New Delhi: In the wake of rising cases of coronavirus, the Delhi government on Tuesday decided to impose night curfew in the national capital from today till April 30. As per order from the Delhi government, the night curfew will be in place from 10 PM till 5 AM. However, the essential services during the night curfew will be allowed.
The decision to impose night curfew was taken amid rising number of cases in the city. On Monday, Delhi reported 3,548 cases and 15 deaths. Notably, this is one of the toughest orders taken by the Delhi government since a fresh surge in coronavirus infections reported in the capital.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Friday said Delhi was going through the fourth wave of COVID-19 but a lockdown was not being considered yet.
“As per the current situation, we are not considering imposing a lockdown. We are closely monitoring the situation and such a decision will only be taken after due public consultation,” he had told reporters.
During night curfew hours, traffic movement would not be stopped and those going for vaccinations will be allowed with an e-pass, officials said.
Those in essential services and retailers who need to travel after hours for ration, grocery stocks, vegetables, milk and medicines will also be allowed with similar passes. So will journalists of the print and electronic media.
Private doctors, nurses and other medical staff would be allowed movement with ID cards.
Exceptions will also be made for pregnant women and those needing treatment.
The night curfew was being enforced to check the movement of people, not essential services, the Delhi government said in its order.
States like Maharashtra and Rajasthan have also launched night curfews to restrict movement in the middle of a spike in Covid cases across the country. On Monday, the number of cases in 24 hours crossed one lakh for the first time in India.
Maharashtra has announced a weekend lockdown and a tough 8 pm to 7 am curfew. Rajasthan’s night curfew is from 8 pm to 6 am.
Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, a night curfew has been imposed in Jodhpur between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am from April 6 to April 19. This comes after Rajasthan government said district magistrates and police commissioners have the authority to impose night curfew in their jurisdiction if there is a spike in the number of cases in their districts.
India recorded 96,982 fresh COVID-19 cases and 446 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. With this recent spike, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country surged to 1,26,86,049 while the death toll increased to 1,65,547. Meanwhile, India’s active caseload stands at 7,88,223.