The Supreme Court warns that the situation could worsen as it requests status reports from the states of Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Assam.
The Supreme Court of India has angered regional governments, including Delhi, over the surge in COVID-19 cases, warning that the situation could worsen if authorities fail to address the pandemic effectively.
The court, which has taken on the issue itself, is looking for status reports from New Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Assam, which in some cases have seen increases in patient treatment and measures taken to alleviate the situation.
“We hear of a huge increase this month. We want a current status report from all countries. Worse can happen in December if states are not well prepared, “said the three-judge bank, according to NDTV.
The judges were particularly concerned about Delhi, which has surpassed India in infections and deaths.
“What additional efforts are you making? … Delhi has to answer many things, ”the judges told Delhi government lawyers in court.
India is currently the second most pandemic-hit country in the world after the US, with more than 9.1 million infections including 133,738 deaths.
The South Asian country reported 44,059 cases and 551 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Federal Ministry of Health.
More ovens and pyrene were made available at the main incinerator in Delhi, which reported 6,746 cases and 121 deaths on Monday.
Last week the federal government said it would bring doctors from other regions to the capital and nearly double the current test count of 60,000 to help fight the spread of the virus. It also said it would increase the number of ICU beds in the city, which has seen nearly 7,000 cases a day for the past few weeks.
The capital’s government has urged people to follow COVID-19 guidelines as the city witnessed the third wave of the virus, which killed more than a million people worldwide.
The western state of Gujarat was also beaten by the court, unfortunate that the government had allowed processions and political events in recent weeks.
Gujarat has also seen spikes in some cases, forcing authorities to impose night curfews in cities such as Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara.
Experts have attributed the increase to the festive season, dangerous pollution and drop in temperature.