The Gujarat High Court has flagged the inaccurate data being provided by the state government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and has remarked that the state should not shy away from publishing accurate data.
In an order that was made available Friday, the high court’s division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav Karia said, “Accurate reporting of RTPCR testing with correct figures of positive results be made public.”
Restore confidence of people
The bench remarked, “We know that the State is not responsible for increase in upward swing of Covid patients, but at the same time the State should publish data by making efforts to find out actual number of Covid positive cases so as to remove general conception from the minds of the people that data given by the State is not accurate.”
“Necessary arrangements should be made by issuing statement by responsible officer of the State with regard to the number of positive Covid patients, number of deaths due to Covid and number of deaths due to Covid with comorbidity so that faith and trust can be restored in the minds of public at large,” the bench added.
Declare accurate data, HC tells Gujarat govt
The bench said, “The State must come up publicly in a transparent and fair manner with complete details with regard to availability and modalities of the required amenities, medication and related infrastructure for the treatment of the Covid patients, who require either facility of Covid care center, hospitalization with oxygen, ventilator, medicines, etc.”
“Any material or facility or infrastructure, if lacking in required numbers should be accepted by the State publicly and remedial steps should be taken immediately to improve the situation. The State should take up the onus of declaring the accurate data so as to eliminate the others from propagating the same with spice and causing panic amongst the people,” it added.
Gujarat government needs to be honest
The bench also said that the Gujarat government needs to be honest. The court said, “The State has nothing to gain by hiding real picture and hence suppression and concealment of accurate data would generate more serious problems including fear, loss of trust, panic amongst public at large.”
The next hearing of the matter is scheduled on Tuesday.
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