Delhi imposes fresh curbs, shuts restaurants and bars

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal announced on Monday that it would close restaurants and bars and only allow take-away facilities in Delhi as coronavirus cases continued to rise in the capital.

“In view of the increase in positive cases, it was decided to close the restaurants and bars and only allow take-out options. It was also decided to allow only one weekly market per day and zone to operate,” he said.

“Officials have been advised to strictly ensure the wearing of masks and the observance of social distancing by citizens in markets and public areas in order to break the chain of transmission,” added Anil Baijal.

At the beginning of the day, Anil Baijal chaired a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on the Covid situation in the state capital. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Manish Sisodia, Minister of Health Satyendar Jain, Minister of Finance Kailash Gehlot, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev and other officials from the Ministry of Health.

DDMA excluded the possibility of blocking, but pointed out more stringent restrictions.

The Delhi Regional Court said the health department had been advised to make adequate provision for additional staff in hospitals and to expand vaccination efforts to include the population between the ages of 15 and 18.

The health department was also advised to receive positive messages, especially through the popular media, in order to gain support from the population and to discourage citizens from reacting to panic.

“Everyone involved has been urged to deal with the pandemic in a coordinated manner,” Baijal said in a series of tweets.

In the past two days, Delhi has reported over 20,000 cases. On Sunday, the state capital reported 22,751 cases and the positivity rate rose to 23.53%, while the city reported 20,181 cases on Saturday.

Amid a rapid surge in Omicron infections, Delhi authorities are following an alert-based restriction system under the Graduated Response Plan of Action (GRAP).

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the DDMA has issued detailed guidelines to break the chain of infection, which is imposed depending on the alert level.

This tiered response action plan consists of 3 parameters i.e. positivity rate, cumulative new positive cases and average oxygenated bed occupancy for lock or unlock in Delhi. Based on these parameters, four alert levels are imposed in the state capital, which are recommended by a high-level state committee.

The Yellow Warning Level 1 alert is triggered or imposed when the case positivity rate has exceeded 0.5% for two consecutive days, or the cumulative daily positive cases (seven-day moving average) exceed 1,500 or the average oxygenated bed occupancy (seven-day average) . is over 500.

In the meantime, the level 2 alarm or the yellow alarm takes into account a positivity rate of more than 1%, a cumulative daily average of 3,500 cases, or bed occupancy over 700.

Level 3 (orange) and level 4 (red) alerts in the state capital are also taken into account if the positivity rate is above 2% or 5%. Other parameters for triggering level 3 and 4 alarms are cumulative daily incidents of more than 9,000 and 16,000 or a bed occupancy of over 1,000 or 3,000.

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