HC Orders Lockdown In 5 UP Cities, State Refuses To Enforce It
Millennium Post Delhi|April 20, 2021
In a strongly worded direction, the HC had placed onus of the health crisis on UP govt & asked for stringent orders to be issued

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday evening refused to follow Allahabad High Court directions to lock down five cities — Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur, Gorakhpur — from Monday night till April 26 — in view of the rapid daily increase in Coronavirus cases.

The state said it would not implement the order — needed, the court said, because the pandemic had “virtually incapacitated our medical infrastructure... specially in cities like Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur” — because it had to protect both lives and livelihoods.

Registering disapproval over the state’s handling of the pandemic — UP recorded a record 30,000+ new cases in 24 hours on Monday morning — the court issued a series of orders, including the suspension and closure of all religious activities and establishments, and the closure of all shopping malls.

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