'After 5 am tomorrow...': Arvind Kejriwal announces relaxation of COVID-19 curbs in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced a relaxation of COVID-19 induced curbs. While the detailed parameters for the same are yet to be announced, the AAP leader said that the order will be issued shortly. The relaxations will go into effect from Monday morning.

According to the new announcement, all market complexes and malls will now be completely open from 10 am to 8 pm. While weekly markets will now be allowed, only one market will be permitted per zone. Essential activities will continue the same as earlier.

"50% capacity allowed in Delhi Metro as well as buses. In autos, e-rickshaws, or taxis, not more than two passengers allowed to ensure social distancing," Kejriwal announced. In government offices, there will be 100% attendance of group A officers and 50% for the rest. Private offices will run on 50% capacity from 9 am to 5 pm.

Public events will continue to be heavily curtailed, with spas, gyms, swimming pools, cinema theatres and the like remaining shut. While religious places will be opened, no visitors will be allowed. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will also remain closed. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious festival gatherings prohibited.

Public spaces such as parks and gardens will also remain closed, and weddings cannot take place at public places such as banquet halls or hotels. Events such as funerals and weddings can be attended by a maximum of 20 people, the Chief Minister announced.

On Sunday morning, India reported 80,834 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest in 71 days, even as the daily positivity rate fell to 4.25%. The active cases further declined to 10,26,159 comprising 3.49% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.26%.

As per Health Ministry data, Delhi presently has 3610 active cases. Till date, the national capital has discharged 14,02,474 patients, while 24,800 have passed away. With the latest update, the country's tally of cases has climbed to 2,94,39,989 while the COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,70,384.

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