Omicron surges in the capital- Delhi to be under Night curfew from today

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Omicron surges in the capital- Delhi to be under Night curfew from today

Additional curbs will kick in if the positivity rate remains above 0.5 per cent for next two days

Omicron surges in the capital- Delhi to be under Night curfew from today

Delhi has witnessed a sharp rise in Omicron cases with 63 people testing positive for the new Covid-19 strain. This takes the national capital’s tally to 142 cases,  the highest in the country after Maharashtra (141).

A Night curfew has been imposed in Delhi starting December 27, 2021, from 11 pm till 5 am until further orders. According to the State Government, the capital recorded 290 fresh cases of Covid-19 and one death on December 26, 2021. This marked a 16 percent rise in Covid cases. The total number of  Covid 19 cases crossed the 1000 mark on Sunday pushing the positivity rate to 0.5 percent (a critical level).

As informed by an official, under the Night curfew, all markets, malls, and shops will get shut after 11 pm and the movement of people will be restricted. The imposition of Covid-appropriate behaviour, such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, will be stricter.  However, essential services will not be impacted and health emergencies will be respected.

Those exempted from the curfew include government officials, judges and judicial officers, medical personnel, pregnant women and patients, people going on foot to buy essential items, media persons, and people going to or returning from railway stations, bus stops and airports.

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According to the Graded Response Action Plan finalized by the government in July and August this year in anticipation of Covid third wave, several additional curbs are supposed to kick in if the positivity rate remains above 0.5 percent for two consecutive days.

These include the odd-even formula in markets that will function between 10 am to 8 pm; restaurants, transport buses, and the Metro to function at 50 percent capacity, and shutting down of cinema halls, gyms, entertainment parks, etc.

Amidst fear of Covid and New Year celebrations approaching, there could be additional strictness on Dec 31st- January 2, 2022 in areas that see heavy crowding. These include restricting entry post 8 pm in Connaught Place, and additional protocols in Khan Market, Janpath, Purana Qila, India Gate and Sundar Nursery.

With Covid cases on the rise, the situation is fluid and further directions and restrictions from the administration are expected to follow.