‘You were shaken out of slumber’: High Court raps Delhi govt over Covid-19 surge
Delhi government on Wednesday put a cap on a number of attendees to be allowed at a wedding as Covid-19 cases are rising in the city. Now, only 50 people will be allowed at weddings in Delhi, down from a cap of 200.Updated: Nov 19, 2020, 13:27 IST
Delhi High Court on Thursday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party-led government in the national capital over the ballooning cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Hitting out at the government over the delay in bringing measures to check the spread, the high court said, “You were shaken out of slumber, you turned turtle after we asked questions.”
“Why did you wait for 18 days to restrict the number of attendees at weddings? How many died of Covid-19 during this period?” the high court also asked the Delhi government, according to news agency PTI. The court also noted that the quantum of fine for not wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing does not appear to be a deterrent.
It said there appeared to be substantial disparity in monitoring and imposition of fines in certain districts as compared to others.
“What kind of monitoring and marshalling are you doing? Look at the situation seriously with a magnifying glass. You have crossed cities like New York and Sao Paolo,” the court said.
Delhi government on Wednesday put a cap on a number of attendees to be allowed at a wedding as Covid-19 cases are rising in the city. Now, only 50 people will be allowed at weddings in Delhi, down from a cap of 200.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal has given approval for the revised limit.
Since the last week of Delhi has been reeling under the third wave of Covid-19 when the cases of infection started to spurt. On October 28, the daily number of cases breached the 5,000-mark for the first time since the outbreak began. On November 11, the city reported another record hike as more than 8,000 were contracted the Covid-19 in a day.
As the infection tally in the Capital has been witnessing a steady spike, the Centre is also planning a house-to-house survey in Delhi. “Planning for house to house survey in Delhi in advanced stage, after Union Home Minister @AmitShah held meeting on Nov 15 on Delhi COVID situation. Survey expected to begin by the weekend and completed by 25 November,” the Union ministry of home affairs tweeted.
The Centre and Delhi government have also stepped-up testing to ensure early identification and treatment of Covid-19 patients.
On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 7,486 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the infection tally in the city to over five lakh, while 131 new fatalities, the highest single-day death count till date, pushed the toll to 7,943, authorities said.
The total number of cases has now climbed to 5,03,084.