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HC directive to Govt on asymptomatic patients
AJIT PATOWARY
 The Gauhati High Court on Monday directed the State government to submit whatever notifications it has issued so far on testing of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The matter is listed for August 3 next.

 Acting on a PIL petition (No- 40 of 2020) filed by advocate Daiyan Hussain, a practising lawyer of the Gauhati High Court, Chief Justice Ajay Lamba directed the government counsel to produce before the court on August 3 next the government notifications on the above issue.

The petitioner complained that there is no notification issued by the State government on testing asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The government has not issued any notification as to who to test and who not to test and there is no proper guideline for the testing of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The petitioner has also pleaded that the testing fee for determining COVID-19 at private hospitals be reduced to Rs 2,200 from the present Rs 4,500.

Delhi-based advocate Sumit Rajput represented the petitioner, while senior advocate Debojit Saikia represented the government in the case.

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