Your slumber cost lives, HC raps govt

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the AAP government if it could explain to those who had lost their near and dear ones to Covid-19 in the last 18 days why the administration did not take steps when cases were spiralling in the national capital.

The HC, which asked the government to look at the situation with a “magnifying glass”, observed the crematoriums were “overflowing” and “funeral pyres burning through the night”.

Pulling up the Delhi Government, a Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad asked why it waited till the court intervened to take steps such as capping at 50 the number of people attending a wedding.

“You saw from November 1 which way the wind was blowing. But you turn turtle now because we asked you some questions. The bell should have rung loud and clear when the numbers were spiralling. Why did we have to shake you out of your slumber?” the Bench asked.

It said the government ought to reduce reliance on rapid antigen testing and focus on RTPCR method for more accurate testing.

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