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COVID-19 Crisis | Supreme Court comes down hard on Centre: Key highlights

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud and comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat took up suo moto cognizance of the harsh second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India.

April 30, 2021 / 03:59 PM IST
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud and comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat took up suo moto cognizance of the issue on April 30.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud and comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat took up suo moto cognizance of the issue on April 30.

The Supreme Court, on April 30, came down hard on the Centre in regards to the COVID-19 crisis in the country. Among the issues addressed included free flow of information on the Internet and the pricing of COVID-19 vaccines.

India is in the middle of a harsh second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and saw a record high of 3.86 lakh new cases, 3,498 deaths in the past 24 hours. As many as 386,829 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking cumulative cases to 18,762,976 (1.87 crore), as per data from the Union Health Ministry on April 30.

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This comes even as patients continue to flock hospitals which have close to no open beds and are crippled by low supplies of oxygen and other lifesaving drugs.