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Yellow alert in Delhi

The DDMA has ordered 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.

The total count of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant Omicron has reached 781 in India. The variant of concern that was first detected in South Africa in November has now spread to 21 states in the country.

Delhi has the highest Omicron count with 238 cases, followed by Maharashtra with 167 cases.

India reported 9,195 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 44 per cent higher than yesterday’s 6,358 cases. The government has been continuously speeding up vaccination drive across the country.

The positivity rate for the day stood at 0.89 per cent. As many as 172 recoveries were recorded in the last 24 hours, while the active caseload stood at 1,612. The total number of cases of new Omicron variant of Covid-19 recorded in the national capital has mounted to 165, according to data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.

A night curfew is in effect from 10 pm to 5 am in the national capital.

UNDER THE NEW RULES, HERE’S WHAT WILL BE ALLOWED

  • Under the odd-even rule, shops and malls with non-essential services or goods will remain open from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • Construction work will continue, and the industry will remain open.
  • Restaurants will open with 50 per cent capacity but from 8 am to 10 pm, while bars will also open with 50 per cent capacity but from 12 noon to 10 pm.
  • Hotels will remain open but the banquet and conference halls inside the hotel will remain closed.
  • Delhi Metro will run with 50 per cent seating capacity.
  • Buses going from one state to another will run with 50 per cent seating capacity.
  • Only two passengers are allowed to travel in an auto, e-rickshaw, taxi and cycle rickshaw.
  • Salons and beauty parlors will remain open.
  • Only 20 people will be allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and funerals.
  • Religious places will remain open but entry of devotees will be restricted.
  • Private offices can open with 50 per cent capacity from 9 am to 5 pm.

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