The Bombay High Court on Monday said there was a possibility of a rise in active COVID-19 cases despite mass vaccination as people were letting their guard down after vaccination. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni said there is a possibility of increase in cases in Maharashtra, especially during the festive season, as many citizens had stopped following the security protocols imposed by the government.
“Despite mass vaccination, the COVID-19 cases are likely to rise. The reason for this could be that people are letting their guard down after getting vaccinated and not following the proper treatment of COVID. The bench, while hearing a PIL filed by social activist Firoz Mithiborwala, sought quashing of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Maharashtra government. ) and its notification does not permit local train travel for those who were yet to complete both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mithiborwala, in his PIL, claimed that the government’s SOP of August 10 and notification of August 11 violated the fundamental right of people to equality before law guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution. The HC, however, refused to pass any interim order to stay the SOP or the local train travel notification, observing that the restrictions were imposed in larger public interest, and cannot be held illegal or malicious.
The bench observed that there has been a spurt in cases in Kerala after Onam and said that people are responsible for such a situation as they become careless after vaccination. The HC will hear the PIL next month.