Thursday, October 21, 2021

SC asks Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam govts to file status reports on current COVID-19 situation in respective states

The Supreme Court today asked Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Assam governments to file status reports on the current COVID-19 situation in the respective states and preparedness to deal with surge of cases in the coming months.

A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan also pulled up the state governments over the worsening COVID-19 situation and asked all states to file status reports detailing steps they have taken, steps intended to be taken and the help needed from the Centre to combat the situation.

The Bench asked the Delhi government about steps taken to combat the spike of Covid and wanted to know about the present situation.

The Bench also observed that in the month of November there was a spike of COVID-19 cases in Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

It also noted Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s submission that the Union Home Minister has taken specific steps with regard to the COVID-19 situation in Delhi.

The bench, which was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the management of the COVID-19 crisis and mishandling of dead bodies, posted the matter for further hearing on Friday.

Justice Bhushan said things have worsened in the last two weeks in the national capital.

A status report as on date with regard to COVID-19 patient management infrastructure on the ground is needed to understand bottlenecks if any with regard to these patients management he said.

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