‘State is doing everything to control Covid pandemic’, says Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to hear a case seeking directions for measures to control the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the nation’s capital and said everything is being done by the state in this regard.

“What else do you expect the state to do? You needlessly come to court, ”observed the division bench of Judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli.

The court said measures such as vaccinations, awareness campaigns regarding the use of masks and social distancing are being taken by the state to control the pandemic. “We are not inclined to receive the petition,” the court said, observing that general prayers were made in the petition, which was filed by a lawyer.

At least 5,506 new positive cases of coronavirus were detected in Delhi on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 6.10% among the 90,201 tests carried out over a 24-hour period. There are 19,455 active cases in the nation’s capital. Following the increase in Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government on Tuesday imposed a nighttime curfew, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., until April 30.

On January 14, the court ruled on a case in which it has been monitoring state efforts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic since last year. “The daily number of new COVID 19 cases that are now reported is significantly lower than what was at its peak,” the court said at the time.