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Delhi Govt Announces New COVID-19 Curbs Amid Rise In Cases, Weekend Curfew Imposed

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Mumbai: Amid the rise of COVID-19 in the national capital, the Delhi government has decided to impose a curfew over the weekend to contain the coronavirus cases.

Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) officials said that as per the new orders, government officials in the national capital have been made mandatory to work from home except in essential services.

DDMA held an important meeting today to discuss the need for more restrictions in view of the alarming rise in COVID cases. The reason for the rise in infections in the national capital is the Omicron version of the coronavirus.

Giving information about the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that a weekend curfew will be imposed in the national capital from January 8. He appealed to the people to stay at home on Saturday and Sunday and step out in case of any emergency.

Sisodia urged people not to panic amid the COVID outbreak and suggested that the data available so far indicates that omicrons spread much faster but are less severe.

However, he cautioned people about being complacent and asked them to wear masks and avoid crowding in public places.

Full list of fresh restrictions in Delhi

  • Night curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM
  • Weekend curfew from Friday 10 PM to Monday 5 AM.
  • Private offices will remain open with 50 per cent capacity.
  • Government offices, barring essential services, to work from home.
  • People traveling in metros and buses have to wear face masks. No entry without masks.

Since last week, Delhi has been witnessing a spurt in COVID cases. The national capital recorded 4,099 fresh coronavirus infections on January 3. With the spike in fresh cases, the COVID positivity rate has reached 6.46 per cent.

According to the latest government data released by the Delhi government, out of 9,029 COVID beds in Delhi hospitals, only 420 are occupied.

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