While everyone is getting ready for New Year’s Eve celebrations, Delhi Disaster Management Authority today imposed a night curfew in the national capital. No public gatherings would be permitted tonight and tomorrow between 11 pm and 6 am to restrict the New Year celebrations.
As per the orders signed by Vijay Dev, Chief Secretary of Delhi, no celebratory events, congregations, and gatherings at public places will be allowed from 11 at night to 6 in the morning. Similarly, no public gathering will be allowed from 11 pm on 1 January to 6 am on 2 January.
“A detailed assessment of the situation in Delhi has been made and considering the threat posed by the mutant UK strain of COVID-19 virus and after observing the local incidents of Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi, it is apprehended that gatherings, congregations, and public celebrations of New Year pose a considerable threat of the spread of the virus and may cause a setback to the appreciable gains made in the suppression of chain of transmission of COVID-19 cases in Delhi,” the order read.
Apart from Delhi, a strict night curfew has been imposed in the states of Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Rajasthan in the imposition of the night curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
India suspended all flights coming from the UK from midnight of December 23 till January 7 following the detection of the mutated strain of the SARS-CoV-2 in that country. The Delhi government on Wednesday ordered the setting up of isolation facilities at four private hospitals for those who traveled from the UK between November 25 and December 24 and tested positive for the new strain of the coronavirus.
The Union Health Ministry has asked all state authorities to keep a strict watch on New Year celebrations that could be potential COVID-19 spreader events and also to curb crowding as a precautionary measure during the winter season.
In a letter to states and Union Territories, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated that the number of active COVID-19 cases has been declining steadily in the country for the last three-and-half months.