In view of a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases this week in Delhi, a night curfew between 11pm and 5am has been imposed in the national capital.
The number of active cases has now surpassed 1,300 and the test positivity rate has been over 0.5% for two straight days. As on Monday, there were 266 people with Covid-19 admitted to hospitals.
Night curfew is also one of the measures laid down in GRAP.
Even though Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) calls for curfew from 10pm to 5am, sources in the Delhi government said that the current order had kept the curfew from 11pm. The graded action plan was approved by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in July this year to bring clarity on which activities are allowed under what circumstances in case of a surge in Covid-19 numbers.
The positivity rate has breached one of the thresholds meant to activate stricter curbs — which, experts said, would be disproportionate for the current situation — such as shutting schools and cinema halls, tighter restrictions on how many people can go to a private office, ride a taxi or in the Metro, and which shops can remain open in markets and malls.