• Kushal Kumar Jha

Delhi HC: AAP govt has gone haywire on the COVID 19 pandemic; Delhi on the way to be Corona capital

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Delhi High Court has expressed grave concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region. A Delhi High Court bench consisting of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad on Thursday said that the Delhi government has gone haywire on the COVID-19 pandemic. Delhi High Court also stated that Delhi could soon become the "Corona capital of the country". While adding that the court will now tackle the matter separately, the bench further criticised the AAP government for taking the health of the citizens for a ride. While mentioning that the Delhi government has made huge claims topping the charts in testing, the HC observed that COVID-19 cases have overshot in the Union Territory. "The city could soon become corona capital of the country. Thanks to the number of cases shooting up," the bench said, adding: “We are going to take it very seriously.” While hearing a bunch of pleas related to the non-payment of salaries to doctors, paramedical staff, sanitation workers, teachers, and retired engineers, and others, employed with the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the bench made the remarks. Earlier today on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged people to avoid bursting firecrackers this festive season due to rising pollution and a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. "The COVID-19 situation is deteriorating in Delhi due to rising air pollution," CM said, adding: "If we burst firecrackers on this Diwali, we are playing with the lives of our children and families." In Delhi, for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, the number of daily cases crossed the 6000-mark. The death toll in the national capital now stands at 6,703. The number of containment zones in Delhi has also risen to 3,596 from 3,453 on Tuesday. According to a recent report, National Centre for Disease Control has cautioned that Delhi needs to be prepared for around 15,000 fresh cases of COVID-19 per day, considering festive gatherings, winter season-related respiratory problems, and the influx of patients from outside.

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