Gauhati High Court.

The Gauhati High Court has sought a response from the Assam government on Covid-19 situation in the tea gardens of the state before May 31, ND TV reported.

Several tea garden workers in Assam have tested positive for the Covid-19.

So far, 214 tea estates have opened Covid care centres on the government’s instructions.

At least 12 tea garden workers have succumbed to the Covid-19.

Officials have said the situation at tea garden seems to be “under control” but they are not ruling out the chances of a “further spread”.

A Gauhati High Court bench comprising Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak said: “Nevertheless we want a written reply from the state, which must come on record before the next date.”

“As far the Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) and their use in these tea gardens is concerned, we have absolutely no doubt that since the government already has the resources, these mobile medical units must be put in use for testing and other purposes in the tea gardens as well, if not already being done,” he said.

“The government in the counter affidavit must also show as to the test being done and what kind of test is being done for determination of COVID-19 infection,” the HC added.

The court was hearing a petition on issues relating to the present situation under amid Covid-19 pandemic in tea gardens of Assam.

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