‘They are being treated worse than animals,’ SC on COVID-19 treatment and disposal of bodies

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre and governments of NCT of Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu in the suo motu case on proper treatment of COVID-19 patients and disposal of bodies of persons who have succumbed to the virus, Bar and Bench reported.

No one to be denied of COVID-19 tests in Delhi

The SC has ordered the Delhi government to increase testing capacity in NCR and ensure nobody is denied of tests. 

The SC on Friday observed that it is the duty of every state government to increase COVID-19 testing and not keep people waiting for long to get tested.

“We are shocked by the deplorable manner in which many hospitals have handled COVID-19 patients’ bodies, said the apex court. 

“We are more concerned with living than dead. Look at the condition of hospitals. Bodies are there in the wards. Mumbai is testing 16,000 to 17,000, whereas in Delhi it is falling below 7,000. Media has highlighted this issue,” it added.

“They are being treated worse than animals!”

Justice Bhushan observed that in some states, bodies were found in garbage bins.

“They are being treated worse than animals!” Justice Ashok Bhushan said.

According to Bar and Bench, the Court note of an India TV news report aired on June 10, wherein the deplorable condition of medical wards in Delhi was shown. Dead bodies were found in the ward, lobby and waiting area, patients had no oxygen support, and no saline drips were shown with the bed, the Court noted, citing the report.