Considering the impending danger due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, The Delhi government has decided to impose the night curfew from 11 pm to 5 pm on the streets of the capital city. The announcement was made on December 26 that said that the order will come into effect from December 27 as the positivity rate surged past 0.5 per cent.
Delhi, one of the worst-hit cities in India, is abruptly witnessing a spike in COVID-19. On Saturday, it reported 249 new cases, the highest single-day rise since June 13 this year. One death was also recorded during this period. Earlier, the AAP govt had banned all the cultural events and gatherings for Christmas and new year celebrations.
“All district magistrates shall conduct an intensive survey of the entire area falling under their jurisdiction and identify those pockets, colonies markets and crowded places which have the potential of becoming superspreaders of coronavirus and its Omicron variant,” the DDMA had said in the order.
India has reported 358 cases of Omicron across 17 states and UT. Several other states had already imposed night curfews to fight the new variant that besets the people. The list includes the states of Karnataka, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh that recently gave the orders. Maharashtra has imposed Section 144 of CrPC, which bars the assembly of five or more people from 9 pm to 6 am.
Omicron multiplies much faster in the human bronchi and much more slowly in the lung tissue, according to a study that shows that the variant has less potential to inflict severe disease in the patients.