Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that weekend curfew will be imposed in the capital from coming weekend.
Metro and buses will run at full occupancy. The step has been taken after seeing huge crowds outside metro and bus stations. The crowd was causing concern to the government authorities.
The decision has been taken in Delhi Disaster Management Authority meeting today. The meeting was held to review the rise in Covid-19 cases in the capital.
Manish Sisodia has requested the people to not go out during weekends unless there is an emergency.
He added, “We saw in some cases that because the seating capacity in buses was curtailed, long lines and crowd were seen at bus stops. These places were at a risk of becoming super-spreaders. We have decided that buses and metros will now run at full capacity, but no one will be allowed in without masks. This is being done to ensure there is no crowding at stations and bus stops.”
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Delhi government and municipal officials that do not take part in essential services will work from home.
Private offices will run at 50% capacity.
Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said that weekend curfew should not be considered as lockdown. The rate of positive cases of Covid-19 has come to 8.5%.
The weekend curfew will start from Friday 10 pm and will end on Monday 5 am.
Manish Sisodia told that Delhi has reported 11,000 cases in past 8-10 days. 350 patients are in hospital and 124 patients required oxygen cylinders. 7 patients are on ventilator.