Hindustan Times (East UP)
IMPOSE CURBS IN GUJ TO CURB COVID-19 SPREAD, IMA TELLS HC
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government should impose a twoweek lockdown in the state to check the spread of COVID-19, the IMA’s state branch suggested in its submission to the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday.
If the state government is not in favour of a lockdown, then it should think of restricting various activities to control people’s movement outside their homes, the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Gujarat chapter president Dr Devendra Patel told the HC.
He made the suggestions before a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav Karia during an online hearing on a PIL taken up suo motu (on its own) on the overall coronavirus situation.
The bench had invited Patel to share his views on behalf of doctors. Around 30,000 doctors from Gujarat are members of the IMA’s state branch.
“The government should completely ban all kind of gatherings, be it social, political or religious. If possible, the government should impose a total lockdown for 14 days. If it is not possible, then put severe restrictions on activities,” Patel told the bench. He also suggested that the government should come up with a centralised system displaying availability of beds (for COVID-19 patients) in the state, saying “people are rushing from one hospital to another for beds”.
Responding to the suggestions, government pleader Manisha Shah said taking a decision about imposing a lockdown is akin to “walking on the edge of sword”. The bench posted the PIL for further hearing on April 27
IF THE STATE GOVT IS NOT IN FAVOUR OF A LOCKDOWN, THEN IT SHOULD THINK OF RESTRICTING PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT