Delhi government imposes night curfew from 10pm to 5am till April 30 amid rising Covid-19 cases
Authorities in Delhi imposed a seven-hour night curfew from Tuesday till April 30 to tackle the rising cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The announcement about the night curfew from 10pm to 5am comes a day after Delhi on Monday recorded 3,548 cases of coronavirus disease, according to health department bulletin, which have pushed the Capital’s caseload to 679,962. The death toll also rose to 11,096 after 15 new fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, the bulletin showed.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal last week said that the national capital is hit by the fourth wave of the virus, but a lockdown will not be imposed. "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," Kejriwal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
"Buses, metro, autos, taxis and other modes of public transport will be allowed to ferry only those people who are exempt from night curfew. Departments providing essential services remain exempted. Rules applicable to the movement of people and not essential goods and services," an official was quoted as saying by ANI.
Private doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, with an ID card, will be exempted from night curfew. On producing a valid ticket, passengers going to airports, railway stations and bus stations will also be exempted including patients and pregnant women going for treatment, officials said according to ANI.
To travel for getting vaccinated, people need to have an e-pass. "No restrictions on traffic movement during night curfew. Owners of ration, general, fruits, vegetables and medical stores will be allowed on e-pass. Print and electronic media personnel will be allowed to move on e-pass," the official said, according to ANI.
Delhi is among the 11 states and Union territories displaying an upward trajectory in daily Covid-19 cases. The Covid-19 tests positivity rate of the national capital has spiked from being less than one per cent during the first week of March to over 5 per cent on April 5. Delhi on Tuesday also registered the top spot in reporting new deaths from the disease in the last 24 hours. As per the Union health ministry data, the Capital is one of the eight states that contributed 81 per cent to the new deaths reported in the past 24 hours-446.
States and Union territories across the nation have imposed stricter restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19. Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh have also imposed night curfew in the wake of rising cases of the coronavirus disease. Prior to the imposition of the night curfew, the Delhi government restricted the maximum number of people allowed in wedding ceremonies and last rites and opened schools only for students of Classes 9-12 for practical sessions.