New Delhi: Delhi reported over 5,000 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours in a persistent rise in cases that has left the government with no choice but to impose new restrictions.
As covid cases rise from 1,000 to 5,000 in just 15 days, a seven-hour-long curfew, from, 10 pm to 5 am, was announced by the Delhi government on Tuesday (April 6) with immediate effect.
The Delhi government has called the recent surge in the number of cases as the fourth wave of the infection. However, experts have emphasised that the resurgence in the past four weeks is the second wave of the novel virus in the country.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) is currently operating with all the precautions and amid the spike, it also announced that entry in metro during the night curfew from 10 pm to 5 pm will only be allowed to those passengers who fall in the essential services category.
Who can travel in the city during night curfew without an e-pass?
Pregnant women and patients seeking medical treatment need not to carry an e-pass with them while traveling during the night curfew in the national capital. Medical professionals such as doctors, nurses and paramedics are also exempted from carrying an e-pass but will have to show their identity cards for boarding the metro or traveling by other means during the night curfew.
Individuals who are going to the airport and railway stations will be required to show valid tickets for travelling in the city from 10 pm to 5 am.
Who can travel in the city with an e-pass?
Eligible people who want to get vaccine administered can travel in the city during the night curfew. They will, however, have to carry a documentation proof for the same. Notably, as per the state government's guidelines, vaccine centres in the city will remain active 24x7.
People travelling for essential services with an e-pass will also be exempted from the restrictions. Other people who are allowed to travel during the night curfew but need to carry an e-pass include media personnel and journalists.
Here's how you apply for an an e-pass in Delhi:
*Visit the Delhi government’s official e-pass website at https://epass.jantasamvad.org/epass/init/
*Individuals will be asked to fill in necessary details
*After completion of the form, the individuals will receive a QR enabled exemption on the registered mobile number or email-ID
The e-pass must be downloaded and shown to the authorities at checkpoints during night curfew