Coronavirus patients are being treated “worse than animals”, the Supreme Court said today as it pulled up the Delhi government over the “horrendous, horrific and pathetic” situation in the national capital amid a spurt in cases.
The situation is also “grim” in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, the top court said, seeking response from the four states and the central government as it took note of reports of improper handling of COVID-19 patients and disposal of bodies in the country.
“If dead bodies are being treated like this, dead bodies are found in the garbage! Media has highlighted these deplorable conditions. Worse than animals people are being treated,” Justice Shah said.
The bench also pulled up the Arvind Kejriwal-led government over the state’s reduced testing figures. “Tell us why testing numbers are reducing in Delhi,” Justice Shah told ASG Sanjay Jain appearing for the government.
“We call upon the state to increase the number of testing and those who require it should not be denied it…” Justice Kaul said.