Mumbai: Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Wednesday said that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is a “silent killer” and informed that he was still suffering after catching the virus nearly a month ago.
“Omicron is a silent killer, you know. I suffered in the first wave but recovered in four days, but now, in this wave, it has been 25 days and I am still suffering,” Chief Justice Ramana said.
His remarks Senior advocate Vikas Singh, who heads the Supreme Court Bar Association, urged the Supreme Court to return to full physical hearing with the decline in cases. Currently, the hearings are taking place in a hybrid style, with physical listening twice a week and the rest online listening.
The Chief Justice pointed out that there was a “jump of 15,000 cases now”.
“It is Omicron, it is much milder,” Mr Singh replied.
When the CJI spoke about the consequences even after this, the lawyer said: “Your dominance in this regard has been unfortunate. But people are recovering.”
Chief Justice Ramana then said: “We will see.”
In January, the Supreme Court was hit by the Covid wave, with 10 judges testing positive and the positivity rate among staff rising to 30 per cent.