Delhi imposes weekend curfew as COVID-19 cases rise; non-essential movement curbed, WFH for govt employees

The decision came as the National Capital has been struggling with a spike in coronavirus cases; on Monday, it recorded over 4,000 cases

FP Staff January 04, 2022 14:13:01 IST
Delhi imposes weekend curfew as COVID-19 cases rise; non-essential movement curbed, WFH for govt employees

A health worker performs coronavirus screening of people queued outside a metro station in New Delhi. AFP

The rise in COVID-19 cases has prompted Delhi authorities to impose a weekend curfew from Friday 10 pm to Monday 5 am in the city.

Additional restrictions have also been imposed as the national capital recorded a whopping 4,099 fresh COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate spiralled to 6.46 percent on Monday.

Talking of the surge, Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said, “The Omicron variant of coronavirus is behind the surge in infections in the city and more restrictions will be implemented if the bed occupancy rate goes up.”

Delhi curbs

>> A weekend curfew in the city; no non-essential movement will be allowed during the weekend curfew
>> All government employees, barring essential services, will ‘work from home’
>> Private offices will function at 50 percent capacity
>> The seating cap in buses and metro will be increased to 100 per cent to avoid crowding at stops and stations. However, there will be no entry without masks

Incidentally, the curbs came into place on the same day that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that he was isolating at home after testing positive for coronavirus.

In a tweet, he announced his COVID diagnosis and said that he was experiencing mild symptoms.

Curfews in other states

The Punjab government on Tuesday ordered closure of schools and colleges and imposition of a night curfew to restrict public movement following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the state over the past few days.

Announcing the new restrictions, OP Soni, Punjab health minister said that the third wave had arrived and face masks should be mandatory for everyone.

According to the order, movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 10 pm to 5 am within municipal limits of all the cities and towns of Punjab.

All educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, and coaching institutions, shall remain closed, it further said.

Bars, cinema halls, multiplexes, malls, restaurants, spas, museums, and zoos shall be allowed to operate at 50 percent of their capacity subject to all staff present being fully vaccinated, the order read. Sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools, and gyms (except those being used for training of sportspersons for participation in national or international events) shall remain closed , it said, adding no spectators or visitors will be allowed there.

Only fully vaccinated staff will be allowed to attend government and private offices, working spaces, factories, and industries, it said.

Air conditioned buses will run at 50 percent capacity, according to the order.

Punjab has been witnessing a rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases over the last few days. It has so far recorded 6,05,922 cases with 16,651 deaths.

Goa has also imposed a night curfew and ordered shutdown of schools and colleges as COVID spiked in the coastal state.

The curfew would last from 11 pm to 6 am and colleges as well as classes eight and nine in schools would remain shut till 26 January.

With inputs from agencies

Read all the Latest News, Trending NewsCricket News, Bollywood News,
India News and Entertainment News here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Updated Date:

also read

COVID-19 update: India reports 2,841 new cases, nine deaths in last 24 hours, active cases dip to 18,604
India

COVID-19 update: India reports 2,841 new cases, nine deaths in last 24 hours, active cases dip to 18,604

The fresh COVID-19 infections reported on Friday were marginally higher than 2,827 cases logged on Thursday. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.58 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was 0.69 per cent

Ramp up Covid vaccination drive for children aged 12-14 years: UP CM to officials
Health

Ramp up Covid vaccination drive for children aged 12-14 years: UP CM to officials

So far, over 2,36,01,148 children in the age group of 15-17 years and over 77,68,203 children in the aged 12-14 have been administered vaccine doses in Uttar Pradesh

COVID-19: 393 new cases, 2 more deaths in Delhi, positivity rate 3.35 %
Health

COVID-19: 393 new cases, 2 more deaths in Delhi, positivity rate 3.35 %

Delhi had reported 377 new Covid cases and one more death on Monday, while the positivity rate was 3.37 percent