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“File Status Report On COVID19 Situation,” SC To Governments Of Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat And Assam

Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the governments of Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Assam to file a status report on the current COVID-19 status in the respective states and set out to deal with the escalation of cases in the coming months.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan pulled up Gujarat and Delhi over the deteriorating COVID-19 situation and asked all the states to file status reports which they have taken and the Center has taken steps to deal with the situation.  

The bench asked the Delhi government, “Things have worsened in the last two weeks. Our question is what is your current situation? What other steps are you taking?”

The bench also said that there was a spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, Maharashtra, and Gujarat in November. It also noted the subordination of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the Union Home Minister has taken specific steps about the COVID-19 situation in Delhi.

The bench said, “Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Assam appear to counsel for file status reports regarding the current COVID-19 status.”

Noting that Gujarat is the worst state after Delhi and Maharashtra, the bench pulled up the Gujarat government for allowing weddings and ceremonies despite increasing cases of COVID-19.

“What’s your policy? What’s happening? What’s it all about?” Justice MR Shah asked the counsel appearing for the state.

The bench, which is hearing a case related to the management of the COVID-19 crisis and misuse of bodies, posted the matter for hearing on Friday.

Justice Bhushan said that the situation has worsened in the last two weeks in the national capital. He said, “We need a status report on COVID-19 patient management, infrastructure on the ground, bottlenecks, etc. about the management of these patients.”

The court was also told that the situation in Assam is “critical” and the situation is not improving as hospitals are inferior to intensive care units.

(With ANI Inputs)

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