In light of declining Covid cases, the Aam Aadmi Party government recommended lifting weekend curfews.
New Delhi, India: The weekend curfew in Delhi will be maintained for the time being, according to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government recommended lifting it due to a decrease in Covid cases.
The Lieutenant Governor’s office has stated that once the pandemic situation has improved further, a decision on lifting the weekend curfew will be made. He also vetoed a proposal to eliminate the odd-even rule for opening shops in markets.
The Lieutenant Governor, on the other hand, has agreed to the government’s recommendation that private offices be open to 50% attendance.
On Thursday, Delhi reported 12,306 new cases, down 10.72% from the previous 24 hours. However, 43 people were confirmed dead, the most since June of last year, when 44 people died.
COVID-related cases have been reported.
The number of cases in the national capital has dropped dramatically in recent days, from nearly 30,000 on January 14 to less than 13,000 yesterday.
The seven-day average of new cases has dropped from over 23,000 to 16,000 yesterday, down from a high of over 23,000 the day before.
However, there are nearly 70,000 active Covid cases in the city, with a positivity rate of more than 20% (number of cases detected per 100 tests), both of which are cause for concern.
The silver lining is that over 53,000 active cases are in home isolation, reducing the strain on the national capital’s hospital infrastructure; nearly 13,000 beds in Covid care facilities remain vacant, giving the city breathing room if more serious infections arise.
The Delhi government has also reduced the rates of RT-PCR tests and RAT, or rapid antigen tests, to encourage testing and rapid identification of Covid cases. The former is limited to 300 per test (down from 500), while home collection tests are limited to 500 and the latter is limited to 100 (down from 300).
On Sunday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain sought to assuage fears about a drop in the number of tests performed, claiming that the city was performing three times the number recommended by the ICMR, or Indian Council for Medical Research.
“Every day, Delhi conducts 60,000 to 1 lakh tests,” he said.
Meanwhile, India reported over 3.47 lakh new cases in just 24 hours, a nine percent increase in just 24 hours, with a worrying 18 percent positivity rate. There were over 700 deaths reported.