Covid-19 tips on face masks & social distancing violated with impunity, says SC

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By: PTI | New Delhi |

December 3, 2020 9:19:50 pm

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Centre and Gujarat authorities, referred to the affidavit filed by the Central authorities and mentioned there are deficiencies which must be addressed by the states.People are violating “with impunity” the COVID-19 tips on carrying of face masks at public locations and should not adhering to social distancing norms, the Supreme Court mentioned on Thursday whereas pulling up the authorities for not making certain strict compliance of those measures to comprise coronavirus.
The apex courtroom questioned the authorities over massive gatherings together with political and social in the course of the pandemic time and mentioned the Centre and states ought to give strategies in order that acceptable instructions could be issued to implement these tips and likewise for making certain its compliance.
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“You give suggestions on what is needed to be done for implementation of these guidelines on face masks and gatherings. People are violating them with impunity. What should be done you tell us. We will fill up the gaps,” a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned.
The high courtroom mentioned there are tips on this regard however the issue is of lack of will to strictly implement them.
The bench, additionally comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, made the remarks whereas listening to a matter by which the apex courtroom had taken cognisance on the problem of correct therapy of COVID-19 sufferers and dignified dealing with of useless our bodies in hospitals.
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The high courtroom mentioned there are tips on this regard however the issue is of lack of will to strictly implement them.
“These guidelines are not implemented strictly,” the bench noticed.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Centre and Gujarat authorities, referred to the affidavit filed by the Central authorities and mentioned there are deficiencies which must be addressed by the states.
“It has been pointed out that guidelines with regard to wearing of masks and keeping social distancing are not being followed in almost all of the states. It is submitted that even though there are stringent regulations including imposing of fine on non-wearing of masks, yet desired results have not been achieved. It has also been submitted that there has been large public gathering including political, religious, ceremonial where the social distancing is given a go-bye and there are no appropriate mechanism to check such social gatherings,” the bench famous in its order.
“The Solicitor General and other counsel appearing for different states have requested time to give appropriate suggestions in the above regard so that appropriate directions may be issued by this court to implement the guidelines and to ensure the compliance. The suggestions may be given by December 7,” the bench mentioned and posted the matter for listening to on December 9.
Mehta referred to a different affidavit filed by the Centre on the problem of fireside security measures in hospitals throughout the nation and mentioned acceptable directives have been issued to the states and Union Territories (UTs).
“I must not present a rosy picture that everything is fine. There are deficiencies,” Mehta instructed the bench.
The bench noticed, “You have to find out how many COVID hospitals are without proper fire safety measures”.
The high courtroom had on November 27 taken cognisance of the fireplace incident in a chosen COVID-19 hospital in Gujarat’s Rajkot by which a number of sufferers had died and had additionally raised the problem of lack of correct fireplace security measures in hospitals throughout the nation.
During the listening to carried out via video-conferencing on Thursday, the bench was instructed by one of many attorneys that there’s lack of oxygen provide and hospital beds in Himachal Pradesh to take care of COVID-19.
Mehta mentioned this concern ought to be dropped at the discover of the Union Health Ministry and it might be instantly sorted out administratively.
“Issue notice to the state of Himachal Pradesh to file a status report regarding treatment of COVID patients in different hospitals, infrastructure and facilities available therein,” the bench mentioned.
The concern of regulation of price for COVID-19 therapy in personal hospitals in Assam was additionally dropped at the discover of the apex courtroom.
“These are issues for the state to take action. We under Article 32 cannot regulate hospital charges. It is for the states to look into this,” the bench mentioned.
The lawyer, who raised the problem of cash charged by some personal hospitals in Assam for therapy of COVID-19, mentioned meeting election is slated within the state subsequent 12 months and the authority ought to concern some route concerning rallies by political events in order that there isn’t any massive gathering.

“We have asked all stake holders to give their suggestions on gatherings,” the bench mentioned.
The bench requested the counsel showing for Assam to take directions on the problem raised earlier than it concerning exorbitant cash being charged by personal hospitals for therapy of COVID-19 and likewise on election rallies.
Earlier, the apex courtroom had expressed concern over the spurt in variety of COVID-19 circumstances throughout the nation.
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