New Delhi’s weekend curfew; metro trains and buses run at full capacity

DELHI, NEW DELHI: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) announced a weekend curfew on Tuesday, citing an increase in Covid-19 cases and an Omicron scare in the national capital.
In a digital press conference following the meeting, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that out of the approximately 11,000 active Covid cases in the city, only 350 have been admitted to hospitals, with 124 patients on oxygen and seven on ventilator support.
Despite the fact that the majority of the cases are minor, Sisodia said, the DDMA meeting chaired by Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday decided to impose a weekend curfew.

Delhi metro
Delhi metro

Only those in exempted categories will be permitted to leave their homes during the curfew, according to Sisodia.

While a night curfew already exists, the weekend curfew would start at 10 p.m. on Friday and last until 5 a.m. on Monday.

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Exempted categories include government officials performing essential services, all government and private healthcare workers, pregnant women and those in need of health care, people arriving at or departing from airports, railway stations, and ISBTs with a valid travel ticket, and those taking academic or recruitment exams with a valid ID and admit card.

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Another major decision made by the DDMA is that Delhi Metro trains and public transportation buses, which were previously limited to 50% seating capacity and no standing passengers, will now be able to operate at full capacity, with the use of social distancing and Covid safety protocols.

This, according to Sisodia, was done to avoid super spreader areas forming outside metro stations and crowding at bus stops.

Only those government employees engaged in essential services would come to work, according to Sisodia, while others would work from home.

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The existing guideline of operations with a 50 percent staff strength remains unchanged for private offices.

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