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Covid posters not needed at homes of patients: Supreme Court

During a hearing on the matter last week, the Supreme Court had noted that putting up posters could lead to the occupants being treated as “untouchables”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2020 1:55:54 am
Coronavirus, Coronavirus posters, Supreme Court on Coronavirus posters, SC on covid postersA poster outside a coronavirus patient's house in Vadodara. (Express Photo By Bhupendra Rana)

Taking note of the stigmatisation of Covid-19 patients on account of posters put up outside their homes while they are in isolation, the Supreme Court on Wednesday told states and Union Territories that they are not required to put up such signages unless ordered by the competent authority under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah referred to a letter from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on November 19 which, it said, does not contain any requirement of pasting posters outside homes of patients. “We only observe that no State or Union Territory is required to paste posters outside the residence of COVID-19 positive persons, as of now. The State Governments and Union Territories can resort the above exercise only when any direction is issued by the competent authority under the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” the court said.

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