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Allahabad High Court got panic over COVID situation in Uttar Pradesh; propose 'selective' lockdown

By Bhumika Bansal


The HC has asked the chief secretary to come up with a "roadmap" in terms with monitoring made by the court in the order to contain from now onwards and file the affidavit by Friday when the next hearing has been planned.



LUCKNOW: The Allahabad High Court expressed worry over the COVID situation in Uttar Pradesh and in multiple remarks suggested the government to consider the option of another "selective lockdown" even as it accepts the steps taken by the state to restrain in the pandemic. It has been asked from the chief secretary to come up with a "roadmap" in terms of the monitoring made by the court in the order to contain the contagion from now onwards and file the affidavit by Friday when the next hearing has been planned.


The High court was listening to a Public interest litigation (PIL) filed to grab the attention of conditions quarantine centres in the state and providing better treatment to Covid-19 positive patients. It said that the statistics of the rise in a number of COVID positive cases is very "disheartening" and the way the pandemic has progressed in several parts of the state, rather than lockdown no step would be useful. It said that the state government has issued directives on time to time, the police and the district administration has "completely failed" to restrict the unnecessary movement of people and preventing them from Gathering in commercial places like tea stalls and beer shops. It was told, while they didn’t “doubt the government's will”, merely penalizing people rather letting them go, and round the clock patrolling in lanes by the insufficient police force was consuming public resources while achieving little.


Food helps us to survive in life. We can’t think that lockdown for a fortnight would bring the economy of the State to such a halt that people, won’t die of hunger, HC said, “Thus, in our opinion the best choice today is to close down things for a while though selectively, to force people to confine themselves to their homes”, he HC said.


Chief secretary RK Tiwari told ET that whatever suitable steps need to be taken in the best interest of the people in the state are already being taken, but the government will file an affidavit as mentioned by the court to do so. With the population of about 23 crore people, Uttar Pradesh has reported a total of 2.03 lakh cases out of which 1.49 lakh people have recovered, with the recovery rate of 73%. The cases of death rate in UP is 1.54% less than the national average of 1.84% and the state has steadily been increasing the number of samples of tests every day. They conducted nearly 1.45 lakh samples tests on 27 August. The target is to test 1.50 lakh samples every day, principal secretary of Health Amit Mohan Prasad said adding that close to 50 lakh tests have been managed in the state so far.


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