The Delhi government decreased the daily COVID-19 testings from 7,000 to 5,000. On 12 June, the Supreme Court asked the reason for decreased testings from the Delhi government. It said that other cities which are equally affected like Mumbai, and Chennai have increased their daily COVID-19 testings from 16,000 to 17,000.
“We ask the State to ensure nobody is denied testing on technical reasons. Simplify the procedure, so more and more can test. It is the duty of the State to conduct testing, so more people know their health status,” a Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan told the Delhi government.
The court mentioned the reports of media, indicating an increased number of infected people across India. Hotspots in India are Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Chennai.
“The reports show horrific scenes from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in COVID-19 dedicated hospitals. The deplorable conditions of wards, the pathetic condition of patients… They are seen in wards with dead bodies in lobby and greeting areas. There is no oxygen or saline drip support. There is no one to attend the patients… The condition of a government hospital in Delhi with 200 beds is that only 17 beds are occupied… Patients are unable to get themselves admitted…” Justice Bhushan remarked.
“Nobody Is Denied Testings On Technical Reasons”
“What pains the court is no proper care or treatment is given,” Justice Bhushan.
The court further said that having enough number of beds will not be sufficient. It added that along with beds, States should have sufficient manpower and infrastructure. This will ensure that patients on the bed are being taken care of.
The court said the situation was grim in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. It also called the manner in which the dead bodies of COVID-19 patients were being disposed of by hospitals in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh as “deplorable”.
The court said there was no adherence to guidelines related to the disposal of bodies, no due care or concern was shown to the dead and relatives were not even informed for several days of the deaths of patients.
Further, the court asked the States of Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal and the LNJP Hospital in the national capital to file responses to these concerns. It listed the case for further hearing next week.