Disinfection tunnels don’t kill virus, cause harm, govt tells SC

by Times of India

NEW DELHI: A walk through disinfection tunnels to get the reassuring feeling of being shielded from coronavirus could actually prove deadly as it does not kill the virus but could cause physical and psychological damage, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Monday.

Citing expert opinion, the health ministry, through solicitor general Tushar Mehta, told a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R S Reddy and M R Shah that spraying disinfectant on humans was not recommended under any circumstance. Also, spraying disinfectant on pathways and outer areas of a house had no tangible effect against coronavirus, he added.

Hearing a PIL by Gursimran Singh Narula seeking ban on the use of disinfection tunnels, the bench asked Mehta if the Centre was aware of the ill-effects of such tunnels on humans since April, why had it not issued guidelines to states to stop using these.

“It is still being used in district hospitals of Gujarat. You must issue instructions to stop installation of disinfection tunnels in all states,” Justice Shah said. Mehta assured the court that directions would soon be issued to states to stop use of disinfection tunnels.

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