The Additional Solicitor General UA Aurangabadkar opposed the intervention application filed by Dr. Maraar for rapid antibody tests. He has sought some time to file the reply for the same. The court has given time to ICMR to take the expeditious decision on the grant of approval to the Viral Research & Diagnostic Laboratory facilities for testing of COVID-19 at Akola, Yavatmal, Chandrapur and Govt. Medical College, Nagpur. The court also directed the Respondents to abide by previous directions in their true spirit.
Amicus Curiae Anup Gilda responded to the advisory issued by ICMR which relates to antibody tests for COVID-19. He emphasised on the supply of Prevention and Protective Equipment kit. Gilda said that the doctors, nursing staff and sanitation workers must be supplied with PPE kits since they work where infected patients are treated. He advised that the antibody-based test should be conducted as its result are available within 30 minutes. The same will facilitate fast action. Whereas, Petitioner’s Counsel Ram Heda suggested that the wearing of masks should be made mandatory in public places.