Lucknow, August 26: The Allahabad High Court has expressed worry over the Covid situation in Uttar Pradesh and in multiple remarks suggested that the government consider the option of another “selective lockdown” even as it acknowledged the steps taken by the state to rein in the pandemic.
It has asked the chief secretary to come up with a “roadmap” in terms of the observations 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 scheduled, The Economic Times reported.
The HC was listening to a PIL filed to attract attention to the condition of quarantine centres in the state and providing better treatment to Covid positive patients. It said the statistics of admitted rise in number of COVID positive cases are very “disheartening” and the way the pandemic has progressed in several parts of the state, “any step lesser than a lock down would be of no help”.
It said while the state government has issued directives from time to time, the police and the district administration has “completely failed” to restrict unnecessary movement of people and from preventing them from assembling in commercial places like tea stalls and beetel shops. It said while it did not “doubt the government’s will”, mere penalising of people then letting them go, and “round the clock patrolling in lanes and by lanes” by the “insufficient” police force was consuming public resources while achieving little.
“When we have to balance between bread and butter and life, the latter has to prevail. Food is for life to survive and not vice-versa. We do not think that a lock down for a fortnight would bring the economy of the State to such a halt that people would die of hunger,” the 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.