Noida: In a court hearing on Tuesday, the Allahabad High Court asked the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to look for options including lockdown considering extreme shortage of oxygen and medicine facilities in the state. A bench led by Justice Siddhart Varma was hearing a suo moto case on the Covid crisis in the state and said, “I again request, if things are not in control then impose a two week lockdown. Please suggest it to your policy makers. It is blowing out of proportion, that is the first thing it seems.”Also Read - As Cases Rise in Maharashtra, Health Minister Tope Makes This Statement Over Covid Fourth Wave Probability

“There is a shortage of doctors, there is a shortage of staff, oxygen, there is no L1, L2. Everything is good on paper, but the fact is that there is shortage. With folded hands, we request you to exercise your discretion,” added Justice Varma. The High Court’s suggestion comes nearly a week after the Supreme Court stayed the Allahabad High Court’s order directing lockdown in five cities of the state. Also Read - Covid Update! Amid Soaring Cases and 4th Wave Fears, ICMR Makes This Big Statement

Earlier on April 19, the Allahabad High Court ordered a complete lockdown in Lucknow, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Varanasi and Gorakhpur till April 26, after these cities started reporting a high virus load. The court said that all establishments, be it government or private, except financial institutions and financial departments, medical and health services, industrial and scientific establishments, essential services including municipal functions, and public transport, shall remain closed till April 26. The court also directed the state government to strictly enforce the curbs while responding to a Public Interest Litigation. Also Read - Karnataka Covid: No Need To Fear Or Have Panic Reactions, Says Top Bengaluru Doctor Amid 4th Wave Fears

However, the Uttar Pradesh government moved the Supreme Court challenging the order passed by Allahabad High Court imposing a near total lockdown in the cities. Following which, the SC granted an interim stay on the Allahabad High Court’s order directing lockdown in the five cities of the state.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde passed the order after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Uttar Pradesh, said the state has taken several steps to contain the spread of coronavirus but to “lockdown five cities by a judicial order may not be the right approach”. Mehta, while arguing that the High Court order would create “immense administrative difficulties”, said the state government has issued several directions and taken adequate precaution on the issue. “In these circumstances, there shall be an interim stay on the order of the high court,” the Supreme Court added.