Thursday, 20 January 2022

More restrictions likely in Delhi

More restrictions likely in Delhi

On Monday, India kicked off its vaccination drive against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for people aged between 15-17. A continued increase in Omicron cases pushed states forward more curbs to contain the virus. As Delhi reported a 28% spike in new Covid cases, health minister Satyendra Jain revealed that 84 percent of infections recorded in Delhi in the last two days were of the Omicron variant.

The positivity test rate for Covid-19 has stayed more than 5% in Delhi for two consecutive days, which may cause the authorities to issue a 'red alert' under the GRAP. Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported a marginal rise in daily virus cases.

All you need to know about the covid situation in India, and the measures are taken:

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Read More: Schools will remain closed in Mumbai for classes 1 to 9 until 31st January

Delhi recorded 4,099 confirmed fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, with over 11,0000 active cases.

  • The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will meet on Tuesday morning to review the prevailing Covid situation. It is likely to discuss the need for more curbs in the national capital to contain the virus.
  • The central government restricted the attendance of its employees below the level of under-secretary to 50 percent, directing all officers and employees residing inside Covid containment zones to not come to the office until their location has been de-notified, PTI reported.
  • Persons with pregnant women and disabled employees have been exempted from physical attendance.
  • Union minister Jitendra Singh announced that biometric attendance for government officials and employees had been suspended with immediate effect.
  • The Jharkhand government announced that all educational institutions, high footfall places like gyms, parks, swimming pools, and tourist spots would remain closed till January 15. It directed markets to shut after 8 pm, barring medical shops, bars, and restaurants.
  • Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane said that 66 passengers from the around 2,000 passengers on board the Cordelia cruises ship were positive for Covid-19. He added that the govt would take appropriate measures to discuss disembarking of passengers.
  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said schools would remain closed for classes 1 to 9 in Mumbai until January 31 because of a worrying surge in Covid cases. Classes will continue as scheduled for classes 10 and 12.
  • India administered over 40 lakh vaccine doses to people between the 15-18 age group till 8 pm on the 1st day of the vaccination drive for children.
    Bengaluru's civic body said 24X7 control rooms had been set up to provide all information regarding Covid-19 in all eight zones in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike limits.

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