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SC seeks report from Gujarat, others states over surge in COVID-19 cases


With the surge in COVID-19 cases reported from various states in the country after the festivities, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday warned that worse things will happen in December if the states are not well prepared.

The Supreme Court also demanded a status report from Gujarat, Delhi, Assam and Maharashtra in 48 hours over the spike in COVID-19 cases. The report should contain the present pandemic situation in the state, information about management of patients and steps taken to ease the situation.

The next hearing of the case is scheduled on November 27.

A three-judge bench of the apex court remarked, “We are hearing of a huge spike in the current month. We want the latest status report from all states. Worse things may happen in December if states aren’t well prepared.”

The court said the COVID situation in Delhi is worsening. To this, the Centre enumerated the measures taken by Union home minister Amit Shah to control the coronavirus crisis. The Centre putting the blame on the Arvind Kejriwal government said Delhi has a lot to answer.

SC slams Gujarat government

The top court also slammed the Gujarat government. The court remarked: “The Gujarat situation is next to Delhi. Worse situation. What action has been taken? What is happening in your state? What steps are you taking with respect to political events?”

Notably, Gujarat reported a considerable surge in COVID-19 cases post the festivities. The Gujarat government had to impose a weekend curfew in Ahmedabad and night curfews have been implemented in four cities—Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara—till further orders.

Also Read: 44,059 COVID-19 cases, 511 deaths reported in India in a day

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has requested people to abide by the government’s safety guidelines and comply with the night curfews.

India’s COVID-19 tally touches 91.39 lakh

The health ministry on Monday informed that 44,059 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 91.39 lakh.

So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.

Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.

1.33 lakh deaths due to COVID-19

Also, 511 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,33,738.


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