On Monday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) announced that there would be no lockdown in the capital. It is considering imposing stricter restrictions, such as closing dine-in restaurants and reducing seating capacity in Metro trains and buses.
This comes at a time when the Omicron variant is causing a massive increase in COVID cases in the city. On Sunday, the national capital reported 22,751 cases, with a positivity rate of 23.53 percent, compared to 20,181 cases on Saturday. According to the DDMA’s graded response, a total curfew is imposed if the positivity rate exceeds 5%, new cases exceed 16,000, or oxygenated bed occupancy exceeds 3,000.
DDMA decided to impose stricter restrictions at today’s meeting, but there will be no lockdown. It was also decided to strictly enforce existing restrictions, and it was discussed whether similar restrictions could be imposed in the National Capital Territory Region.
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal presided over a DDMA meeting where the decision was made. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Revenue Minister Kailash Gehlot, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, and other officials from the health department.
On Sunday, Kejriwal said the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Delhi was a source of “deep concern,” but that there was no plan to impose a lockdown. He also stated that if the Covid positivity rises above 20%, the level of restrictions could be raised from ‘yellow alert’ to’red alert.’
The DDMA decided to impose a weekend lockdown in Delhi at its most recent meeting. The authorities also ordered the closure of schools, colleges, cinemas, and gyms, as well as a variety of restrictions on how shops and public transportation operate.
A night curfew has also been imposed in the city, which runs from 10 p.m. (previously 11 p.m.) to 5 a.m.