Breach of COVID protocol will only intensify third wave, warns Delhi High Court today
Supreme Court issues notice to the Center and hence the Delhi government, seeking a permanent report on the unlocking. It also asked the officials to take strict action against the violators and sensitize the shopkeepers.
Breach of Covid protocols will only accelerate the third wave, the Supreme Court of Delhi warned today, hearing violations in markets within the capital after weeks of drastic easing of restrictions. Supreme Court issues notice to the Center and hence the Delhi government, seeking a permanent report on the unlocking. It also asked the officials to take strict action against the violators and sensitize the shopkeepers.
The court said if this behavior of violating the COVID-19 norms continues, "we are going to be in a big trouble". "If this happens, God help us," the court said. A month after Delhi's worst public health crisis during the second wave of the pandemic, the city's popular shopping markets saw huge crowds, breaking social-like COVID protocols. Distancing and wearing a mask. Thousands crowded into metro stations and shopping, prompting some doctors to warn it could lead to a resurgence in COVID-19 infections.
"We have paid a huge price within the second wave. We do not know whether there is any household that has not suffered within the second wave, near or far," the bench said, adding, "We are a citizen of this city. The times when we see these images we get worried.” It further said that the memory of the second wave of COVID-19 is fresh, in which many people have suffered personal loss.
“Such a breach will only accelerate the third wave, which is probably going to come back and cannot be allowed,” it added. The court will take up the matter again on July 9. Additional jurist Chetan Sharma said the concerns raised by the court would be conveyed to the authorities as "we cannot have a third wave, just a third wave".
Shops, malls and restaurants in Delhi reopened on Monday as the COVID-19 numbers within the city saw a slight decline over the past few weeks. Weekly markets also reopened but only 50 per cent vendors are allowed and only one market per day will function in each municipal area.
The lockdown was going on in Delhi since April 19. However, doctors and disease experts are concerned about Delhi's almost complete reopening, and have cautioned that the race to restart business will compromise vaccination efforts.