Delhi imposes night curfew from Monday due to spike in Covid cases

Officials said the night curfew will kick in under the four-stage Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) if the positivity rate settles at 0.5 percent for two consecutive days.

Published: 26th December 2021 07:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th December 2021 07:26 AM   |  A+A-

Connaught place wears a deserted look during night curfew, imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Image used for representative purpose only.


NEW DELHI: With the COVID-19 positivity rate touching 0.55 percent, the Delhi government has decided to re-impose night curfew from Monday, according to sources.

Officials said the night curfew will kick in under the four-stage Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) if the positivity rate settles at 0.5 percent for two consecutive days.

Delhi reported 290 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest since June 10, and one fatality, while the positivity rate rose to 0.55 percent, according to data shared by the Delhi government's health department here.

Under GRAP, a 'Yellow' alert will come into force if the positivity rate settles at 0.5 percent for two consecutive days, leading to a host of restrictions.

Sources said Sunday usually sees a lower number of tests which might affect the positivity rate.

Yet night curfew will commence on Monday from 11 PM and last till 5 AM.

On June 10, the national capital had reported 305 cases and 44 deaths.

The cumulative tally has now risen to 14,43,352 while the death toll is 25,105.

The number of active cases stands at 1,103, of which 583 patients are in home isolation.

States like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka have also reimposed night curfew.

Night curfew, closure of schools and colleges, and shops of non-essential items, and halved seating capacity in metro trains are the other restrictions that will come in place under the yellow alert.

GRAP was approved by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority in July in anticipation of the third wave of COVID-19.

It aims to bring in a clearer picture of imposition and lifting of restrictions depending on the coronavirus situation.

Curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM will be imposed during Yellow, Amber and Orange alerts.

If the 'Red' alert is sounded, there will be "total curfew".

The 'Yellow' (level-1) alert will be sounded when the positivity rate crosses 0.5 percent or new cases increase to 1,500 or oxygenated bed occupancy reaches 500.

The response will involve allowing construction, manufacturing activities and opening of shops of essential goods.

Shops and establishments of non-essential goods and services, and malls will be allowed to open between 10 AM and 8 PM based on the odd-even formula.

Only one weekly market per zone with 50 percent of vendors will be allowed to open.

Restaurants will be permitted with 50 percent capacity from 8 AM to 10 PM while bars can also operate with the same capacity, but from 12 noon to 10 PM.

Marriages and funerals will be allowed with 20 people in attendance while all other types of gatherings will be prohibited.

The Delhi Metro will run at 50 percent seating capacity while auto-rickshaws and cabs can ferry up to two passengers.

Buses will ply with only 50 percent exempted category passengers, according to GRAP.

Cinema halls, banquet halls, spas, gyms, outdoor yoga activity, amusement parks, stadiums, swimming pools, schools and colleges will not be allowed if the 'Yellow' alert is sounded.

Religious places will be open but without visitors.

Parks and gardens can open.

Private offices can function with up to 50 percent of employees.

In Delhi government offices also, barring certain categories of officials, only half of the remaining employees will be allowed.

Amid growing Omicron threat, Delhi reported 290 fresh coronavirus cases, highest since June 10, and one death, while the positivity rate rose to 0.55 per cent, according to data shared by the Delhi government's health department here on Sunday.

This rise is the highest since June 10 when Delhi logged 305 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.41 per cent.

A total of 44 deaths were also recorded on that day.

The positivity rate of 0.55 per cent is highest since June 4, when it was 0.68 per cent.

On Saturday, Delhi logged 249 cases, the highest single-day rise since June 13, and one death, while the positivity rate mounted to 0.43 per cent.

On Friday, 180 cases were recorded with an increased positivity rate of 0.29 per cent, according to officials figures.

With the fresh cases on Sunday, the cumulative tally rose to 14,43,352, while the death toll rose to 25,105 in the national capital.

Over 14.17 lakh patients have recovered till now.

The number of active cases in the city stands at 1,103, a significant jump from 934 the previous day.

As many as 583 patients are in home isolation, up from 464 on Saturday.

The number of containment zones in the city stood at 279, while it was 248 a day ago, according to the medical bulletin.

The spike in fresh cases in the span of last few days is being recorded amid a jump in cases of new Omicron variant of Covid in Delhi.

Ankur Garg, Commissioner, Trade and Taxation, Delhi, cautioned against the rise in cases.

"Please don't take the uptick in Covid cases lightly. Data speaks. Increase from 1st to 25th Dec. (Delhi)- Positivity - 0.07% to 0.55% - Daily cases - 39 to 290 - Cumulative 7 day cases - 219 to 1155 - Daily bed occupancy - 111 to 230 True behaviour of omicron still unknown. People crowding up places like Sarojini Nagar market are endangering the entire community. And showing utter contempt and complete disrespect to the medical and frontline workers willing to sacrifice so much for us," he tweeted.

So far, 422 Omicron cases have been detected across 17 states and union territories in India and 130 of these people have recovered or migrated, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of Omicron cases at 108, followed by Delhi at 79, Gujarat 43, Telangana 41, Kerala 38, Tamil Nadu 34 and Karnataka 31.

The Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital in the city is currently treating 68 patients of the Omicron variant, while 40 patients have been discharged, a senior official of the health facility said on Sunday.

Besides the LNJP Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram City Hospital, Max Hospital Saket, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj and Batra Hospital in Tughlakabad have also set up facilities for isolating and treating suspected cases of Omicron following orders from the Delhi government.

Genome sequencing of samples of all COVID-19-infected people in Delhi is being conducted since December 22 to ascertain if the new Omicron variant has spread in the community.

Seven COVID-19 deaths were reported in the city in November this year, the highest count of fatalities due to the infection in the last three months in the national capital, according to official data.

Delhi had recorded four Covid deaths in October and five in September.

A total of 52,947 tests -- 50,059 RT-PCR tests and 2,888 rapid antigen tests -- were conducted a day ago, the latest bulletin said.


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