All private offices in Delhi will be closed except those under exempted category in view of rising COVID-19 cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said in its revised guidelines on January 11.
This comes a day after the DDMA, which formulates COVID-19 management policies for the national capital, suspended the dine-in facility at restaurants and closed bars in view of the rising coronavirus infection in the city. It was also decided to allow operation of only one weekly market per day per zone, as per Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
As the authority asks private offices to shut down except those exempted under new COVID-19 safety guidelines, take a look at private offices that will remain open:
- Private banks
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
- Offices of companies providing essential services
- Insurance/mediclaim companies
- Offices of pharma companies needed for management of production and distribution
- Entities or Intermediaries regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
- All Non-banking financial companies, or NBFCs
- All Microfinance Institutions
- Offices of advocates if operations of courts, tribunals or commissions of enquiries are on- Courier services