Supreme Court asks Centre to prepare for third wave that may affect children

Supreme Court asks Centre to prepare for third wave that may affect children
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The Supreme Court Friday asked the Centre to prepare for a looming third wave of COVID-19. The upcoming wave may predominantly affect children as per the experts. The court has now asked the Centre about its preparations to tackle the same.

The apex court stressed the importance of creating a buffer stock to prevent any further panic among the public.

India is already under the grip of a second coronavirus wave. The supreme court has directed the Centre to make a pan-India approach to prepare better for the third wave.

Emphasising that the basis of allocation of oxygen should be reassessed before the third wave strikes, Justice Chandrachud said, “There is a need to look at oxygen audit and also reassess the basis for oxygen reallocation.”

It basically asks to chalk out a way for the need of the various states. Warning the Centre of any errors in policy framing, the court said, “Prepare today to handle stage 3 of Covid. Children may be affected during the third wave, ensure vaccination of children. Bolster your infrastructure to deal with the third wave, rope in NEET aspirants and nurses.”

Centre on the other hand also informed the Supreme Court that it supplied 730 MT of oxygen instead of 700 MT to Delhi.

The court had sought an answer from the Centre over non-compliance with the order to provide 700 MT oxygen to Delhi.

The shortfall of oxygen has left a major blow to the country’s health infrastructure. Now the UK is sending three oxygen generation plants through its cargo plane.

As per experts, the upcoming wave will affect the children more. Therefore, the Supreme Court taking cognizance of the experts’ advice, asked the Centre about its plans.

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