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‘Why wait 18 days?’: Delhi HC slams Kejriwal govt for not appearing shortly sufficient to curb spike in COVID-19 instances – India News , Firstpost

The excessive court docket was listening to a PIL by advocate Rakesh Malhotra in search of enhance within the COVID-19 testing numbers within the National Capital and getting speedy outcomes

‘Why wait 18 days?’: Delhi HC slams Kejriwal govt for not acting quickly enough to curb spike in COVID-19 cases

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday requested Delhi’s AAP authorities if it may clarify to those that had misplaced their close to and pricey ones to COVID-19 previously 18 days why the administration didn’t take steps when instances have been spiralling within the metropolis. It additionally requested the federal government to have a look at the scenario with a “magnifying glass”.

Pulling up the Delhi authorities, a bench of justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad requested why it waited until the court docket intervened to take steps akin to decreasing the variety of folks attending weddings to 50 to stop the unfold of COVID-19 .

“You (Delhi authorities) noticed from 1 November which approach the wind was blowing. But you flip turtle now as a result of we requested you some questions. The bell ought to have rung loud and clear when the numbers have been spiralling. Why did you not get up once you noticed the scenario was deteriorating?

“Why did we have to shake you out of your slumber on 11 November? What did you do from 1 November till 11 November? Why did you wait 18 days (till 18 November) to take a decision. Do you know how many lives were lost during this period? Can you explain it to those who lost their near and dear ones,” the bench requested.

On implementation of social distancing norms, prevention of spitting and sporting of masks, the court docket was not happy with the monitoring being executed by the Delhi authorities in some districts the place COVID-19 numbers have been excessive.

The bench additionally stated the fines being imposed, Rs 500 for first violation and Rs 1,000 for each subsequent violation, didn’t seem like a deterrent.

It stated there seemed to be substantial disparity in monitoring and imposition of fines in sure districts as in comparison with 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 docket stated.

The excessive court docket was listening to a PIL by advocate Rakesh Malhotra in search of enhance within the COVID-19 testing numbers within the National Capital and getting speedy outcomes.

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