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‘Shaken out of slumber, turned turtle’: HC raps Delhi govt over rising Covid-19 cases

-The Indian Express

The court noted that the quantum of fine for not wearing masks, not maintaining social distancing did not appear to be a deterrent in controlling the cases.

The Delhi High Court Thursday pulled up the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government over the rising coronavirus cases in the city, saying why did it wait to take precautions like reducing the number of attendees at weddings when the cases were on the rise after November 1.

“Why did you wait for 18 days to restrict number of attendees at weddings, how many died of Covid-19 during this period,” the high court said.

“You were shaken out of slumber, you turned turtle after we asked questions,” the high court added.

“We certainly cannot be silent bystanders to a situation that is deteriorating. We will not be silent observers. You were not working from November 1 on wards till very recently and that is getting us worried…We are not here to shake you out of your slumber,” the court said.

The HC noted that the quantum of fine for not wearing masks, not maintaining social distancing did not appear to be a deterrent in controlling the cases. “Those who are not stepping out of their homes are getting infected because of carelessness of others,” the high court said.

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