Give ‘real picture’ of Covid situation, HC tells Gujarat government

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AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court has asked the Vijay Rupani government to be honest and transparent in its dialogue with the public and give a “real picture” of the number of Covid-19 patients and deaths caused by the pandemic in the state.
In its order passed on Friday on a suo motu PIL on the Covid-19 situation, the bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav Karia highlighted certain issues that the government must focus on to control the pandemic situation and directed that “accurate data on RT-PCR testing with correct figures of positive results” be made public. “The state should not feel shy of publishing the correct data of testing results, if such figures are not being correctly reported,” it said.
The HC also said, “The state has nothing to gain by hiding the real picture and hence suppression and concealment of accurate data would generate more serious problems including fear, loss of trust, panic among the public at large.” It said that to set things right, the government “needs to have honest and transparent dialogue with the public”.
The judges said the government is “not responsible for the increase in cases, but it should publish actual data on the cases in order to remove the public perception that the data given by the state is not accurate”.

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