The Supreme Court asked the Centre set up within 24 hours a portal for disseminating real time information on the pandemic to counter the panic being spread through fake news.
The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, asked the Centre to prevent migration of people due to coronavirus. “Panic will destroy more lives than the virus”, the top court said and asked the Centre to get trained counsellors and community leaders of all faiths to calm down the migrants, who are kept in shelter homes across the country.
It asked the Centre to prevent migration of people and take care of their needs of food, shelter, nourishment and medical aid. It was also stated that these shelters should be run by volunteers and not the police, and there should be no use of force and intimidation.
The Centre told the apex court that the suggestion by a petitioner to sprinkle water and chemicals on migrants to sanitise them does not work scientifically and is not the right way.
On the role of the High Courts, the Top Court, which had refused to restrain High Courts from taking up the issue of migrants, said they may monitor the issue more closely. It, however, asked the Centre to tell government lawyers to inform high courts about the orders passed by the apex court.