Following a Delhi Disaster Management Authority review meeting today, more Covid-19 restrictions may be in the offing in the national capital due to a sharp spike in coronavirus cases.

More Covid-19 restrictions may be in the offing in Delhi due to a sharp spike in coronavirus cases fuelled by the Omicron variant.

Following a review meeting today, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is likely to announce stricter guidelines in the national capital.

Sources said that as part of the new norms, seating in restaurants may be banned. However, home delivery and takeaway operations will function as usual.

The Delhi government had issued a ‘yellow’ alert under the Covid Graded Response Plan on December 29, under which restaurants could operate at 50 per cent capacity between 8 am and 10 pm.

However, as Covid-19 cases continued to rise, a weekend curfew was declared last week. Under this, dine-in is not permitted but restaurants can make food deliveries.

Delhi reported 17 fatalities due to Covid-19 on Sunday, the highest in a day since June 13 last year, and added 22,751 cases to its tally of infections as the positivity rate soared to 23.53 per cent.

In a press briefing yesterday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the pace of the contagion in the city has been a matter of "deep concern". However, he assured that the government does not plan to impose a lockdown for now and urged people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour as well as get themselves vaccinated.

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