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Delhi closes private offices; work from home to be followed

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Tuesday issued revised guidelines over the coronavirus situation in the city, directing that all private offices in the national capital, except those under the exempted category, shall follow work from home.

“All Private Offices shall be closed, except those which are falling under the ‘Exempted Category’ as prescribed in DDMA’s GRAP Order no.460 dated 08.08.2021. The practice of work from home shall be followed,” the agency said in a notification.

Previously, authorities advised private-run offices to ensure that at least 50 per cent of their staff are functioning from home.

Meanwhile, the order also reiterated that owing to a massive surge in Delhi’s daily Covid-19 infections, all restaurants and bars will be shut, though restaurants will be allowed to continue with takeaway services.

This decision was taken during a DDMA meet on Monday. In the same meeting, the members, including lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, decided against imposing a lockdown.

Last Sunday, Kejriwal, who himself recovered from the virus recently, said there is no plan to impose a lockdown in Delhi.

In recent days, the capital city has seen an exponential rise in its fresh Covid-19 infections. On Monday, as many as 19,166 more people tested positive, as against 22,751 on January 9. However, both days accounted for 17 fresh fatalities each.

The cumulative case count here stands at 1,568,896 including 1,477,913 recoveries, 65,806 active cases and 25,177 deaths.

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