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SC asks Delhi, Assam, Maharashtra, Gujarat to submit status report on covid-19 preparedness amidst spike in cases

The apex court bench comprising Justices R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah also questioned the Delhi Counsel

Expressing concern over the rising covid-19 cases in the country, the Supreme Court on Monday sought status report over the Covid-19 situation from the states of Delhi, Assam, Maharashtra, and Gujarat within the next two days.

A three-judge bench Justice Ashok Bhushan observed in the court “We are hearing huge spike in the current month throughout the country, especially in the States of Delhi, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Worse things may happen in December if states aren't well prepared."

The apex court bench comprising Justices R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah also questioned the Delhi Counsel, “We want to know how are you managing the situation. How are hospitals treating patients? Are there enough beds?"

The counsel for Delhi Government submitted that in all the hospitals special beds have been reserved for COVID 19 patients.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, representing Delhi, submitted that in all the hospitals' special beds have been reserved for COVID 19 patients. He added that 80 percent of beds have been reserved for Covid patients in all the 115 private hospitals. Earlier there were only 33 such hospitals with beds reserved for Covid infected patients.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Centre, apprised the top court that the Home Minister held a meeting on 13 November issued and various directives have been issued.

The court took on note the submissions made by Mehta that the Union of India through Home Ministry has already taken steps with regard to the situation in Delhi and several measures have been taken by the Central Government. The court granted time to Mehta to file an affidavit to bring the status of Covid cases in the country especially Delhi.

The court took note of the submissions that the situation in the month of December is likely to worsen and all States have to be prepared to combat the worsened situation regarding Covid 19. It said in its order, “We are of the view that the immediate steps are required to be taken by all the States as well as by the Union of India."

The court granted time to the States of Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Assam to also file a status report regarding the present situation of the Covid cases and steps taken to mitigate the situation. The State governments are to file a report on the patient’s management, arrangements made in hospitals, and what all measures the states have taken as preparedness to tackle the rise of covid-19 cases.

The order was passed while hearing the suo-motu cognizance case taken on various reports highlighting the ill-treatment of corona patients and manhandling of dead bodies.

The case will be heard next on Friday.


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