In View of Rising Covid Cases, Delhi Govt May Impose Night Curfew: Sources

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As coronavirus cases continue to spike in the national capital, a proposal to impose night curfew in Delhi is being considered by the AAP government, official sources said on Monday.

"A proposal for imposing night curfew is under consideration. The details are being discussed, including the time period of the curfew which could be from 10 pm to 5 am," a senior government official told PTI.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Friday said that Delhi was undergoing the fourth wave of COVID-19 but a lockdown was not being considered yet. "As per the current situation, we are not considering imposing a lockdown. We are closely monitoring the situation and such a decision will only be taken after due public consultation," the chief minister had said in a press briefing.

As per the Delhi government health bulletin on Monday, a total of 3,548 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 15 deaths were reported within the last 24 hours.

The national capital recorded 4,033 fresh Covid-19 infections, 21 deaths in the past 24 hours- the highest single-day spike in the past four months. The positivity rate has shot up from 4.5% to 4.64%.

Keeping in view the rising numbers, team CNN News 18 witnessed an entirely different scenario at Okhla Mandi on Monday morning where Covid norms laid down by the health ministry were being blatantly violated.

Most of the people including the buyers, vendors, and wholesalers were seen without masks and many immediately took out masks fearing they might be on the camera. Raju, a vegetable seller when asked to wear a mask, replied, “I only took it off for a minute but these masks are not that important. They suffocate people and most of us don’t find them to be a solution.”

However, none of the visitors or the sellers were seen following social distancing norms either. “Corona is being used by the government to deviate the public from real issues like unemployment, economic instability, and inflation. Rather than asking us to wear masks, please ask the government as to what it is doing?” a consumer said on the condition of anonymity.

To make things worse, no inspection by the local police was being done to contain the spread of the virus. However, amid public negligence with lack of social distancing and not wearing masks, India is reeling under another Covid-19 emergency with 1,03,558 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours along with 478 deaths.