Delhi records 11,491 COVID-19 cases, 72 deaths; temples to go for limited darshan during 'Navaratri'
The positivity rate rose to 12.44 per cent from 9.43 per cent a day ago. The 72 deaths are the highest since December 5 when 77 deaths were recorded.
Some doctors said the reason behind a large number of people contracting the infection this year vis-a-vis last year could be that the 'virus has mutated' and the current strain is more infectious.
Interacting with reporters, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also appealed to people to step out of their homes only if necessary and wear masks all the time.
The chief minister termed the situation 'very serious' and appealed to people not to step out of houses unless it was urgent.
May have to impose lockdown if hospital system collapses, says Kejriwal as Delhi reports over 10,000 COVID cases
He also asked people not to go out of their homes unless it is urgent, and use face masks and sanitisers and maintain social distance.
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Amid a spike in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks, the Delhi government Friday suspended physical academic activities and offline examinations for all classes indefinitely.
The city government also prohibited all social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious gatherings in view of the rise in COVID-19 cases.
According to a circular issued Thursday, cash counters may be made operational in each circle every Saturday and Sunday between 10 am to 6 pm from April 10.
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The authorities, however, maintained that the rush was "usual" during this time of the year due to the wedding season and wheat harvesting in different parts of the country.
If there is a need for a lockdown in the future, a decision will be taken after consultation, he said, adding the fourth wave is less serious than the previous ones as there are fewer number of deaths
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The zoo reopened to the public on Thursday after remaining shut for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and bird flu.
The survey by Smile Foundation was conducted in February and March, and 26,860 students in the age group of 8-18 from 131 schools across 12 states took part in it.
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Last March, when the lockdown was announced, female healthcare workers took the challenges head-on and made sacrifices to make things better for the people who were suffering, writes Somrita Ghosh.
'200 guests in open spaces, 100 in closed ones': Kejriwal government puts cap on social gatherings in Delhi
In an order, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev said not more than 50 people will be allowed at funerals in the national capital.
Delhi reported 1,515 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest in over three months, while five more people succumbed to the disease, the health department had said.