Delhi News Updates: Restaurants and bars will be shut from tomorrow onward. Only ‘take away’ and home delivery to be allowed.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday decided not to impose lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 and discussed further restrictions such as closing dine-in facility in restaurants and scaling down seating capacity in Metro trains and buses, officials said.
A DDMA meeting, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, also discussed ways to strictly enforce existing restrictions to check rising cases of the coronavirus and its Omicron variant. It was discussed in the DDMA meeting that restrictions imposed in Delhi should also be imposed in National Capital Territory Region to prevent rise in cases. The city buses and Metro trains are permitted to operate with a 100 per cent seating capacity.
Kejriwal had on Sunday said the rapid speed at which the coronavirus was spreading in Delhi had been a matter of “deep concern”, yet added there was no plan to impose lockdown. There would be no lockdown if people wear masks, he had stated.
Delhi has not reported any new case of the Omicron variant for two days now, maintaining a tally of 513 infections so far, data showed on Monday. Meanwhile, the city recorded 22,751 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths on in the last 24 hours. The total positivity rate on Sunday went to 23.53 per cent. The number of active cases stood at 60,733 while over 10,000 people recovered.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 precaution dose for healthcare workers, frontline workers and persons aged above 60 with co-morbidities started rolling out in Delhi from Monday. According to Centre’s directions, the third dose will be of the same vaccine as the first two jabs and will be given to those who were vaccinated nine months ago. In another development, more than 300 Delhi Police personnel, including the Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Monday. Additionally, at least 750 doctors and hundreds more nurses and paramedics from the six major hospitals in Delhi are currently down with virus.