Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday (December 28, 2021) announced that a yellow alert has been sounded in Delhi under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

He said that step was taken as the COVID-19 positivity rate has been above 0.5% for the past few days in the national capital.

In view of this, cinema halls and multiplexes have been shut till further orders. Shops in malls and shopping complexes will open based on an odd-even formula from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Only one weekly market per zone with 50 percent of vendors will be allowed to open. Restaurants can function with 50 percent capacity from 8 am to 10 pm.

Bars can also operate with 50 percent capacity from 12 noon to 10 pm. Cinema halls, banquet halls, spas, gyms, outdoor yoga activity, amusement. parks, stadium, swimming pools, schools, colleges and educational institutions are not allowed to function.

Private offices can function with up to 50 per cent of the staff. The positivity rate further increased to 0.89 per cent and one related fatality was recorded, the health bulletin further showed. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi has reached 1,444,179 after today’s spike, while the death toll stands at 25,107.

So far, Delhi has recorded nine deaths due to Covid-19 this month, the highest in four months. The national capital recorded five fatalities in September, four in October and seven Covid-linked death in November.

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The active cases have further increased to 1,612.

The national capital’s Covid caseload has been in- creasing at a rapid pace. On Monday, 331 cases of the infection were added to Delhi’s tally.

The positivity rate has been over 0.5 percent for three straight days now.

The rising number of Covid-19 cases prompted the Delhi government to impose strict measures in the national capital under Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), including banning all the gatherings and limiting the number of people in Metro trains and buses.

These restrictions are part of the first level of curbs classified as yellow alert under GRAP and were implemented after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired a review Covid-19 meeting on Tuesday.

Schools, colleges, cinemas and gyms have been closed, and shops dealing in non-essential items have been directed to open on odd-even basis as part of the plan. The night curfew will also remain in place from 10pm to 5am.

The order has been issued by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which will hold another crucial meeting under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal at 4pm on Wednesday to review the Omicron threat and discuss the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the national capital.

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