Delhi To Impose Weekend Curfew Amid A Spike In Covid-19 Cases

Due to an increase in Covid-19 instances, a weekend curfew will be implemented in the national Capital, and at least 50 per cent of the total workforce of all private offices would be required to work from home, according to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. The decision was made during a conference of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

 Even when Delhi's positive rate surpassed 5 per cent on Monday, the DDMA chose not to issue a code red underneath the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

To reduce crowding at transportation hubs including bus stops and Subway lines, it has permitted state-run vehicles and the Delhi Subway to function with 100 per cent seating availability. Even though a precise directive is needed, transportation officials say standing travellers are uncertain to be permitted.

The DDMA is chaired by lieutenant general Anil Baijal, and vice-chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who screened positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. Experts include Randeep Guleria, head of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS, New Delhi), and Balram Bhargava, chief of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

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Sisodia reported an uptick in Covid-19 instances in the City but stated the Omicron type of the coronavirus had a lower degree of sickness than earlier variants.

According to Sisodia, there are currently 11,000 instances in Delhi, but only 350 Covid-19 patients are in hospitals, with 124 on oxygen and seven on ventilators. However, because the number of cases is rapidly increasing, the DDMA has chosen to take various preventative measures to keep the infection from spreading throughout the city.

Only critical actions, such as transporting a sick to the hospital, will be permitted on weekends, he stressed. The weekday night curfew, according to Sisodia, will be maintained. Furthermore, all administration employees have been instructed to operate from residence or via the internet. Private offices would be required to ask at least half of their employees to operate from the household.

Administrative departments that provide critical operations, such as Covid-19 management, would continue to operate as usual, according to a DDMA member.

Traffic congestion at bus stations and Subway lines, according to Sisodia, was discussed extensively at the DDMA session.

They cannot permit transport hubs to become super spreaders, he warned, because the highly altered Omicron form spreads far quicker than the previous varieties. The DMA's latest decision to limit riders in vehicles and the Metro to 50 per cent of maximum seating is being overturned due to excessive crowding. Vehicles and the Delhi Subway would be able to run at full capacity from now on.

Delhi registered 4,099 Covid-19 instances on Monday, rising from 3,194 the day before, a 28 per cent increase in just 24 hours. The case positive rate increased to 6.46 per cent from 4.59 per cent on Sunday. The total number of cases in Delhi has now reached 14,58,220.

The DDMA issued a yellow warning under GRAP on the 28th of December, resulting in limitations such as a nighttime curfew between 22hours and 5 hours., as well as the closure of the academic system, gymnasium, and theatres. Markets and shopping malls were permitted to run on an odd-even schedule. The optimism rate in Delhi was 0.89 per cent at the time.

On the 29th of December, at the most recent DDMA conference, an orange warning was declared for screening, monitoring, and curing to prevent the virus's dissemination, such as its Omicron strain.