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Delhi likely to lift weekend curfew as COVID cases dip

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A file photo of commuters walking in New Delhi amid COVID restrictions.

New Delhi: The Delhi government has approved a proposal to lift the weekend curfew and several other COVID restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the third wave as the positivity rate has dropped significantly over the last week, reports said on Friday.

Private offices will be permitted to call 50 per cent of their staff to the office and the odd and even strategy in markets and malls will also be revoked. The proposals have been approved by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and have been sent to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Meanwhile, India, in the last 24 hours, reported more than 3.47 lakh new coronavirus cases (3,47,254). With 2.51 lakh (2,51,777) recoveries, the country’s active caseload is now at 20,18,825. The total tally of Omicron cases in the country has risen to 9,692, marking a 4.36 per cent increase since yesterday.

While the Omicron-fuelled third wave has spread across the country, there have been fewer hospitalizations and deaths due to high vaccinations, according to the Health Ministry of India.

 

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