New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The country is witnessing a second wave of coronavirus with a daily count of fresh cases crossing the 1-lakh mark. The recent surge in cases has prompted authorities to reimpose several COVID-19 restrictions including night curfews, weekend lockdown and even complete lockdown at some places, to stem the further spread of the deadly pathogen.  

Along with other states, coronavirus cases are on the rise in Delhi-NCR also with the national capital registering over 7,000 COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours. The sharp rise in daily cases has also alarmed authorities in the Delhi-NCR and has forced them to impose night curfews in Noida, Ghaziabad and Delhi.

Fresh guidelines have also been issued for the night curfew in these three cities, according to which no movement is allowed from the time the night curfew starts till it ends the next morning. Only essential services and people related to essential service are exempted during the curfew time. 

In Delhi, the night curfew begins at 10 pm and continue till 5 am. During this time, people who are engaged in essential and emergency services are allowed to travel. People, who are travelling to and from airports, railway stations and interstate bus terminals, are also exempted during the night curfew period but would need to show their valid tickets.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has also said that Central and Delhi government officials involved in emergency services such as health and family welfare and all related medical establishments, police, prisons, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services are exempted.

It, however, has said that people travelling from one state to another will not be allowed to travel during the night curfew hours. The DDMA has also said that people engaged in commercial and private establishments, including grocery, fruits and vegetable shops, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder, medical equipment shops, banks, insurance offices and ATMs, private security agencies, telecom and Internet services, Information Technology and IT-enabled services, e-commerce of essential services, would need an e-pass to travel during the curfew.

Meanwhile, the DDMA, in a "partial modification" of its earlier order,  exempted media persons from the need to carry e-passes during night curfew hours. Now, the media persons will need to carry their identity cards instead of e-passes.

Employees of petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets, power generation, transmission and distribution units, cold storage and warehousing services, manufacturing units of essential commodities are also exempted from carrying e-pass.

Following in line with the DDMA order, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has also said that its services will be closed for those who are not eligible to travel during the night curfew period.

"In view of the imposition of night curfew in Delhi starting tonight, THE entry in Metro from 10 pm to 5 am will be allowed only to those passengers who fall in the essential category, as per govt order, after verification of their valid IDs by DMRC and CISF personnel," the DMRC said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the night curfew orders are also similar in Noida and Ghaziabad where the restrictions will begin at 10 pm and continue till 5 am. During this period, all movement of essential goods, commodities and essential and medical services will continue.

Delhi recorded 7,437 fresh COVID-19 cases Thursday, the highest single-day surge this year, while 24 more people died due to the coronavirus infection, taking the death toll to 11,157. This is also the first time that over 7,000 cases have been reported in a day this year. The daily case count for the past two days was also above 5,000.

The highest single-day spike in Delhi to date -- 8,593 cases -- was reported on November 11, while on November 19, the city recorded 131 COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day fatality since the pandemic began.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma