Stringently follow up Covid patients, UK travelers: High Court

New Delhi: In the wake of the emergence of a new variant of Covid in the UK, the High Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi government to hold a stringent follow up of people who have to and fro from travel history to the country and, especially of those who tested positive.

A division bench of the high court presided by Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonioum Prasad directed the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government to ensure adequate testing and follow up checking of those who had tested Covid-19 positive.

The high court also asked the Delhi government to have in place the quarantine facilities near the Airport keeping in view the latest guidelines of the Center regarding the suspension of the flights from the UK while noting that many passengers have traveled from here in the meantime.

The observations were made while the bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by advocate Rakesh Malhotra seeking an increase in the Covid-19 testing numbers in the national capital and getting speedy results.

During the hearing, petitioner Rakesh Malhotra, who recently recovered from the virus, informed the court that many patients were developing post Covid-19 complications like the lungs suddenly getting affected, etc.

The Andhra Pradesh government also said it will trace, test and quarantine all the people who returned to the state from the UK, where a new strain of the coronavirus has been detected.

A day after recording the lowest number of cases since July, India on Wednesday witnessed 23,950 fresh cases, taking the overall tally to 1,00,99,066 cases.

India recorded 333 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally of fatalities to 1,46,444, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The number of recoveries in the past 24 hours were 26,895.

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