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Omicron: Yellow alert to continue, no fresh restrictions for now

By Jasleen Kaur -- December 29, 2021 8:17 pm -- Updated:December 29, 2021 8:34 pm

New Delhi: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Wednesday decided that Covid-related restrictions imposed in Delhi under ‘yellow alert’ will continue. The situation will be monitored for a while before deciding on fresh curbs amid rising Omicron cases.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday, who is also the chairperson of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). It was attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other experts.

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The DDMA on Tuesday declared a ‘yellow alert’ under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the city amid a spike in Covid cases following the emergence of Omicron variant.

The ‘yellow alert’ entails restrictions such as night curfew, closure of schools and colleges, opening of shops selling non-essential items on an odd-even basis, halved seating capacity in Metro trains and buses, among other things.

The DDMA has decided that curbs imposed under the yellow alert will continue in the national capital for now. The authorities are in favour of monitoring the situation for some more time and to avoid imposing further restrictions under ‘amber alert’, they said.

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An ‘amber alert’ is declared when the positivity rate is recorded at one per cent or above for two consecutive days. Meanwhile, the total number of Omicron cases in the city stands at 165.

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