An enormous variety of individuals had been seen at public locations in Delhi on the primary day of New 12 months on Saturday with few sporting masks and even fewer displaying any warning amid rising coronavirus instances as a result of new coronavirus variant Omicron.
Lengthy queues of commuters had been seen exterior Rajiv Chowk Metro Station in Connaught Place regardless of curbs within the nationwide capital.
Anticipating an enormous rush of commuters on the New 12 months’s Eve, Delhi metro authorities restricted exit from Rajiv Chowk metro station after 9pm on Friday.
“To ease overcrowding on New 12 months’s Eve (thirty first December, 2021), exit from Rajiv Chowk metro station won’t be allowed from 9 pm onwards. Nonetheless, entry of passengers might be allowed until the departure of the final prepare from the station. Commuters are requested to plan their journey accordingly,” the DMRC stated in a press release on Thursday.
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In addition to Connaught Place, massive crowds had been seen at metropolis’s well-liked spots like Sadar Bazar Market, Crimson Fort because the morning.
On New 12 months’s eve, the Delhi Police made bulletins in Connaught Place asking individuals to go dwelling earlier than night time curfew kicks in.
Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Yadav stated, “We began imposing restrictions put up 7 pm in Connaught Place and markets had been closed by 8 pm. Just some eating places have permission to remain open until 10 pm. The employees has been directed to take actions in case of unreasonable motion throughout night time curfew or drink and drive instances.”
A “yellow” alert underneath the Graded Response Motion Plan (GRAP) was sounded by the DDMA on Tuesday, which entails the operating of DTC buses and metro trains with 50 per cent seating capability and no provision for standing for commuters.
Delhi recorded an enormous surge in day by day COVID-19 infections with 2,716 contemporary instances on the primary day of the brand new 12 months, the very best since Might 21 and a 51 per cent leap from a day earlier, whereas the positivity fee rose to three.64 %. Town recorded one loss of life.