The Delhi government on Saturday issued new orders regarding gatherings in closed spaces amid the recent spate of Covid-19 cases in the nation’s capital. The order followed earlier restrictions put in place by the government on celebrations and gatherings in public places and religious sites during the upcoming festivals of Holi, Navratri and Shab-e-Barat. The government has also issued new restrictions on people arriving at the airport, train stations and bus terminals.
Delhi recorded 1,558 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the highest in more than three months, and 10 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to a bulletin released by the health department on Saturday. The number of infections in the capital soared to 655,834 and included 6,625 active cases and 638,212 recoveries and 10,997 deaths.
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Here is the list of restrictions put in place by the Delhi government amid growing Covid-19 cases:
1. The government has capped gatherings in open wedding venues to 200 and 100 in the case of closed spaces. In addition, only 50 people will be allowed to attend the funeral. The restriction will remain in place until April 30, according to an order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
2. In an earlier order, celebrations and gatherings in public places and religious sites in the capital are prohibited for Holi, Navaratri and Shab-e-Barat. “It is expected that gatherings, congregations and public celebrations at upcoming festivals like Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navratri, etc. may pose a considerable threat to the spread of the virus and may result in a setback of appreciable gains made in removing the chain of transmission of Covid-19 cases in Delhi. In view of this, it was decided that public celebrations and all gatherings / congregations at upcoming festivals should not be allowed in public places, ”said the order signed by Chief Secretary Vijay Dev.
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3. However, private parties inside homes and private lawns will be permitted.
4. The DDMA also said that people arriving at the airport, train stations and bus terminals will be randomly tested. “All district disaster management authorities should perform randomized testing (RAT / RT-PCR) of passengers arriving from states where Covid-19 cases are on the increase, at all airports, train stations, interstate buses (ISBT) and other drop-off points. (for private buses) in Delhi NCT, ”the ordinance says.
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5. The government has also ordered all District Magistrates (DMs) to increase surveillance of super-spraying areas to ensure that behaviors appropriate to Covid, such as wearing masks and social distancing, are follow-ups. “There are several super-broadcast areas like weekly markets, cinema, shopping malls, metro services, religious places, etc. All DMs should significantly step up their enforcement efforts and awareness campaigns in these areas. Areas where serological surveillance is low should also be targeted with more intensive efforts, ”the ordinance said.