Delhi says 17,000 new Covid cases; 9 deaths; 55-hour curfew

Officials involved in essential and emergency services, those stationed in the offices of various countries’ diplomats, and those holding constitutional positions will be allowed to move during the curfew if they produce valid identity cards.

On Friday, Covid patients received treatment at the Common Wealth Games Village Sports Complex, a Covid care centre in New Delhi. (ANI)

On Friday, Delhi reported 17,335 new Covid infections and 9 deaths, extending an alarming but expected rise. After Friday’s addition, the positivity rate increased to 17.73 percent. As of Friday, there were 6,912 containment zones in Delhi.

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Delhi will be under curfew from 10 p.m. on Friday until 5 p.m. on Monday, and shops, malls, and markets will be mostly closed during that time. During the lockdown, only essential shops and services will be allowed to operate. All city government-run hospitals have been asked to cancel leaves, with the exception of maternity and medical leaves, by the government’s health department.

Delhi says 17,000 new Covid cases
Delhi says 17,000 new Covid cases

“In light of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases and for effective management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the NCT of Delhi, all MDs/MSs/Directors of all hospitals of the Government of the NCT of Delhi are directed not to grant leaves of any kind except maternity leaves and other medical leaves to any medical and non-medical staff with immediate effect and to cancel all such leaves, if already granted,” read an order issued by the health department.

Delhi: The weekend curfew starts tonight; here’s what you can and can’t do.

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The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has asked all district magistrates to number all shops under their jurisdictions by Saturday because there have been some cases of violations of the odd-even formula for the opening of shops dealing in non-essential items.

The authorities claimed that adequate plans had been made to enforce the curfew throughout the city. Only those who are involved in essential services or who are in an emergency situation will be permitted to leave their homes. Those venturing out will be required to produce government-issued e-passes or valid identification cards. “We’ve made sufficient preparations to enforce the weekend curfew.” At markets, on the roads, in colonies, and in other public places, strict vigilance will be maintained. We will also increase the number of enforcement squads if necessary,” said a senior administrative official in the west district to PTI.

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On, residents can apply for an e-pass for the weekend curfew and the weekday night curfew. On production of valid identity cards, service ID cards, photo entry passes, and permission letters issued by the court administration, judges, judicial officers, court staff, and lawyers will be allowed to travel. Private medical personnel, such as doctors, nurses, and paramedics, as well as those associated with hospitals, diagnostic centres, testing laboratories, clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and medical oxygen suppliers, are exempt from the requirement to produce valid identification cards.

Passengers arriving at or departing from airports, railway stations, and interstate bus terminals will be permitted to travel only if they have valid tickets.

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