COVID infections at children’s home: SC pulls up TN health secy

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today (July 21) asked Tamil Nadu’s health secretary to explain why precautions were not taken at the government-run shelter for children in Royapurum, Chennai, to prevent COVID infections. A total of 35 children have tested positive for Coronavirus in the home.

The bench, comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat, was hearing a suo motu writ petition, titled ‘Contagion of Covid-19 Virus in Child Protection Homes’.

During the course of today’s hearing, the bench directed Amicus Gaurav Agarwal to file a note compiling ‘good practices’ being followed in each state and to also come up with more suggestions. The bench also directed the Centre to file an affidavit within two weeks on funds provided by it for shelter homes for children.

The matter has been listed for next hearing on August 13.

The case of the 35 infected children had been brought to the notice of the court on June 11. The bench had also sought status reports from different state governments on steps taken to protect children in shelter homes from the deadly Novel Coronavirus.

– India Legal Bureau

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