Bombay HC raises questions about citizens' movement in the city during the lockdown

Addressing the same, the bench stated that as long as people stay out of the house, the coronavirus spread will continue. In such cases, it will be difficult for the government to contain the virus and reduce the cases in Mumbai.

Bombay HC raises questions about citizens' movement in the city during the lockdown

Despite the lockdown imposed by the government of Maharashtra, people in several districts of the state, have been seen leaving their homes without a valid reason. On the other hand, COVID-19 cases in the state have increased exponentially, and with an aim to strengthen the Bombay High Court recently directed the state government to impose a 15-day strict lockdown in Maharashtra by not allowing people from leaving their homes without any reason.

In the second wave of corona, the situation in the state has worsened. Understanding the crisis, Mumbai-based residents Sneha Marjadi and Nilesh Navlakha recently filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the court against the government for not providing oxygen, remdesivir and ICU beds to COVID-19 patients. 

The matter was heard by the Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Girish Kulkarni, whereby the bench expressed concern over the coronavirus crisis in the state. It is said out that the officials lashed out at the implementation of the lockdown while reviewing the measures being taken by the government. Questioning the protocol and restrictions, the officials asked about the ways to manage COVID-19 crisis if people keep leaving their homes frequently in the same manner as now. 

To strengthen the same, the High Court asked the government to consider imposing a complete lockdown for at least 15 days, stating that the cases would reduce only if this measure. The decision was given through Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbakoni.

Meanwhile, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday, April 28, announced that the lockdown in Maharashtra would be extended by at least 15 days as the coronavirus spread has not reduced. A meeting was held with the cabinet ministers who agreed on the decision to extend the lockdown. The final decision for the same is expected to be announced on April 30, and once implemented, the restrictions will be effective from 7pm on May 1, 2021.

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