New Delhi: After the covid positivity rate in Delhi jumped over 5% for a day, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to impose a weekend curfew in the national capital. The decision was taken on Tuesday during a DDMA meeting held in view of rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in Delhi.
Government employees, barring those engaged in essential services, will be asked to work from home, announced Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. Private offices will continue to remain open with only 50 percent seating capacity, he said.
A bigger change that the Delhi commuters will witness is that after a restrictive 50% capacity in public transport vehicles such as buses and metro trains has been removed.
Public transportation will once again run at full seating capacity. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia explained that such a decision is being taken to avoid crowding outside metro stations and at bus stops.
Delhi reported 382 omicron cases on Tuesday while on Monday reported 4,099 fresh Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 6.46 percent.
A night curfew under colour-coded Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) alert is already in force in Delhi. The night curfew begins at 10 pm and ends at 5 am.
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Under GRAP Yellow Alert in the national capital since December 29, cinemas, gyms are shut and public transport services like metro trains and buses were allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tested positive for Covid-19. In a tweet, the Delhi CM said he has mild symptoms and requested everyone who came in contact with him in the last few days to get tested.
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