A writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking directives to set up Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratory in every district amid the coronavirus outbreak across the country.
Supreme Court Lawyer Moniruzzaman Lincoln filed the petition today (Thursday) with the virtual bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim.
The Secretaries of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance have been made respondents to the writ petition.
On May 6, a legal notice was sent to the authorities concerned to take necessary steps for setting up PCR labs in each district within five working days of receiving the notice.
Lincoln said, "The writ petition has been filed as no measure was taken after the legal notice was served."
"As PCR labs are not available in every district, samples of the patients with Covid-19 symptoms are being collected and sent to other districts. In most of the cases, it takes seven to 10 days to get the reports. It is not possible to identify whether a person is infected during this period," the notice said.