Delhi govt declares 'yellow alert' amid rise in Covid cases

Arvind Kejriwal (IANS/File photo)

Delhi govt declares 'yellow alert' amid rise in Covid cases

New Delhi, December 28, 2021

Restrictions under Level 1 of the Graded Action Response Plan (GRAP) will be imposed in Delhi as its Covid-19 positivity rate continues to be over 0.5 per cent for the past few days, Delhi Chief Minister on Tuesday announced while declaring a yellow alert in the national capital.

"Delhi is mostly recording mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 cases. That is why there is no reason to panic. However, to ensure that the infection rate does not rise exponentially, a few restrictions under level 1 (yellow alert) is going to be imposed as the positivity rate continues to be more than 0.5 per cent for the past two days," Kejriwal said in a virtual press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

In the light of the spike in Covid-19 cases, the Chief Minister on Tuesday presided over a high-level meeting to take stock of the situation.

Kejriwal also appealed to the people to follow Covid-19-appropriate behaviour that includes wearing masks and maintaining social and physical distance.

The Graded Action Response Plan (GRAP) -- approved by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in July this year -- decides which activities would be allowed under what circumstances in case of a surge in Covid-19 cases. According to the GRAP, there will be four levels of colour-coded alerts namely, yellow, amber, orange and red.

Yellow alert is declared when the infection rate reaches a mark of 0.5 per cent positivity for two consecutive days. Under the Level 1 alert, 1,500 positive cases could be reported in the national capital in a span of one week.

Moreover, a night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. is imposed with only 50 per cent attendance or capacity allowed in the private offices (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and other public places like weekly markets, restaurants, bars, Delhi Metro and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses. Gatherings at weddings and funerals are allowed, but only with the attendance of 20 people at most.

The following is the list of curbs as the yellow alert goes into effect in the national capital:

The Delhi government had recently imposed a night curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. However, under the yellow alert, the night curfew will now be enforced from 10 p.m. till 5 a.m.

Schools, colleges, educational institutions, and coaching institutes will remain closed.

Private offices are permitted to function with 50 per cent capacity from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To limit the number of passengers, inter-state buses and the Delhi Metro will run at 50 per cent of its seating capacity and standing passengers will not be allowed to travel.

While restaurants can operate with 50 per cent capacity from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., bars will be permitted to run also at 50 per cent capacity from 12 noon to 10 p.m.

While, cinema halls, multiplexes, banquet halls and auditoriums will remain closed, salons and beauty parlours will function as usual.

Only 20 people will be allowed to attend weddings and funerals.

Essential shops, salons, bars, construction and manufacturing will function as usual. However, non-essential shops and malls will be operated on the odd-even basis from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IANS

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