Covid: SC seeks outline from Himachal govt regarding remedy of patients – india news

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The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a status outline from the Himachal Pradesh government regarding the remedy of Covid-19 patients in different hospitals, infrastructure and facilities to be had therein.

A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah issued notice to the Himachal Pradesh government and asked it to dossier a status outline after an advocate apprised it that there are several issues like lack of oxygen, lack of beds in the state.

The bench, while taking note that guidelines with regard to wearing of masks and keeping social distancing don’t seem to be being followed in nearly all the states, asked the Centre and states to dossier suggestions in this regard in order that it can issue appropriate instructions to execute the guidelines and to verify the compliance.

“It has been pointed out that guidelines with regard to wearing of masks and keeping social distancing don’t seem to be being followed in nearly all the states. It is submitted that despite the fact that there are stringent regulations including imposing of fine on non-wearing of masks, yet desired results have not been achieved,” the bench famous in its order.

“It has also been submitted that there was large public gathering including political, devout, ceremonial where the social distancing is provided a go-bye and there are no appropriate mechanisms to check such social gatherings,” it added.

The order said that the Solicitor General and other counsel appearing for different states have requested time to give appropriate suggestions in order that appropriate instructions is also issued by the court to execute the guidelines and to verify the compliance.

“The suggestions is also provided by December 7, 2020,” it said.

The bench was once hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the management of Covid-19 crisis and mishandling of deceased bodies.

The court has posted the matter for hearing on December 9.

Throughout the hearing, the bench remarked that “many vegetable markets where social distancing is required but isn’t being followed, look into this from that angle – the issues of super spreader start from here. These are the most vulnerable spots.”

Senior Advocate KV Vishwanathan appearing for Delhi government contended that ICU beds now stand at 5,010.

Vishwanathan told the court that tests have gone up in Delhi.

“Cases are going down. Being monitored at highest. We don’t wish to be adversarial,” Vishwanathan said.

After an advocate said prices for Covid-19 tests and remedy want to be regulated in the Assam, the bench said that under Article 32 it cannot keep an eye on how much a hospital in the state charges.

Later, the bench asked the Assam government to see into if the issue of Covid-19 remedy charges will also be looked into and what will also be done approximately preventive measures to be taken right through political rallies.

The counsel also pointed out that Assam will see elections in the coming year and mechanisms want to be put in place in light of pandemic. The bench said it is going to pass an order in this regard.

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