The Order of the Supreme Court in the day-long hearing on the Suo Motu case is out. The Court has touched on various aspects of COVID control including national admission policy, availability of oxygen etc., which are covered by us in separate stories.
In the Order of the Court, considering the continuing surge of infections in the second wave of the pandemic, the bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice L Nageshwar Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhatt directed the Central Government and State Governments to put on record the efforts taken to curb the spread of the virus and the measures that they plan on taking in the near future.
Alongwith this the Court has suggested Central Government for imposing lockdown, the Court observed:
At the same time, we would seriously urge the Central and State Governments to consider imposing a ban on mass gatherings and super spreader events. They may also consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare. Having said that, we are cognizant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalized communities. Thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities