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Covid spreading faster, people need to be careful: Delhi Minister of Health

Covid-19 is spreading faster and people need to be more careful, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday. He said: “If people still wear masks, they can save themselves.” Meanwhile, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will hold a meeting due to the increase in coronavirus cases in the nation’s capital today. At the meeting, there will be a review of the current situation of Covid-19 and the growing cases of Omicron, as well as a decision that can be made regarding the next alert, according to GRAP.

According to the agency’s report, the DDMA is likely to sound a “red alert” that involves a total curfew and the closure of non-essential stores, subway trains, government offices, except those dealing with essential services.

The DDMA at its last meeting on December 29 decided that the Covid-related restrictions imposed on Delhi as part of the “yellow alert” would continue given the low number of hospitalizations.

However, in accordance with the Graduated Response Action Plan (GRAP), Delhi has reached the level 4 restriction stage (red alert) which stipulates the closure of most activities and a full curfew. The “red alert,” according to GRAP, goes into effect after the positivity rate remains above 5% for two consecutive days.

Delhi’s positivity rate stood at 4.59% and 6.46%, respectively, in the past two days.

Yesterday, the nation’s capital reported 4,099 new cases, bringing the cumulative total to 14,58,220, while the number of active cases in the city reached 10,986. Omicron’s tally in the capital rose to 382, The second highest in the country after Maharashtra (568). Delhi’s chief minister also tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The CM said he was showing mild symptoms and was in home isolation.

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