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New Delhi’s weekend curfew; metro trains and buses run at full capacity

On Tuesday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) declared a weekend curfew in the national capital, citing a spike in Covid-19 cases and an Omicron scare.
Only 350 of the city’s nearly 11,000 active Covid cases have been admitted to hospitals, with 124 patients on oxygen and seven on ventilator support, according to Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a digital press conference following the meeting.
Despite the fact that the majority of the cases are minor, the DDMA meeting on Tuesday, convened by Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, opted to impose a weekend curfew, according to Sisodia.

Delhi metro

According to Sisodia, only individuals in exempted categories would be allowed to leave their houses during the curfew.

While there is already a night curfew in place, the weekend curfew would begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and end at 5 a.m. on Monday.

People arriving at or departing from airports, railway stations, and ISBTs with a valid travel ticket, as well as those taking academic or recruitment examinations with a valid ID and admit card, are all exempted categories.

Another key decision taken by the DDMA is that, with the usage of social distancing and Covid safety measures, Delhi Metro trains and public transportation buses, which were previously limited to 50% seating capacity and no standing passengers, will now be able to operate at full capacity.

This was done to minimise super crowded zones growing outside metro stations and congestion at bus stops, said to Sisodia.

According to Sisodia, only those government employees who provide important services would come to work, while others would work from home.

For private offices, the established operational norm of a 50% staff strength stays unaltered.

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