Tuesday, 17 May, 2022
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Delhi to impose weekend curfew

Kejriwal contracts corona

New Delhi: Indian capital New Delhi will be placed under curfew on Saturdays and Sundays in new restrictions to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases driven by Omicron variant as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has tested positive for Covid-19.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced the decision after a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Tuesday, saying most offices will have to make half their employees work from home.

"In view of the rise in cases, the government took a few decisions at the DDMA meeting to help slow down the spread of the virus. Delhi will now have a weekend curfew. We appeal to the people to stay at home unless extremely necessary such as hospital," he said. Meanwhile, West Bengal state government has restricted air travel and announced that flights from Delhi and Mumbai will be allowed to land at Kolkata airport on two days in the week.

The government employees except those working in essential services will work from home.

Sisodia said private offices will be allowed to open with 50 percent capacity. "Buses and metros will operate at full capacity, but no one will be allowed without mask," he said.

DDMA met to discuss the situation in the national capital even as Delhi on Tuesday reported 5,481 new cases and three deaths with a positivity rate of 8.37 percent.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said as per genome sequencing reports of December 30-31, 84 percent of samples from the state were Omicron. However, he added that the situation was under control as not many people were developing severe symptoms or require hospitalisation.

Earlier in the day, Arvind Kejriwal said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and isolated himself at home.

"I have tested positive for Covid. Mild symptoms. Have isolated myself at home. Those who came in touch wid (with) me in last few days, kindly isolate urself (yourselves) and get urself tested," he tweeted.

A 10:00pm to 5:00am night curfew is already in place in Delhi as part of "yellow alert" restrictions announced on December 29.

Cinemas, gyms are shut and shops have been allowed on an odd-even basis.