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The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has directed authorities in Nagpur to install CCTVs at quarantine centres to ensure COVID-19 patients at these centres follow norms. The court was hearing a suo moto petition, which was taken up last year on the issue of COVID-19 pandemic and the condition of hospitals.
The bench consisting Justice Avinash Gharote and Justice Sunil Shukre in its order on April 8, a copy of which was made available on Monday, said that the cameras would be useful in checking the movements of the quarantined patients in and out of their rooms.
The court said: “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.”It added, “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 court directed Nagpur District Collector and Nagpur Municipal Corporation to prepare proposals for installing CCTVs, which will be installed at the expense of Maharashtra Government. The court also directed for regular inspection of all institutional quarantine centres in Nagpur by an appropriate team with a mandate to take action then and there.