The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court while deciding a Civil Application in Suo Motu PIL has directed Labs conducting RTPCR tests to send the results on whatsapp followed by a hard copy.
The Bench has further directed that reports of positive patients should be uploaded on ICMR website within 24 hours and the test reports of negative patients should be uploaded within 7 days. Para 4 of the orders is reproduced below:
“4. Hence, we direct that after making the reports available to the patients on Whatsapp as also hard copy of it, the reports of the patients, who test positive shall be uploaded on the ICMR portal within 24 hours and the reports of the patients who test negative should be uploaded on the ICMR portal within 7 days and if these directions are not complied with by the laboratories, the authorities will be free to take appropriate action against the concerned laboratories, as deemed fit by the concerned authority. This arrangement shall continue until further orders.”
Copy of the order