Today, the Supreme Court said that the coronavirus patients are being treated “worse than animals” and sought response from four states including the national capital. The top court said the situation of Delhi is “horrendous, horrific and pathetic.” The situation of Maharashtra, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu is “grim.”
This afternoon, the court told the Arvind Kejiriwal government, “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.” It also asked the government to explain the fall in 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. The court emphasized on the coronavirus tests and said that the “procedure can be simplified so that more and more tests are done”.
Delhi is presently at the third highest position in the India after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with 34,687 patients so far. The death toll has passed 1085 in the capital state. However, the AAP government claimed that the city is prepared to tackle the pandemic.
Slamming the AAP government for not following the Union Health Ministry’s guidelines, the top court said: “The situation in Delhi is horrendous, horrific and pathetic. (There is a) very sorry state of affairs in its hospitals that aren’t giving due care and concern to the bodies. Patients’ families aren’t even informed about deaths. Families haven’t been able to attend the last rites too in some cases.”
“Patients are running from pillar to post to get admitted while large numbers of beds are vacant. According to some reports, a government hospital in Delhi had bodies in the lobby and waiting area. Inside the ward, most beds were unoccupied,” it added.