Delhi: New Guidelines For International Flyers Arriving At Amid Omicron Surge

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New Delhi: International passengers testing positive for COVID upon arrival at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport would have to isolate at institutional designated paid and free facilities set up by in various districts, the Delhi government said in the latest circular.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, meanwhile, said Omicron is gradually spreading in the community and the variant of concern has been found in 46 per cent of the latest samples of regular Covid cases analysed in the national capital.

“In compliance with the guidelines for international arrivals dated November 30, 2021, issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, based on the risk assessment, it is informed that the institutional isolation of COVID-19 positive passengers/ contacts arriving at the IGI airport, New Delhi, from foreign countries, will henceforth be done at the designated paid and free facilities”, the order issued on December 30 read. It added that teams deployed at the airport have the permission to transfer the patients accordingly.

The latest circular by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government comes days after lockdown-like restrictions were reimposed in the national capital in the wake of rising Omicron cases. On December 28, CM  Kejriwal also declared a yellow alert and put the national capital under Level 1 of the Graded Action Response Plan (GRAP).

List of fresh restrictions imposed in Delhi:-                                    

  • Schools, colleges, educational institutions, and coaching institutes will remain closed.
  • Private offices are permitted to function with 50 per cent capacity from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • To limit the number of passengers, interstate buses and the Delhi Metro will run at 50 per cent of its seating capacity and passengers will not be allowed to travel standing up.
  • While restaurants can operate with 50 per cent capacity from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., bars will be permitted to run also at 50 per cent capacity from 12 noon to 10 p.m.
  • Cinema halls, multiplexes, banquet halls, and auditoriums will remain closed, salons and beauty parlours will function as usual.
  • Only 20 people will be allowed to attend weddings and funerals.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided not to impose restrictions under ‘amber’ alert as of now and continue with the guidelines under ‘yellow’ alert to curb the further spread of the deadly virus. This decision was taken after Lt Governor Anil Baijal chaired a virtual review meeting of the DDMA also attended by CM Kejriwal.

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