COVID-19 situation in Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and West Bengal 'deplorable': SC

A three-judge bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan issued notices to the central as well as the five state governments

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The Supreme Court has described the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and West Bengal  as 'deplorable'. It has sought response from the five states, pointing out reports of improper handling of COVID-19 patients and disposal of their bodies.


A three-judge bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan issued notices to the central as well as the five state governments, demanding answers from them by next Wednesday.

"COVID-19 patients are treated worse than animals. In one case, a body was found in the garbage. Patients are dying and nobody is there to even attend to them," the Supreme Court said.


It has described the handling of Coronavirus patients by Delhi government as "horrendous, horrific and pathetic". The apex court also cited reports highlighting the condition of medical wards in Delhi, where dead bodies were not only in wards, but were also found in lobby and waiting areas.


It also asked the Delhi government to explain the reduction in coronavirus testing in the city. "Why has your testing gone down from 7,000 to 5,000 a day when Chennai and Mumbai have increased their testing from 16,000 to 17,000?" the court asked.