Even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government announced night curfew in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, Delhi on Tuesday reported 5,100 fresh cases taking the tally to 6,85,062.
There are so far 17,332 active cases in Delhi while the death toll is 11,113. Around 6, 56,617 people have so far recovered from the deadly virus in Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has also stepped into damage control mode in the wake of the rising corona cases and come up with new rules for entry of the commuters at metro stations.
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The DMRC has said only those passengers who fall in the essential category as per the government order will be allowed entry in the metro from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and that too after verification of their IDs.
“In view of the imposition of night curfew in Delhi starting tonight, an entry in Metro from 10 pm to 5 am will be allowed only to those passengers who fall in essential category as per govt order, after verification of their valid IDs by DMRC/CISF personnel,” the DMRC wrote on its official Twitter handle.
The DMRC has also asked the passengers who do not fall in the essential category to complete the journey and reach their destination by 10 p.m.
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“DMRC also advises its users, who do not fall in the essential category, to complete the journey and reach their destination by 10 pm as they are not allowed to travel after 10 pm to 5 am in the night in the Metro as per govt order till 30th April 2021 or further orders whichever is earlier,” the DMRC tweeted.
This comes as the Delhi Government announced night curfew in the capital starting today during which the residents are not allowed to come out of their houses from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The curfew will be effective till April 30.
Essential services and emergency movement of vehicles will be allowed like in previous rounds of night curfew. Medical shops, hospitals and Covid vaccination centres will remain open.
The Delhi Government, which has in the past not advocated for a night curfew, also ordered that one-third of inoculation sites at its hospitals run round-the-clock and directed both government and private hospitals to augment the number of beds reserved for coronavirus patients.