SC directs states to hold out hearth security audit of devoted COVID-19 hospitals


New Delhi, December 18

The Supreme Court on Friday directed all states to carry out fire safety audit of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals across the country to prevent fire incidents in medical institutions.

The Apex court also directed dedicated COVID-19 hospitals to take a no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department within four weeks and said that failure to do so will invite punitive action.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said those hospitals, whose fire NOC had expired, would have to get it renewed within four weeks.

The bench, also comprising justices RS Reddy and MR Shah, said that issue of political rallies and observance of COVID-19 guidelines will be looked into by the Election Commission.

The Apex Court had earlier taken cognisance of a fire incident in a designated COVID-19 hospital in Gujarat’s Rajkot in which several patients had died. PTI



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