Covid-19 situation “grim”, observes SC; Seeks report from Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam
Taking note of the worsening situation of Covid-19 in the country, the Supreme Court on Monday asked state governments to submit status reports on the current situation in the respective states. Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Assam have been asked to provide affidavits on the steps they have taken so far. All states should prepare for the coming months, the supreme court said, expressing concern as several states have reported a resurgence of the Covid-19 wave in November.
A bench of three judges headed by Judge Ashok Bhushan said: “It is time to introspect what we lack. Bear in mind that the situation is likely to turn bleak in the coming months. The situation is likely to get worse in the coming months. We believe that all States must be prepared for the coming months. In the last two weeks of November, deaths have increased in Delhi. Similar is the situation in other states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Assam, among other states. We need to know the situation today. “
The bank was listening to a suo moto petition about the management of medical care provided to Covid-19 patients and how to treat the bodies, after certain news reports showed unguarded bodies in the hospital. Pursuant to this petition, the Court ordered detailed steps for all states on June 19 and July 27 to constitute expert committees and install CCTV in Covid districts.
While most states had submitted compliance with these instructions, the bank sought the current status taking into account the increase in November and the expected increase in the coming months.
The Court also criticized the Gujarat government and wondered how it was allowing political celebrations, weddings at a time when the number of cases is increasing.
Responses must be submitted before the next hearing date set for Friday.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta recorded his anguish over the fact that a matter related to the dignified treatment of bodies should be supervised by this Court. “Where have we come? It is really a shame for humanity that a Constitutional Court has to deal with such an issue, “he said.