The Delhi government took “no effective preventive steps” to check the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, forcing the Union government to step in, read the centre’s affidavit to the Supreme Court.
The centre’s response came days after the country’s top court said “worse things will happen in December if states aren’t well prepared”, and sought status reports from Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Assam over the spike in coronavirus cases in these states.
The remarks of a three-judge bench, which heard the issue the court took up on its own, came amid a third and severe wave of COVID-19 that has claimed more than 2,300 lives in Delhi in the past month when overall cases rose to 5.5 lakh.
“Despite knowing that festivities and winter might lead to a surge, the Delhi government did not do enough. No timely measures were taken to increase ICU beds or testing capacity,” the centre states.
The Delhi government failed to enforce Union Health Ministry’s measures and was “lax in containing the spread”, the affidavit read.
Failures by the Delhi government constrained Union Home Minister Amit Shah to review COVID-19 situation on November 15 and ready a new plan, read the affidavit, which will be examined by the Supreme Court today.