New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi government on Tuesday imposed a night curfew in the national capital till April 30 amid rising COVID-19 cases. The night curfew will start from 10 pm and will continue till 5 am. The order will be imposed with immediate effect till April 30.

As per the latest order by the Delhi government, there shall be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement/transportation of essential/non-essential goods and no special permission will be required for such movements. Private doctors, nurses and paramedical staff have been exempted from the night curfew if valid ID proof is produced. 

The order also stated that the passengers going to airports, railway stations and bus terminals will be exempted if a valid ticket is produced. Pregnant women and patients going for treatment have also been exempted from the night curfew in Delhi. 

The Delhi government also said that buses, metro, autos, taxis and other modes of public transport will be allowed to ferry only those people who are exempt from the night curfew. Departments providing essential services also remain exempt from the night curfew and the rules are applicable to the movement of people and not essential goods & services.

This comes after a proposal to impose a night curfew in the national capital is being considered by the Delhi government in view of rising coronavirus cases 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 said. 

The fresh order to impose a night curfew in the national capital came on the day when the city reported 3,548 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Monday, while 15 more people died due to the virus taking the death toll to 11,096. The number of cumulative cases on Monday stood at 6,79,962. Over 6.54 lakh patients have recovered from the disease. 

This is the fourth consecutive day that Delhi reported more than 3,500 new cases. On Sunday, the national capital had reported 4,033 new cases, the highest single-day tally in 2021. The city had reported 3,567 new cases on April 3, and 3,594 cases on April 2.

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.

Meanwhile, authorities in Delhi have also ordered that one-third of inoculation sites at all Delhi government hospitals run round-the-clock. The vaccination sites at present operate from 9 am to 9 pm. The Delhi government ordered that the beds reserved for COVID patients will be increased at LNJP hospital from 300 to 1000, at Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital from 50 to 100 while at GTB Hospital it is to be hiked to 500.

The Kejriwal government is taking a number of other decisions to contain the contagion, the minister said, adding that micro-containment zones are being created wherever two to three COVID-19 cases are getting detected.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan