- Delhi reported nearly 20,000 COVID cases on January 10
- The COVID positivity rate in Delhi is at 25 per cent
- Dine-in in restaurants and bars in Delhi not allowed anymore
New Delhi: On Monday (January 10), Delhi reported close to 20,000 fresh COVID-19 cases. According to the state Health Minister, COVID-19 cases have peaked in Delhi or will peak in a day or two. It (peak) will happen this week definitely following which cases should start falling down, said Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain to NDTV. Amid a continuous surge in cases, on Tuesday (January 11), the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) directed that all private offices shall be closed and employees should work from home (WFH) except those that come under the exempted category. Until now, private offices were working with a 50 per cent workforce.
List of Delhi private offices that don’t need WFH:
- Private banks
- Offices of companies providing essential services
- Insurance firms
- Offices of pharma companies requiring management of production and distribution
- Entities or Intermediaries regulated by the Reserve Bank of India
- Non-banking financial companies
- Microfinance institutions
- Lawyers’ offices if courts, tribunals or commissions are open
- Courier service
The DDMA has also ordered the closure of dine-in service in restaurants and bars in the national capital. However, restaurants have been allowed to service home delivery and take away orders. Earlier, the restaurants and bars in the capital were allowed to run with 50 per cent capacity to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Though Delhi has been reporting a spike in COVID cases, the situation seems to be less severe, as per Mr Jain, the reason being, low hospitalisation rate. Most of the patients are being treated at home.
Even after reporting close to 20,000 cases, only 2,000 beds are occupied in COVID hospitals, leaving over 12,000 beds vacant, Mr Jain said.
To support COVID patients in home isolation, the Delhi government has decided to start ‘Delhi ki Yogshala’ to teach Yoga. In a media briefing, CM Kejriwal said,
For the past two-three days, the rate at which COVID cases are being reported has come down. For COVID-19 patients in home isolation, we are starting online yoga classes. An instructor will teach yoga to the COVID-19 patients for their speedy recovery.
In a one of its kind initiative, Delhi government will introduce a special online yoga program for Corona patients who are in home isolation.
— CMO Delhi (@CMODelhi) January 11, 2022
The CM informed that a registration link will be sent to all the patients who are home quarantined. Patients can confirm their availability and their timings. In the morning, there will be five classes for one hour each, starting from 6 am to 12 pm, while in the evening, the three classes of one hour each will be from 4 pm to 7 pm.
40,000 patients can take a class at a time. Only 15 patients will be present in each class starting tomorrow. Though the Omicron variant is mild, I hope yoga improves the immunity of people in home isolation and also provides mental and spiritual peace, said CM Kejriwal.
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