High Court COVID-19: Allahabad HC urged to close down for two...

COVID-19: Allahabad HC urged to close down for two weeks

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Allahabad, Apr 14 (ILNS) Highlighting the need for a complete lockdown in the wake of the rising COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court Bar Association has urged the High Court to close for at least a period of two weeks.

President of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association Amrendra Nath Singh urged the High Court to close for at least two weeks, so that the litigants and lawyers may not rush to the Court and the spread of the infection is contained.

A Division Bench of Justice Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar, while hearing a petition pertaining to inhuman conditions at quarantine centres and for providing better treatment of COVID-19 positive patients, said, “Night curfew will not be enough to combat the virus and the government should examine the viability of complete lockdown in those districts, where the spread has increased alarmingly, for at least two or three weeks.

“Night curfew or Corona curfew is a very small step. What we need to ensure is that there is no unnecessary public movement, even during day timings. We have been informed that Covid hospitals are over-flooded with Covid patients and there is shortage of both manpower and available facilities in hospitals, the Court added.

It said the recent spike of COVID-19 infection has hit various districts of the state. The surge has absolutely paralysed public life and all the medical aid systems have reached to a stage of complete saturation. The situation is so alarming that if it is not handled carefully and cautiously, it may lead to a stage of complete collapse of public health system.

The Bench stated that all public gatherings must be restricted to 50 persons. The District administrations are directly to religiously comply with the guidelines issued by State Government on April 11, 2021, it added, while posting the matter for further hearing on April 19.

The Court also directed for immediate purchase and supply of bipap machine and high flow cannula mask in ambulance to all the district hospitals and level 2 and level 3 hospitals of the districts like Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur, where covid infection has widely spread.

The Court stated that the Basic health needs includes the triple ‘TTT’ programme- Testing, Tracking and Treatment. “For this, we have to ensure that people are tested before hand. At every center, the District administration must ensure large-scale testing and all clinical samples that are collected must be sent to the laboratory at every six hourly interval, so that the RTPCR comes within 18 to 24 hours to start with medication,” it added.

The Bench said that public awareness programme regarding the spread of COVID-19 must go on. “Both the district and police administration must follow our last order dated April 6, 2021 in its letter and spirit,” it added.

“We make it clear that if we are apprised on the next date fixed of any one moving on roads without mask, we shall take it as an act of contempt on the part of police and will certainly haul up the SSP, Prayagraj and other concerned Districts for the same,” the Court warned.

It directed both the Central as well as the State Government to ensure production of Remdesivir, an injectable anti-viral medicine by pharmaceuticals, making them available easily the necessary ingredients and its supply in open market.

The State shall file affidavit of an officer not below the rank of Secretary in this Court by the next date fixed, detailing out the measures taken in the light of the observations made hereinabove, the Court ordered.

Raghav Dwivedi, Advocate, said that Covid hospitals are not admitting patients and thus, COVID-infected people, who could be saved from the pandemic, have been left to the mercy of Nature.

Rohit Pandey, Advocate, informed the Court that in the mass Covid testing that had taken three days ago in his residential colony/area, no nasopharyngeal swab was taken and swab was taken from under the tongue, which means an ultimate real time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR) to be negative.

This itself amounts to fraud and playing with public lives. Showing lesser number of Covid patients in this way, in our considered opinion, neither can help the medical department, nor those sitting in administration to deal with pandemic.

Mr Singh submitted that courts below may be directed not to pursue non-bailable warrants that may have been issued in various cases until April 30, 2021. While the window for filing of cases in the High Court may remain open, but there should be no physical hearing of cases and even online hearing of cases should be done, where issues regarding demolition, eviction and recovery are involved, the AHCBA president added. ILNS/AP/SNG/RJ

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