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Covid-19: Delhi Closes Restaurants For Dine-in; Health Dept Asked To Ramp Up Hospital Facilities, Vaccination

The night curfew has also been imposed from 10 pm (earlier 11 pm) to 5 am in the national capital.

Laxmi Nagar Market shut down by DDMA after COVID-19 norms were violated as markets open post relaxations in lockdown curbs (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Delhi administration imposed fresh curbs in the city amid COVID-19 surge as it prohibited dining at restaurants and will allow only ‘take away’ facility. Following a review meeting with the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said, “Today’s DDMA meeting decided to close restaurants and bars and to allow ‘take away’ facility only. It was also decided to allow operation of only one weekly market per day per zone.”

The Delhi health department was advised to make adequate arrangements for additional manpower in hospitals and to scale up the vaccination efforts including for those in age group of 15-18 years, said LG Baijal, who was chairing the meeting.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Revenue Minister Kailash Gehlot, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, and several health department officials were also present in the meeting.

DDMA in its last meeting had decided to impose a weekend lockdown in Delhi. DDMA last week ordered the closure of schools, colleges, cinemas, and gyms with immediate effect and put various restrictions on the functioning of shops and public transport as a yellow alert was sounded under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

The night curfew has also been imposed from 10 pm (earlier 11 pm) to 5 am in the national capital.

The Delhi government plans to have 50,000 oxygenated beds and 12,059 ICU beds for coronavirus patients in the city. There are 16,180 oxygenated beds and 3,619 ICU beds in hospitals in Delhi at present.

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According to the government’s bed escalation plan, the number of oxygenated beds will be increased to 28,645 in the first phase, to 37,000 in the second phase and 50,000 in the third phase. The number of ICU beds will be increased to 8,041 in the first phase, to 10,594 in the second phase and 12,059 in the third phase.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier said his government has made preparations to handle one lakh patients, conduct three lakh tests daily and ensure availability of enough manpower, medicines and medical oxygen.

Delhi on Monday witnessed a dip in the fresh COVID-19 cases as it reported 19,166 infections, however, the positivity rate rose to 25 per cent. The national capital recorded 14,076 recoveries, and 17 deaths. The number of active cases rose to 65,806, while the death toll reached 25,177. Delhi had logged 22,751 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Sunday.

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As per a bulletin issued by the health department on Sunday, the positivity rate for the day stands at 23.53 per cent. With this, the total cases of the COVID-19 in the city have gone up to 15,49,730 including 60,733 active cases.

As many as 10,179 people recovered from the infection during the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries in the national capital to 14,63,837. However, the city also reported 17 COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours. So far, 25,160 people have succumbed to the infection in Delhi.

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