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Allahabad HC asks Centre to specify when phase 2 of Covid-19 vaccination is to begin

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The Allahabad High Court has asked the Central government to declare when will it begin the second phase of vaccination, for those above 50 years of age. The Court said the Centre gave information that vaccination will be in phases, the first for frontline health workers and the second for those above 50 years but did not say when Phase 2 will start. The Court asked it to file a better affidavit with details of the plan.

The Court also asked the Central Government to come out with an exact vaccination programme to overcome the Covid-19 virus, vis-a-vis different phases.

The division bench of Justices Ajit Kumar and Siddhartha Varma passed this order while hearing a PIL filed by In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive.

On January 12, the High Court had asked the Government to come up with a proper vaccination programme.

On January 22, the Government was unable to define a fixed timeline and merely submitted that after Phase-I vaccination for front-line health workers end, thereafter persons who are 50 years old and above would be vaccinated in Phase-II.

“In these days of pandemic, we have to put to an end to the spread of Covid-19 and the Government should come up with a definite programme as to when exactly phase-1 would end and phase-2 would commence,”

-the Court said.

The High Court has prohibited the opening of vending zones and night markets in educational institutions and residential areas.  Also, the police has been directed to shift the seized vehicles deposited on the road in front of police stations.

The Court has directed the DGP to prioritize 100% mask requirement for corona control. The court also said that the imperative of wearing a mask should be implemented for at least the next three months.

The Court has also directed the District Magistrate and SSP of Prayagraj to increase the surveillance of commuting and stay in Magh Mela. The Court has directed the PDA to make arrangements for non-encroachment after removing illegal constructions from the municipal lands. The Court said that vaccination will take time now, in such a situation, do not be lax.

The bench has sought an Affidavit of the zonal officer for providing Wi-Fi in the post corona ward of SRN Hospital and wearing masks. The Court said that corona patients are not wearing masks during treatment after recovering. The Court has asked to have an oxygen machine in the ambulance so that the corona patient does not face any problem while leaving the house when he recovers.

The PDA told the Court that under-ground parking of six commercial institutions had been restored. Under-ground parking has also been restored in eight nursing homes and other institutions.

The Court has directed Advocate Commissioners Chandan Sharma and Shubham Dwivedi to inspect it and present the report. It is also said that there should be no parking in front of such establishments. Vehicles should be kept in parking.

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The Court has asked the state government to provide Police protection to PDA officers while removing encroachments. Advocate Vishal Talwar raised the issue of standards violation in the construction going on in the city. The Court has sought information from the PDA on this.

The next hearing of the petition will be on February 5.

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