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How Covid protocol went for toss during Eid

During the current second wave of the Covid pandemic about 4 lakh people are getting infected in the country and more than three thousand people are dying every day. However, in the old city of Hyderabad, the Charminar area saw a large number of people congregating for Eid shopping. At this time, people were not maintaining social distancing and many people were seen without a mask.

People are so busy shopping for the festival of Eid that they are neither bothered nor afraid of spreading the corona infection. While many states have imposed a lockdown due to the increasing cases of Corona, the Telangana government says that the lockdown will worsen the economic situation while adding that the Covid cases are under control.

According to news reports:

The Telangana High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to impose additional restrictive measures to flatten the curve in the state. The Court observed that stricter measures will have to be taken besides extending the night curfew and imposing a weekend lockdown.

Pulling up the state for intentionally reducing tests in the state, the division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy slammed the government saying, “Our instructions to the government for the last several weeks to show some heed and to increase Covid testing have been like water off a duck’s back. The government is continuously reducing testing since the last week from 92,000 to 70,000. This automatically shows a decrease in the number of infected persons. By that, you are saying there is a fall in Covid cases. This is not correct.”

Ordering the state to conduct one lakh COVID tests per day, the bench remarked, “Testing at private centres is static but is decreasing at government centres.”

Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao cited not enough people coming to the 1,100 testing centres across the state for getting tested as the reason for fewer testing numbers. The court also instructed the government to limit gathering, however, it can be seen in the video that the orders have not been taken seriously.

Observing the violations of COVID protocols and spiritual gatherings at Nampally, Afzalgunj, Madina and Charminar, the court reiterated the need to keep a check on crowds. The police have been ordered to step in to control the gatherings and congregations by implementing the rules and guidelines strictly.

(Featured Image Source: OpIndia)

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