Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court has asked the state government to submit a detailed report on the preparatory measures it has taken to tackle Covid-19, the novel coronavirus, which spread to more than 56 countries.
A division bench comprising CJ Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A. Abhishek Reddy was dealing the PILs complaining about the lackadaisical attitude of public authorities in controlling epidemic diseases like dengue, swine flu and malaria.
The court directed the govt to list the steps by March 6 initiated to detect the virus-infected persons, arrangements made to isolate the patients and to combat the coronavirus.
The bench expressed concern that the virus would affect the vulnerable if it entered the state. It appreciated the setting up of exit and entry screening at Shamshabad airport for detecting travellers entering the state with the infection.
The bench enquired that whether similar infrastructure had been set up in railway and bus stations.
Senior advocate Niranjan Reddy, told the court that infected persons would not be identified during screening as the time from symptom onset to hospitalisation would be more than 14 days and individuals may have asymptomatic infection that would not be detected by thermal scanning.