New Delhi: As the national capital sees fewer COVID-19 cases for the past few days, the decision to ease curbs enforced during the Omicron surge was taken at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) today (January 27), in which the Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal were present. Here is what is allowed and what’s not allowed in the national capital now amid the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
– The government has removed the weekend curfew, which was enforced earlier in Delhi, though the 10 pm to 5 am night curfew stays
– The odd-even system of opening non-essential shops in the city has been removed
– Restaurants and cinemas can now reopen at 50 per cent capacity
– Schools and colleges will continue to remain shut for now
– The number of guests at weddings has been raised to 200 guests in open areas and up to 50 per cent capacity at indoor venues. So far, only 20 people were allowed to attend these events at home
– Government offices have also been allowed to reopen with 50 per cent of staff
Delhi’s COVID Numbers
The national capital has seen a dip in the number of cases and the positivity rate. Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday (January 27) said that the coronavirus situation in Delhi is under control and the city is expected to report less than 5,000 cases of the infection.
As of January 26, Delhi reported 7,498 fresh coronavirus cases and 6,028 cases a day before (January 25). As of Wednesday, the positivity rate was at 10.59 per cent which has come down from 13.3 per cent (January 24). Active cases in Delhi stand at 38,315, according to the official data.
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