People gather at Rajpath to visit India Gate in New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
People gather at Rajpath to visit India Gate in New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
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New Delhi: The Delhi government is contemplating the imposition of some form of curfew in the national capital given the latest surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

The Arvind Kejriwal government informed the Delhi High Court Thursday afternoon that a policy on imposing night curfews or weekend curfews in the city is “under active consideration”. This was in response to the court asking if the government was considering any proactive measure to flatten the Covid-19 graph.

No final decision has been taken yet, government sources told ThePrint.


Also read: Delhi reports highest number of cases in 24 hours, India’s recovery rate stands at 93%


Delhi HC asks govt to report on measures

A bench comprising Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad, which was hearing a plea to ramp up testing in Delhi, asked if the government was following any protocol to ensure that the 50 attendees-limit at weddings was being adhered to.

“What have you done with the fine amount gathered through Covid-19 violations in Delhi?Use it for a good cause,” the court said, as it also observed that numbers for RT-PCR testing, the gold standard for Covid tests, had improved after the court took note of it repetitively.

On being asked how Covid-19 behaviour was being checked, the government said it was holding meetings with resident welfare associations (RWAs) in this regard.

“Some viral videos suggest that thousands of people have been turning up for such meetings … please look at them and respond. These meetings could become Covid-19 spreaders,” the court noted. “You need to tell us how many associations and RWAs you reached out to and what exactly is the plan to engage them in the Covid-19 management strategy.”

According to the latest Delhi health bulletin, the national capital recorded 38,287 active cases as of Wednesday night. Delhi has so far recorded 8,720 deaths and 5,45,787 cases.


Also read: Delhi govt is testing-tracing, but Covid third wave means people have to be responsible too


 

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