The Supreme Court Sunday issued directions to the Centre and state governments on the present COVID-19 situation in the country.
The apex court directed that no patient shall be denied hospitalisation or essential drugs in any State or UT for lack of local residential or identity proof.
The Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud asked the Centre to come up with a national policy on admissions to hospitals, within two weeks.
All the state governments will also follow the same. Until then no patients will be denied admission or essential drugs.
SC directs that the Cetre, in collaboration with State governments shall create a buffer stock of oxygen. This will be to ensure supply lines continue to function even in unforeseen circumstances.
Among a slew of measures, the top court also made the air clear on social media help posts. ” The Centre and states may also consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare,” the top court said.
It has directed that Central government and State governments shall notify all Chief Secretaries/DGP/Commissioners of Police that any clampdown on information on social media or harassment caused to individuals seeking/delivering help on any platform will attract a coercive exercise of jurisdiction by this Court.
Moreover, the Supreme Court has ordered to ensure that the deficit in the supply of oxygen to Delhi is rectified by midnight of May 3.