The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has expressed its displeasure over institutionally quarantined COVID-19 patients not following isolation norms, and directed for CCTVs to be installed in all such facilities in Nagpur.
A division bench of Justices Sunil Shukre and Avinash Gharote in its order on April 8, a copy of which was made available on Monday, said the installation of CCTV cameras would be useful to check the movements of quarantined patients in and out of their rooms.
The CCTVs shall be installed at the Maharashtra government’s expense and proposals for the same shall be prepared by the Nagpur collector and commissioner of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, the court said.
On April 8, the court was informed that in several institutional quarantine centres, COVID-19 patients were not following the isolation and social distancing norms and were seen roaming freely in the facility.
“It has been reported to us that because of such reckless and dangerous behaviour of some quarantined COVID-19 patients, those entrusted with the duty to look after these patients have started contracting COVID-19,” the court said.
“Such behaviour of quarantined COVID-19 patients is highly deplorable and needs to be dealt with in a very stringent manner by the authority concerned,” the HC said.
The court directed the Nagpur collector to take immediate steps to ensure quarantined COVID-19 patients are kept in strict isolation.