As per the decision taken by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), all the private companies in Delhi will be exercising Work-From-Home rule for their employees amidst the Omicron surge the city is experiencing.
The Delhi Government had announced curfew and new COVID-19 guidelines on December 27th 2021 after the COVID-19 variant’s cases rose in large numbers, leading the government bodies to assess the situation and act accordingly. Delhi reported over 19,000 new cases this week, while the positivity rate stood at 25 per cent yesterday, the highest since May 5. Till now, offices were asked to function in a hybrid work setup with half employees in office while the other half doing remote work. With the surge ongoing, the new rules state that only essential companies would be exempted to continue working as before.
Those exempted from the new rule include private banks, offices providing essential services, insurance companies, pharma companies, microfinance companies, lawyers' offices and courier services.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said cases in the city are likely to peak "in one or two days, definitely this week", and infections in the Third Wave will start dipping after that.
He also added that the peak is perilously close and the government may enforce another curfew moving forward.
Restaurants and bars also bore the brunt with Delhi shutting them and only allowing takeaways and home delivery.
Across India 1,68,063 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Cases are down by 11,660 and the positivity rate has dipped from 13 per cent to around 10 per cent. As per the hospital figures, a total number of 4,461 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported so far.