Delhi today imposed a 10 pm to 5 am night curfew till April 30 to tackle a steep rise in Covid infections and a day after the country reported over 1 lakh cases in a single day.
“sudden increase in Covid-19 cases” and “high positivity rate” meant a night curfew was needed, the Delhi Government said in its order.
“The pandemic has worsened in the country…There is a serious rise in cases,” Paul told reporters.
India, the world’s second most populous country with 1.35 billion people, has administered 80.9 million vaccine doses, the most after the United States and China, but it lags far behind in immunisations per capita.
Healthcare and similar frontline workers as well as people over 60 have been the main recipients of vaccinations so far. Inoculations of people above 45 began only on April 1.
New Delhi authorities launched the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew a day after India surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 new daily infections for the first time. The curfew echoes tough restrictions in Maharashtra, the country’s hardest-hit state where the financial capital Mumbai is also located.
Rising COVID-19 fatalities in the states of Punjab and Chhattisgarh are also cause for “extreme concern”, India’s top-ranked health official Rajesh Bhushan told reporters on Tuesday.