The Delhi government enforced level one of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), classified as a yellow alert, as Covid positivity has been recorded above 0.5 percent for the past few days in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on December 28.
While a detailed order on restrictions was awaited, NDTV reported that schools, colleges, gyms and cinema halls will remain shut, restaurants and bars will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity till 10 pm, malls and non-essential shops will be allowed to remain open on odd-even date basis, from 10 am to 8 pm.The night curfew, which was already announced from December 27 onwards, will continue to remain in effect. The timing of curfew, currently imposed from 11 am to 5 pm, may be extended by an hour.
As the COVID19 positivity rate has been above 0.5% for the past few days, we are enforcing Level-I (Yellow alert) of the Graded Response Action Plan. A detailed order on restrictions to be implemented will be released soon: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal pic.twitter.com/tkJ9WtMaSz
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2021
Kejriwal said most of the Covid cases in the national capital are mild and there is no increase in the consumption of oxygen or the use of ventilators despite the rise in numbers. "We are 10 times more prepared than earlier to deal with the rise in Covid cases," the chief minister said.
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GRAP was approved by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority in July in anticipation of a third wave of the pandemic. With four types of alert levels depending on the seriousness of the coronavirus situation, the plan aims to bring in a clearer picture of imposition and lifting of restrictions.
The four levels are-- Level-1 (Yellow), Level-2 (Amber), Level-3 (Orange) and Level-4 (Red). The yellow alert will be imposed when the positivity rate breaches 0.5 percent and stays above that for two consecutive days. The highest level is a red alert which will come into play when the positivity rate breaches 5 percent and stays so for two consecutive days.