In the wake of the second wave of Covid-19, the Supreme Court has directed the Central and state governments to consider imposing a ban on mass gatherings and super spreader events.
"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," the SC said.
"Having said that, we are cognizant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalised communities. Thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities," the apex court added.
The top court has asked the Central and state governments to put on record the efforts taken to curb the spread of the deadly virus and the measures that they plan on taking in the near future.
'No patient shall be denied hospitalisation'
On the Covid-19 crisis, the SC has said that no patient shall be denied hospitalisation or essential drugs in any state or Union Territory for lack of local residential or identity proof.
A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud directed the Central government to formulate a national policy on admissions to hospitals, within two weeks, which shall be followed by all state governments and till then no patients will be denied admission or essential drugs in absence of local residential or identity proof.
The top court, in its order, noted that gaining admission into a hospital with a bed is one of the biggest challenges being faced by most individuals during this second wave of the pandemic.