Delhi likely to decide on more restrictions tomorrow amid Kovid-19

Delhi is still seeing congestion on the streets despite the increase of Kovid.

New Delhi: Amid rising cases of coronavirus in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is expected to consider more restrictions – to check the spread of the infection – in its meeting to be held on Tuesday, official sources said. Official sources said.

According to the government’s health bulletin on Monday, Delhi added 4,099 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with the positivity rate rising to 6.46 per cent.

The DDMA, in its last meeting on December 29, had decided that the COVID restrictions imposed under ‘yellow alert’ in Delhi would continue in view of the low number of hospitalisations.

However, according to the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), Delhi has reached the Level 4 (Red Alert) restrictions phase, which stipulates the closure of most activities and a total curfew.

According to GRAP, the ‘red alert’ comes into force after the positivity rate is above 5 per cent for two consecutive days.

An official said, “In the last DDMA meeting, it was decided to review the emerging situation and consider whether further restrictions as per GRAP are required. Tuesday’s meeting will discuss whether to check the spread of Omicron. Something else needs to be done.” the source said on Monday.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday that the cases of corona virus are increasing rapidly but the situation is under control as people are not getting seriously ill and have to be hospitalised.

Speaking during the ongoing session of the Assembly, the Minister said that no patient infected with Omicron in Delhi hospitals has required oxygen as of now. He said that there is no need to panic and appealed to follow social distancing and wear face masks.

Mr Jain also said that Delhi is the first state to have ordered closure of schools and ban on gatherings to contain the spread of coronavirus, while “other states have imposed only night curfew”.

Under the yellow alert, the government has also closed cinema halls and gyms and shops of non-essential goods are opening on an odd-even basis, while the seating capacity in metro trains and city buses has been reduced to 50 percent.

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