The Supreme Court on Monday observed that the pandemic situation is likely to worsen across the country in the coming months and States as well as the Centre must be well-equipped to deal with the Covid19 crisis.
In this light, a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy & MR Shah directed the States of Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat & Assam to file status reports with respect to the Covid19 cases in respective states, the ground situation for handling crisis as well as steps taken.
“All states have to be prepared to combat the situation of Covid19 which is likely to worsen and immediate steps required by all states. Status report be filed within two days. List on Friday,” Supreme Court directed.
“I understand this is not Us Vs. Them, its Us together but I want to tell Court that on 15th November, the Union Minister has taken some decisions and directions have been issued but Delhi needs to do more,” said the Law Officer.
Senior Advocate Sanjay Jain for GNCTD told Court that everything in Delhi was completely in place. “Dedicated slots for cremation of 380 Covid patients and they are attached to hospitals area wise, Great deal of upsurge for ICU hospitals, 80 percent ICU beds reserved for covid patients in private hospitals,” said Jain.
The directions were given in the suo moto case titled, “In Re: Proper Treatment of COVID-19 Patients and Dignified Handling of Dead Bodies in the Hospitals, etc”.