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The state of affairs in Delhis Covid-19 hospitals is horrific: SC

The state of affairs in Delhis Covid-19 hospitals is horrific: SC

"Equally, the respondents may also depute its officers who may help the Committee and give their inputs to the said Committee.The Committee shall also be entitled to take the help/assistance of such other persons as may be deemed necessary in this exercise", Court added.

The decision came after the Delhi Medical Association wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying the move will harm the healthcare needs of non-COVID patients.

"Patients are crying with pain and there is nobody to attend".

Relatives perform last rites of a family member who died of COVID-19 in New Delhi, June 14, 2020.

The bench termed the situation in Delhi as "horrendous, horrific and pathetic" and reproached the Arvind Kejriwal led-government for patients being placed alongside stacks of dead bodies in the hospitals.

"... If dead bodies are being treated like this, bodies are being found in garbage..." There are many cases where sources are not known.

The apex court noted that there is a problem with the way the pandemic was being fought in the national capital. "Why are tests so less in Delhi?"

"Negotiation between employees and employers regarding wage payment to be facilitated by the state governments' labour departments", the court said.

The Delhi government might need to arrange at least 60,000 beds for coronavirus patients in the next 52 days, starting from June 10, as per the analysis based on recent statements made by Delhi CM and Deputy CM.

Saturday was the second consecutive day that Delhi's cases rose by over 2,000 after Friday when the city recorded 2,137 new cases-its biggest spike yet.

The national capital is the third most-affected state, after Maharashtra (1.05 lakh cases, 3,830 deaths) and Tamil Nadu (42,687 cases, 397 deaths). This facility may be created by the end of June by when Delhi is expecting the number of COVID-19 cases to rise to 1 lakh and the requirement of beds is expected to go up to 15,000.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.R. Shah asked the employers to negotiate a settlement with their employees.

The top court emphasized that "piecemeal consideration" can not be made, and Centre and state governments should circulate court order through labour departments to facilitate settlements.

Court while passing the directions also stated that "the petitioners (Hotels) shall be entitled to depute one officer each to highlight their concerns to this Committee".