‘Bad planning’, Delhi HC pulls up Centre over Covid-19 vaccine wastage

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday criticised the Centre over the wastage of Covid-19 vaccines. File photo

‘Bad planning’:The Delhi High Court on Tuesday criticised the Centre over the wastage of Covid-19 vaccines. It said since the pandemic does not discriminate between people, everyone needs to be vaccinated.

Calling it a result of “bad planning”, the division bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said: “You should have foreseen the situation. It is no rocket science.”

India reported 2,59,170 new Covid-19 cases and 1,761 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to Government data.

The total cases in the country now stand at 1,53,21,089. There are 20,31,977 active cases in the country at present while 1,31,08,582 people have recovered from the disease. The death toll is at 1,80,530. As many as 12,71,29,113 people have been vaccinated so far.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court Tuesday put on hold the Allahabad High Court order for a weeklong lockdown until April 26 in five Uttar Pradesh districts, Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Gorakhpur districts, which are reporting a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases.

On the travel front, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised its citizens to avoid travelling to India. In its advisory, the CDC stated that there is a “very high level of covid-19” in India.

Britain has also added India to its COVID-19 travel “red list”, which bans all travel from the country. And the country also makes a 10-day hotel quarantine mandatory for UK residents returning to the country.

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