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Don't insist on mobile numbers, ID proof for COVID-19 testing of mentally ill homeless: Delhi HC to ICMR

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the ICMR to come out with a clarification that mobile number, government-issued identity card, photographs or even residential proof ought not be insisted upon for COVID-19 test of mentally ill homeless persons. According to an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advisory of June 19 every person who was to be tested for COVID-19 has to provide a government-issued identity proof and should have a valid phone number for tracing and tracking the individual and his/her contacts.    A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said that ICMR should issue a clarification by way of a circular or an office order that the identity proof, address proof and mobile number are not required for testing mentally ill homeless persons.

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