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SC learns of the fire incident at the Covid hospital in Rajkot | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court learned on Friday of the Covid-19 hospital fire incident in Rajkot in which several patients died and requested a report from the Gujarat government on the matter.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared at the Center, assured the bank that the Union Secretary of the Interior will convene a meeting no later than Saturday and give instructions on fire safety in government hospitals across India.
Five coronavirus patients died after a fire broke out in the ICU of a designated Covid-19 hospital in Gujarat’s Rajkot in the early hours of Friday, said the state’s chief deputy minister, Nitin Patel.
Twenty-six other patients who were receiving treatment at the hospital were rescued and transferred to other facilities, he told reporters here.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, RS Reddy and MR Shah, while taking note of the increase in Covid19 cases in the country, said that states have to rise to the occasion and be above politics to make facing the pandemic.
It is high time that strict steps were taken to implement the policy, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to contain the increase in coronavirus cases across the country, the bank said.
Mehta told the bank that the current wave of Covid-19 appears to be harsher than before with ten states currently contributing 77 percent of all positive cases.
The bank noted that strict measures are needed to deal with the situation and published the matter for an additional hearing on December 1.
On November 23, the high court had said that the Covid-19 pandemic had “gotten worse” in Delhi and had “gotten out of control” in Gujarat and had ordered the Center and all states to notify it within two days of the measures adopted to contain the Situation at the national level.
The situation is likely to worsen in December and all states must be ready to “fight” it, the high court said while expressing concern about the increase in coronavirus cases across the country.
He had said that the court was of the opinion that all states and the Center should take immediate action.
The bank was listening to the matter in which it had learned about the need for adequate treatment of patients with Covid-19 and the dignified handling of corpses in hospitals.

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