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Direct Labs/Hospitals to Inform Persons Who Come for COVID-19 Test to be in Home Quarantine Till Results: Karnataka HC to Govt

Observing that the State and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should take all possible steps to reduce time required for making available Covid-19 test reports, the Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the state to issue directions to laboratories and hospitals to inform those coming for the swab test about their obligation to go for home isolation till the report is available. In its written submission the state government informed the court that it has issued an order under section 24 (f) of the disaster management act directing private hospitals to reserve 50 percent beds for State and BBMP to be used for treating Covid-19 patients. The bench has also asked the state to issue a direction to private hospitals that non-covid-19 patients cannot be refused treatment by private hospitals unless they bring a test report of covid-19, test.

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