The Delhi High Court today severely criticised the Delhi government for its flip-flop on the cap on number of wedding attendees allowed in the wake of a fresh wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the city.
“Why wait till now to reduce number of attendees at weddings? “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 asked the Aam Admi Party (AAP) government today.
The Delhi government had on Tuesday scaled down the number of people allowed at weddings from 200 to 50 amid a surge in coronavirus cases. This decision overturned an earlier one, applicable since November 1, to ease the 50-persons-only cap on wedding functions that was declared a few months ago.
“You were shaken out of slumber, you turned turtle after we asked questions,” the High Court told the government about fresh measures taken to tackle COVID-19.
Delhi on Wednesday recorded 7,486 new COVID-19 cases, with 131 deaths – the highest fatalities for a 24-hour duration till now in the city. The total number of cases in Delhi now stands at 5,03,084, with 42,458 active ones. Up to 7,943 people have died of the disease till now, putting the death rate at 1.58%, while the recovery rate is at 89.9%. The national capital has witnessed a spurt in case since the end of last month when, October 28, the daily number of fresh cases crossed 5,000 for the first time.
By earlier this month, the state government had declared that a third wave of COVID-19 was sweeping through the city. On November 11, the daily number crossed 8,000.
Taking cognisance of the situation, the High Court today noted that the quantum of fine for not wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing does not appear to be working as a deterrent, according to PTI.