Plan of attack: Red alert would come into effect when thepositivity rate remains more than 5% for two consecutive days, there are 16,000 new cases or 3,000 beds are occupied for seven days
NEW DELHI: Relaxation, restriction or prohibition of any activity in the capital would now be according to the “colour-coded” Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) approved exactly a month ago for Covid-19 management.
Delhi government will issue daily bulletins in the morning and evening regarding the level of the alert.
There are four colour-coded alerts under GRAP — Yellow, Amber, Orange and Red — based on three parameters, including positivity rate for two consecutive days, cumulative number of new Covid-19 cases and average oxygenated bed occupancy for seven days.
In an order issued on Sunday, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) directed that as soon as any one of the three parameters reached the specified level of alert, “the order of alert” would be issued and permissions and restrictions prescribed at such level would become operational automatically.
Regarding domestic and interstate travel, orders would be issued separately based on the situation for imposing restrictions. DDMA has directed all authorities to take necessary action for ensuring compliance to the rules in their respective areas.
Yellow Alert would come into effect if either the positivity rate is more than 0.5% for two consecutive days, there are 1,500 new cases or 500 beds are occupied on average for seven days. At this level, shops would open on odd-even basis and one weekly market per zone would operate, while cinema, gyms, etc would be closed and night curfew imposed.
Red alert would come into effect when the positivity rate remains more than 5% for two consecutive days, there are 16,000 new cases or 3,000 beds are occupied for seven days. At this level, most activities would be prohibited and only essential services would be allowed.
Delhi government’s additional chief secretary (health) has been entrusted with the task of broadcasting the level of alert daily in the morning and evening. All district magistrates, DCPs and other authorities would have to ensure that the alerts are immediately disseminated extensively. Principal secretary (education) and secretary (higher education) would have to ensure that the guidelines regarding the level of alerts are disseminated among students.
DDMA has also directed all district-level officials to disseminate guidelines in their respective areas and ensure the public knows the reasons behind restrictions on economic activities so that they comply voluntarily. All DMs have been instructed to interact with RWAs, market associations, mall associations, bar associations and other such bodies in their district to circulate information on GRAP.