Amidst the fear of Omicron, ‘Yellow Alert’ implemented in Delhi, know what it means

New Delhi: The Omron variant of Kovid-19 is spreading across the country. More cases are being seen in Maharashtra and Delhi. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a ‘yellow alert’ in Delhi and has also said that more restrictions will be imposed if necessary.

The Delhi government on Tuesday implemented a ‘yellow alert’ under GRAP, with COVID-related restrictions to be imposed soon. The Chief Minister said that the COVID positivity rate in the national capital is above 0.5 per cent, so he has decided to put in place a ‘Yellow Alert’ of the Graded Response Action Plan. “A detailed order on the implementation of the restrictions will be issued soon,” Kejriwal said.

The ‘yellow alert’ includes restrictions such as night curfew, closure of schools and colleges, opening of non-essential goods shops on alternate days and halving seating capacity on metro trains and public transport buses.

CM Kejriwal said during the press conference that this time Delhi is 10 times more prepared than before to deal with the increase in Kovid-19 cases. He talked about the recent trend in the cases of Kovid and said, “Despite the increase in the cases of Kovid, there has been no increase in oxygen consumption or use of ventilators.”

An increase in the cases of Kovid-19 has been registered in the national capital Delhi in the last one week. 331 new cases of corona virus were registered in the national capital yesterday. This is the highest single day increase since June 9. The number of omicron cases in Delhi is second only to Maharashtra with 165.

According to the Health Department, the caseload in Delhi has gone up to 14,43,352 including 1,103 active cases.

To reduce the risk of Omicron variant of the corona virus, the Delhi government imposed a night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am from Monday.

What does “Yellow Alert” mean in Delhi?

Delhiites will face more stringent restrictions as an alert has been issued on Tuesday. Although the Union Territory has not issued any guidelines yet, all educational institutions may remain closed for a short time.

  • In addition, shops selling non-essential items will be opened on alternate days.
  • Malls will remain open from 10 am to 8 pm on the basis of odd-even formula.
  • Only one weekly market per zone will be allowed with 50 per cent vendors.
  • The transport capacity of metros and other public buses will be halved. There will also be a cut in the list of people attending weddings and funerals.
  • Spas, gyms, yoga institutes and amusement parks will remain closed, but outdoor yoga will be allowed.
  • Cinema halls, multiplexes, banquet halls and auditoriums will remain closed.
  • Hotels will remain open but banquets and conference halls inside the hotel will remain closed.
  • Sports complexes, stadiums and swimming pools will also remain closed under a yellow alert, although national or international sporting events may take place.
  • Only 20 people will be allowed to attend the wedding ceremony and funeral.
  • Religious places will remain open but entry of devotees will be restricted.
  • In this alert, there is a provision to ban social, political, religious, festival and entertainment related activities.

(with agency input)