"We also appeal to one and all that as and when anyone goes out of his/her home they should compulsorily wear a mask."
In view of notification and enforcement of Unlock 4 Guidelines from September 1 onwards, the Allahabad High Court has expressed concern over wider spread of COVID-19 infection as people would go out.
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To prevent the same, the Division Bench comprising Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar have issued a slew of directions, including use of CCTV cameras to monitor whether people follow social distancing norms, appointment of Advocate Commissioners to oversee the ground situation, etc.
Monitor Crowds Via CCTV
The Bench stressed that there has to be a "comprehensive strategy" to ensure absolute compliance of wearing of masks and of social distancing norms by people. It has therefore directed the District Administration of Prayagraj to "install sufficient number of high-end CCTV cameras in addition to the ones which have been already installed in all such places where normally it is known that crowd of more than 100 accumulates"
It has been directed that when the CCTV footage is reviewed by the Zonal Officers, they shall report the matter to the SSP who shall immediately take action against the police officials posted in the area where it is found that people were conglomerating and were violating the COVID-19 Regulations of maintaining physical distancing and wearing of masks.
Appoint Advocate Commissioners
The State Legal Services of UP has been asked to appoint "Advocate Commissioners" in consultation with the Municipal Commissioner, Prayagraj, to oversee conditions in each of the 80 Wards within the city.
It has been instructed thus:
The High Court observed that people are taking the COVID-19 directives casually on account of Unlock-4 and they are thus more likely to get affected in large numbers.
Therefore, it has asked the State Government to take such measures as are necessary to secure public health services under Section 112-B of the UP Municipal Corporations Act, 1959 and under similar provisions of the Municipalities Act, 1916.
To this end, the Court has directed the State to "revitalize" its Primary Health Centres and other dispensaries in the urban, suburban and rural areas.
"Collection centres of samples for testing the COVID-19 virus be there in all such health centres all over the district. Further, the Provincial Medical Service may be revitalized and they may have a 'State of the Art' facilities for all and sundry in the hospitals which are run by it," the Court directed.
It further ordered the State to:
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Case Title: In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive Respondent
Case No.: PIL No. 574/2020
Quorum: Justice Siddhartha Varma and Justice Ajit Kumar
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