A 10 PM to 5 AM night curfew will be enforced in Delhi till 30 April, the city government said today amid a rise in Covid cases. This is the toughest order by the Delhi government since a fresh surge in coronavirus infections in the capital.
“Night curfew imposed in Delhi from 10 PM to 5 AM with immediate effect till 30 April, in the wake of COVID19 situation,” the Delhi government said in a statement.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on 2 April said Delhi was going through 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 31 December and 1 January.
“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,” he had told reporters.
As per the Delhi government health bulletin on 5 April, 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 5 April 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% amid a massive surge in cases in the last few weeks.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal 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.