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Delhi imposes weekend curfew amid Covid surge; metro, buses to run with 100% capacity

By Rajan Nath -- January 04, 2022 1:06 pm -- Updated:January 04, 2022 8:45 pm

Amid rising cases of coronavirus and Omicron in the national capital, the Delhi Government led by Arvind Kejriwal has decided to impose a weekend curfew from Friday 10 pm to Monday 5 am in an order to curb the spread of Covid-19, the DDMA officials said.

A meeting was of DDMA was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. At the meeting, the current Covid-19 situation and the increasing Omicron cases in Delhi were reviewed. The decision of imposing a weekend curfew in Delhi comes after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tested positive for Covid-19.

The DDMA officials said that the Government officials barring essential services have been asked to work from home in Delhi while the private offices have been advised to work with 50 percent capacity.

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However, the buses and metro will continue to ply with full capacity but there will be no entry without a face mask.

Last week, DDMA ordered the closure of schools, colleges, cinemas, and gyms with immediate effect and put various restrictions on the functioning of shops and public transport as a yellow alert was sounded under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

The night curfew has also already been imposed from 10 pm (earlier 11 pm) to 5 am in the national capital.

The city reported 4,099 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the positivity rate in the national capital to 6.46 percent, Delhi's health department bulletin informed on Monday.

The active cases in the city have gone to 10,986 and the cumulative tally of the Covid-19 cases now stands at 14,58,220.

In the last 24 hours, Delhi also witnessed one Covid-related death taking the death toll to 25,100. Delhi has the second-highest cases of Omicron across the country.

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-PTC News

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