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Is there a curfew in Delhi? What GRAP Rules Suggest If COVID Positivity Exceeds 5%?

Is there a curfew in Delhi? What GRAP Rules Suggest If COVID Positivity Exceeds 5%?

May 2022

Delhi COVID Restrictions: The positivity rate for COVID-19 in Delhi has risen to 7.64 percent, triggering a red alert under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). If the red alert is issued, a "total curfew" will be imposed, and several economic activities will be halted in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

New Delhi, India Night/weekend curfews, school and college closures, and the closure of non-essential shops are all expected to return to Delhi as its COVID positivity rate approaches 7.64 percent, the trigger point for red alert under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) approved GRAP last year in anticipation of the third wave of COVID. It aims to provide a clearer picture of restrictions imposed and lifted based on the Covid situation. According to the four-stage Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), the red alert will be activated if the positivity rate exceeds 5% for two consecutive days, resulting in a slew of restrictions.

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What Happens If the Positivity Rate Exceeds 5%?

  • If the positivity rate exceeds 5% for two days in a row, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority-approved GRAP will issue a red alert,' resulting in a 'total curfew' and a halt to most economic activities.
  • The total curfew includes restrictions on people's movement at night and on weekends.
  • Non-essential goods and services-related stores and establishments will remain closed.
  • Shopping malls and weekly markets will also be closed.
  • Restaurants and bars will be closed, and only essential items will be delivered.
  • Hotels and lodges will be allowed to remain open, but no banquets or conferences will be held. However, in-house guests will be able to order room service.
  • Cinemas, banquet halls, spas, yoga institutes, and beauty salons will also be asked to close their doors.
  • In fact, all government offices will be closed, with the exception of those providing essential and emergency services. The same will be true for private offices.
  • The restriction on gatherings for weddings and funerals will also be lifted.
  • When the GRAP is in effect, visitors to Delhi must present a complete vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR report that is no more than 72 hours old. Those who do not comply will be subjected to a 14-day institutional or paid quarantine.

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Cases of COVID in Delhi

Despite the city's sudden increase in COVID cases, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the number of hospital admissions is still very low and the city's Covid-19 situation is not that serious at the moment. When asked if restrictions are necessary given the increase in cases, he stated that the party office is keeping an eye on the situation and that the current scenario does not warrant major restrictions.

In the last 24 hours, Delhi has seen 1,354 COVID-19 cases, with a positivity rate of 7.64% and one death from the disease. The national capital reported 1,414 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with a positivity rate of 5.97% and one death from the disease.