Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The capital of India imposes a night curfew amid an increase in coronovirus cases


A health worker places a swab sample vial in a box after a roadside Kovid-19 RT-PCR test in New Delhi, India, on April 1. Naveen Sharma / SOPA Image / Shutterstock

The Union Territory of India, which includes the country’s capital New Delhi, has imposed curfew with immediate effect as cases of coronovirus increase, the region’s government has announced.

The curfew will run between 10 pm and 5 am local time every day till 30 April, during which all public agitations will be banned.

Only those engaged in essential services including medical staff, media personnel and necessary delivery couriers will be allowed to travel overnight.

The Union Territory of Delhi reported 3,548 new cases of the virus on Monday, taking the total number of cases in the city to 679,962. Cases have been above 3,500 in the last four days.

India has faced a new wave of coronovirus infections, reporting more than 90,000 cases per day in the last three days – in terms of the country’s experience with its first wave in September last year.

Delhi has taken several measures to increase testing and vaccination to combat the spread. On Monday, hospitals started running a third of their vaccination centers 24 hours.

Rajat Tiwari, secretary of Delhi’s health minister, told CNN, “Those who want to get the vaccine during the curfew can do so, they have to take an e-pass before coming during the curfew.”

The Delhi Chief Minister also wrote to the Prime Minister on Monday to remove the age ban for distributing vaccines, which is currently 45 and above.

Since the epidemic began, there have been 12.6 million Kovid-19 cases and more than 165,000 deaths in India. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, it has distributed more than 83 million vaccine doses.

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