The Supreme Court Friday said that Covid-19 pandemic has spread like a “wild fire” in the country due to lack of implementation of guidelines and standard operating procedure (SoPs) issued to contain it. Calling for more vigilance and surveillance, the bench said if the authorities decide to impose curfew or lockdown, it must be announced in advance so that people may make provisions for their livelihood. The apex court said strict and stern action should be taken against those who are violating Covid-19 guidelines abd SOPs, irrespective of their position. The bench said there should be more police personnel at food courts, eateries, vegetable markets, sabzi mandis, bus stations, railway stations etc as these are the places which are seeing gathering of people. No permission shall be granted for any celebration as far as possible, the SC noted adding that there should be mechanism in place to check the number of people attending such gathering. The bench also observed that there shall be more and more testing and the focus should be to declare correct facts and figures. “One must be transparent in number of testing and declaring the facts and figures of the persons who are Corona positive. Otherwise, the people will be misled and they will be under impression that everything is all right and they will become negligenct,” the bench noted.