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Supreme Court Observes Worsened COVID-19 situation; Directs States & Center to Gear Up in order to Combat COVID-19

Lawstreet Journal 25 Nov 2020 9:08pm

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The Supreme Court on Monday (November 23, 2020), observed that in the coming months, the pandemic situation is likely to worsen across the country. Hence, States as well as the Center must take adequate steps and be well-equipped to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. 

In this light, a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy & MR Shah hearing a Suo Moto Petition "In Re: Proper Treatment of COVID-19 Patients and Dignified Handling of Dead Bodies in the Hospitals, etc"directed the States of Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat & Assam to file status reports with respect to the COVID-19 cases in respective states within two daysdetailing the steps taken, steps intended to be taken, and the help needed from the Center to combat the situation. 

Earlier, the bench ordered detailed steps for all states on June 19 and July 27 to constitute expert committees and install CCTVs in COVID wards. The Court also observed that the affidavit filed by the Center did not give details of compliance with respect to the directions passed by the bench on June 19, 2020.

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta while expressing his grief said that a matter concerning dignified treatment of bodies should come to be monitored by this Court. "Where have we reached. It’s really unfortunate for humanity that a Constitutional Court has to deal with such a matter," he said.

The SG told the Court that the Center had taken steps in the State of Delhi to manage the situation and that Delhi needed to do more as the cases were rising.

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