New Delhi: Delhi administration has taken extreme measures to tackle the record rise in coronavirus cases in the national capital that has severely strained the city’s resources and health infrastructure by imposing a complete curfew from tonight to next Monday morning.
During this time all private offices will Work From Home and only government offices and essential services will be open, as per sources.
On Sunday, Delhi recorded the biggest jump in its daily Covid tally with 25,462 fresh cases and a positivity rate of nearly 30 per cent, which means almost every third sample being tested in the city is turning out positive.
A weekend curfew was on in the capital to “break the chain of transmission” but continuing violations in parts of the city signaled that harsher steps were needed.
On Saturday, 24,375 Covid cases and 167 deaths were reported in the city.
The decision was reportedly taken when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal this morning.
In the earlier order, auditoriums, restaurants, malls, gyms and spas were shut down in Delhi and movie theatres are allowed only with a third of their capacity. All gatherings — social, religious or political – were banned.
Mr Kejriwal has been saying that the rising cases have been exerting tremendous pressure on the national capital’s health infrastructure.
“The situation is very serious and worrisome. Cases have gone up really fast. That is why we are facing shortages even though everything seemed under control until a few days ago. But the speed at which this corona is growing, no one knows where its peak will be,” he said in a virtual address on Friday.
In 2020, the city was under complete lockdown between March 22 and May 18 and after this, the national capital reopened in several stages.