Plea in Delhi High Court Seeks Reimposition of a Strict Lockdown in the Capital Citing Increase in Cases

A petition in the Delhi High Court seeks immediate imposition of lockdown in the State of Delhi; due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases; the extension of the lockdown in Delhi at least till June 30. The petitioners seek the imposition of lockdown; on the ground that during the earlier lockdown period the rate of increase in cases was low.

The Petitioner not only contends that the relaxations given under the new ‘Unlock 1.0′ Guidelines badly affected the health concerns of residents; but also no proper arrangements were made before declaring Unlock 1.0 in Delhi.

People are violating social distancing norms and police officials are not handling the situation as per the protocols. Meanwhile highlighting that the lockdown does breach certain human rights of the citizens.

Notably, the Petitioner assumes the first and foremost duty of the Centre and the Delhi Government is to protect the well being of the citizens. The petitioner seeks direction from the Delhi government; to consider constituting an expert committee of doctors, medical specialists, and virologists to prepare a “detailed blueprint” for controlling or containing the transmission of the virus. Also, the Petitioner demands the sealing of Delhi’s orders and as well as a prohibition of passenger rights.

In addition to this, the Petitioner has highlighted the observations made by the Delhi High Court in a suo moto case on COVID19 patients to argue that the medical infrastructure is not functioning properly and is inadequate. As per the population rate the State has the maximum number of COVID19 cases in the country. Consequently, the petition will come up for hearing on June 12, 2020.

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