No lockdown in Delhi, says government as city sees 5,500 new

Delhi recorded 5,500 fresh COVID-19 cases today, with positivity rate at 8.5%.

New Delhi: There will be no lockdown in Delhi, a top minister said today, as the city has recorded 5,500 new cases.

The positivity rate – the number of people testing positive for every 100 tests – has increased from 6.46 to 8.5 per cent.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said, “There will be no lockdown.”

“Today, there are 5,500 cases and an 8.5% positivity rate,” he said.

A weekend curfew and work from home have been imposed for government offices and private offices can only allow half their staff.

He said that buses and Delhi Metro will run at full capacity.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority met to decide on new restrictions in Delhi, with the positivity rate above five per cent for two consecutive days – the level that triggers a red alert under the colour-coded Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) .

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters, “Bus and Metro will work 100 per cent but not without masks. There is nothing to worry. Make the mask your shield.”

The cases today have increased from 4,099 cases on Monday.

Earlier today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 but had mild symptoms.

A night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am is already in place in Delhi under the “yellow alert” restrictions announced on December 29. Cinemas, gyms are closed and shops have been allowed on odd-even basis. Metro trains and buses can run only at half the capacity.

Top sources in the health ministry say that by mid-January, Delhi may see 20-25,000 cases a day and the number of hospitalizations may increase.

Top sources in the Union Health Ministry told NDTV that at the current rate of infection, Delhi could register 8-9,000 cases daily till January 8.

“There may be 20-25,000 cases daily in Delhi till January 15,” sources said.

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