to insist for COVID positive test reports before admitting patients showing symptoms of coronavirus infection.

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A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh also directed the Delhi government to “widely publicise” its April 23 circular on the matter.

The order comes while disposing of a PIL by Jaideep Ahuja seeking directions to the Delhi government to order hospitals not to insist on COVID positive reports to hospitalise patients who show symptoms of coronavirus.

The petitioner told the bench that the Uttar Pradesh government has passed such a direction on not insisting on RT-PCR positive test reports for admitting patients.

The Delhi government told the court that its Health department has issued a circular on April 23 directing hospitals in the city not to insist on COVID positive test reports to admit patients who are showing symptoms of coronavirus.

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The AAP-led government told the bench that such patients would be kept in a dedicated area, in hospitals, meant for suspected cases.

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