One week quarantine mandatory for health workers; issue order tomorrow: SC to Centre
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has instructed the central government to implement one-week quarantine for doctors and nurses who maintain direct contact with COVID-19 patients.
After one week, they should be tested and should be followed up with all the necessary actions, the apex court said. The top court also instructed the government to issue an order regarding this the following day itself.
The Solicitor General told the apex court that the government has arranged for quarantining facilities for health care workers including in five star hotels. The central government also made it clear that criminal charges will be applied, as per the National Disaster Management Act, on those institutions who are reluctant to give regular salary to its health care workers.
The Solicitor General also informed the Supreme Court that Chief Secretaries of states have been asked to ensure that health workers are paid their salaries and that strict action will be taken against those who violate this order.
The Supreme Court’s order was in response to a petition filed by Dr. Jerrial Benniat and Arushi Jain. The court also said that the petition shall be considered again after 4 weeks.