COVID-19: Wrong to assume that the situation has returned to normal: Tripura High Court
Agartala: The High Court of Tripura on Tuesday observed that the positivity rate in the recent past is high and above 10 per cent of the samples tested when compared the beginning rate of around 6.75 per cent.
The division bench comprising chief justice Akhil Kureshi and justice Subhashish Talapatra was hearing the suo-moto case registered against covid-19 management in state.
"The people of the state should not get a false idea that there is a dramatic improvement in the coronavirus spread and that life should go back to normal. This would be a serious mistake with serious consequences", the court said.
The court also said that the comparison of these figures would show that over a period of time, the test conducted every day has come down substantially.
The court said this while talking about the data provided by the Tripura government, having the number of tests carried out, the persons found positive and the positive rate for the recent past.
In the period from September 9 to September 25 the samples tested per day ranged between 3,500 to 4,500 cases or in some cases more. In the period after September 25 the numbers have dwindled and hover around 2,000 per day.
Advocate general Arun Kanti Bhowmik apprised the court that this was mainly on account of the policy decisions taken by the government to discontinue testing every passenger arriving in Agartala by air or by other routes scenes. The positivity rate amongst travellers was found to be very low, and comparative cost and effort was much higher.
The court also said that the experts committee has submitted its report which contains a number of recommendations. A few shortcomings in the health administration have been pointed out, and matching recommendations for better management have been made.
The central committee had pointed out that certain critical equipment such as ventilators and X-ray and CT chest machines were either not installed or not in working condition, to which the advocate general orally stated that most of these defects had been rectified.
The court requested the state government to implement the recommendations made by the experts committee as early as possible and place an additional affidavit with further details on steps taken on recommendations of the central committee. The court has fixed the next date of hearing on October 13 next.