Delhi govt tells HC, it is considering lockdown, night curfew

Delhi government said it is actively considering lockdown and night curfew.

The Aam Aadmi Party government on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it is "actively considering" the option of imposing night curfews or lockdown, though it would depend on the coronavirus situation in Delhi. 

"We're actively considering the imposition of lockdown, night curfews but no decision has been taken on it yet," said advocates Sandeep Sethi and Satyakam on behalf of the Delhi government.

The High court was informed about this when it was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by advocate Rakesh Malhotra who sought the court for increasing the testing capacity and get quick results in the national capital. 

The response came in after a division bench of the high court presided by Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad enquired from the Delhi government if it is planning to impose night curfews or weekend curfews just like the other cities in the country as Covid-19 cases in Delhi are soaring.

Rajasthan Rajashtan, Gujarat Madhya Pradesh, Punjab have already gone for night curfews amid rising covid cases. 

While the bench was hearing the PIL, judges also asked the petitioner to randomly call up the Covid helpline number (1031) midway to check whether it's working properly or not.

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After some time, Malhotra said that the helpline is working fine. 

The order is yet to come. 

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