Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal government has imposed night curfew in Delhi amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. The restrictions will remain in place for seven hours (10 PM to 5 AM) daily, starting today, news agency ANI reported while quoting the Delhi government. Essential services and emergency movement of vehicles, however, will be allowed.
“Night curfew imposed in Delhi from 10 PM to 5 AM with immediate effect till 30th April, in the wake of COVID19 situation,” the Delhi government said in a statement.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Friday said that Delhi was undergoing the fourth wave of COVID-19 but a lockdown was not being considered yet.
The last time night curfew was imposed in Delhi was on December 31 and January 1.
As per the Delhi government health bulletin on Monday, a total of 3,548 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 15 deaths were reported within the last 24 hours. The number of cumulative cases on Monday stood at 6,79,962. Over 6.54 lakh patients have recovered from the disease.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ordered that one-third of inoculation sites at its hospitals run round-the-clock and directed government as well as private hospitals to augment the number of beds reserved for coronavirus patients as the national capital recorded over 3,500 fresh COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths. The case positivity rate also rose to 5.54 per cent amid a massive surge in cases in the last few weeks.
CM Arvind Kejriwal also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to relax the norms for opening vaccination centres and lift the age criterion for getting inoculated. He reiterated that the Delhi government can vaccinate all the residents of the city within three months if the necessary permissions are granted by the Centre.
“Uttar Pradesh is prepared for the next wave of Covid-19”: CM Yogi Adityanath
Asserting that his government is prepared for the next wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the monitoring committees have become active amid reports that the third wave will affect the children more.
Adityanath said the monitoring committees have begun dividing the children into four age groups, adding the vaccination of adults has also been intensified. The Chief Minister claimed that Covid-19 was curtailed in the state earlier in September last year.
“Deepotsav was organized in Ayodhya in October last year. We kept on asking the people to maintain a distance of two meters and wear masks. In Uttar Pradesh, only 85 cases were reported one day. But we kept on increasing the testing,” he said during an interaction with Indian Express.
Adityanath had earlier this month flagged off a distribution drive of medicine kits to children below the age of 18 years.
Asserting that a good prevention system is a crucial weapon, the Chief Minister then said that the children below 18 years of age have been divided into four categories — 0-1 years, 1-5 years, 5-12 years, and 12-18 years — adding different medicines have been prepared for each category.
The monitoring committees have been asked to visit villages and carry out door-to-door surveys to identify children and others with Covid symptoms.
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