Mumbai: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday questioned the Delhi government for unlocking almost everything despite the national capital reporting almost 8,000 new COVID-19 cases daily.
A bench of justices Hema Kohli and Subramonium Prasad questioned the Delhi government’s strategy of unlocking almost everything, including allowing 200 people to gather at weddings, allow public transport to operate at full capacity, tehbazaari and the gatherings were attended with no social disturbances and lack of masks.
“Rates in the city are capricious. The number of deaths is in double figures every day. If the Delhi Government believes that when matters are skyrocketing, then everyone is allowed to lockdown? Why have you opened everything? What strategies are you following?
“You (Delhi) have seen the heights which no other state in the country has seen. When the numbers are decreasing in all the states, why is the number increasing in your state only? There is either no control or lack of control, ”the bench said, overshadowing the Delhi government, represented by additional permanent counsel Satyakam. The court also said that the petitioner, advocate Rakesh Malhotra, was also infected with COVID-19 and had to run from pillar to post to arrange a bed near his house and later “had to settle for a friend’s nursing home in Dwarka after his oxygen level dipped due to the virus.”
“People are running helter-skelter without knowing anything. Everyone has children, elderly people at home and there is no such house left in Delhi, which has been touched by the virus. When other states are closing partial or weekend lockdowns, the Delhi government has decided to keep its wings open and allow all the gatherings,” the court said.
The court also said that the Sero Survival report suggested that one in four people in the city were affected by the virus. The Delhi government has said in its status report that there has been no or negligent change in the Sero Survival Report, but the central district of the city has seen an increase in the number of cases.
(With Agency Inputs)