Chennai: The Supreme Court today sought a status report from the Tamilnadu government in connection with 35 children of a shelter home in Chennai testing positive for Covid-19.
Taking a suo motu cognisance of the incident, a bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao said, “35 children have been detected with Covid in the shelter home in Tamilnadu. We want to know what steps have been taken in this regard by the State of Tamilnadu. We have been told it is because of the warden was covid positive.”
Also comprising Justices Krishna Murari and S. Ravindra Bhat, the bench ordered the Tamilnadu government to direct the State Heath Secretary to submit a status report on the issue of spread of Covid-19 in the shelter home and the steps taken to safeguard the health of the others. The court then adjourned the case to 15 June.
The apex court said that Juvenile Justice Committees of high courts will circulate a questionnaire among state governments and collect their feedback about the protection of children from Covid-19 in shelter homes.
In April, the Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the condition of children in protection, juvenile and foster or kinship homes across the country amid the coronavirus outbreak and had issued directions to the State governments and various other authorities to protect them.