COVID-19: The Supreme Court has ordered the Centre to ensure that oxygen is available and that vital medicines are available in Delhi.

The Supreme Court has ordered the Centre to confirm that the GNCTD’s oxygen supply is restored by midnight on May 3, 2021. In its Suo Motu petition, the Supreme Court issued a slew of directives.

Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, L. Nageswara Rao, and S. Ravindra Bhat of a three-judge bench have ordered the Government to develop a national strategy on hospital admissions under two weeks, which will be adopted by all state governments.

The Supreme Court also ordered the Central Government to review and reply to all other concerns raised in the order till the next court hearing, which is May 10, 2021, along with the oxygen availability, vaccine cost and availability, and necessary medicines at reasonable prices.

It instructed the Centre to provide the Amicus Curiae with copies of all affidavits in advance.The Court also ordered the Central Government and state governments to inform all Chief Secretaries/Directors General of Police/Commissioners of Police that any crackdown on information through social media or abuse of persons seeking/delivering support on any medium would result in this Court exercising coercive jurisdiction.

In the Suo Motu petition on the oxygen supply, providing the benefits of vital medicines, and revamping vaccination methodologies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, the Court issued these directives.

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