digital desk, New Delhi. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed all private offices in the national capital to allow their employees to work from home, except in exempted categories, in view of the rise in COVID-19 cases.
The order said, except all private offices, which fall under the exempted category prescribed in DDMA’s GRAP order dated 08.08.21, the practice of work from home will be followed.
The exempted categories include health workers, people involved in essential services, media persons, judges and judicial officials, employees of the offices of diplomats of various countries.
Till now, offices were asked to work with half their staff in the office and the rest to work at home. Government offices in the national capital are already functioning with 50 per cent capacity.
Lt Governor Anil Baijal, after presiding over a meeting of the DDMA on Monday afternoon, had announced that sitting restaurants in the national capital would not be allowed to blossom, only packed ones, amid the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Further, only one weekly market per day per zone will be allowed to operate.
The Governor also said that the Health Department has been advised to make adequate arrangements for additional manpower in hospitals and to ramp up immunization efforts, including those with a population of 15 to 18 years.
Baijal further tweeted, After detailed discussion with experts, it is advised to follow the strategy of test, track and treat with emphasis on implementing COVID appropriate behavior to contain the spread of infection.
The LG also stressed on the importance of extra vigilance and strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines.
It was decided in the DDMA meeting that restrictions will be further tightened in the national capital amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, but there will be no lockdown for now.
After registering 19,166 fresh cases, Delhi registered a 25 per cent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. With this, the number of infections has gone up to 15,68,896.
Meanwhile, 17 people died in the city for the second consecutive day, taking the death toll to 25,177.
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