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SC seeks report from states over grim COVID-19 situation

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As the COVID-19 cases have seen a rapid upsurge across the country, the Supreme Court has asked the states to submit its report where the situation has turned ominous.

The SC has asked the governments of Delhi, Assam, Maharashtra and Gujarat to file a status report at the earliest. These states have to file affidavits on the steps taken by them to tackle the situation.

The apex court expressed concerns as COVID situation exacerbated in several states reporting a resurgence of Covid-19 wave in November. It said that all states, in the coming months, must prepare similar reports.

“The situation is likely to grow grim in the coming months. We are of the opinion that all states must be prepared for the coming months,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said.

The bench was hearing a suo moto petition on the management of medical care provided to Covid-19 patients and the way they are treating bodies.

It was reported in the media a few days ago about the apathy in hospitals while attending coronavirus patients. Certain news reports showed bodies lying unattended in the hospital.

Hence, the SC has asked the government of a few states especially Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Assam to justify their stand with a status report. These states need to divulge details on the current position of Covid-19 cases, facilities provided in hospitals and preparedness to deal with a spike of cases in coming months.

The next date of hearing has been scheduled on Friday and the states have to file the responses before that.

Few states have already imposed some strict guidelines in their states like night curfew and total lockdown on select days of the week. 

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