Delhi imposes weekend curfew as Omicron wave hits India

Amid the continuous rise of Covid-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will likely implement a weekend curfew in Delhi.

A meeting was of DDMA was held on January 4 under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. The current Covid-19 situation and the increasing Omicron cases were reviewed at the meeting.

DDMA last week ordered the closure of schools, colleges, cinemas and gyms with immediate effect and put various restrictions on the functioning of shops and public transport as a yellow alert was sounded under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

The night curfew has also been imposed from 10 pm (earlier 11 pm) to 5 am in the national capital.

The city reported 4,099 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the national capital's positivity rate to 6.46 per cent, Delhi's health department bulletin informed on January 3. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also been tested positive for Covid-19.

In the last 24 hours, Delhi also witnessed one Covid-related death taking the death toll to 25,100.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said that if the daily Covid-19 cases cross the 20,000 mark, then the lockdown will be imposed in the city.

"We will have to impose lockdown in Mumbai if daily Covid cases cross the 20,000-mark," said Pednekar. She further said that all the schools in the city have been closed due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, and students are taking online classes.

"People should not crowd and should follow the rules. No one wants lockdown, but for that, people should follow the rules," added Mumbai Mayor.


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