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Delhi to enforce graded response action plan in colour-code alerts level 1 to 4 to battle third Covid wave

In a bid to control the possible third wave of coronavirus, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to implement a graded action plan to tackle any surge in Covid-19 infections in the coming days.



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In a bid to control the possible third wave of coronavirus, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to implement a graded action plan to tackle any surge in Covid-19 infections in the coming days. 

According to the action plan, separate guidelines and alerts for four levels of severity are represented as colours to ease the process of lock and unlock in the city. The Delhi government has issued a formal order to implement the plan.

The national capital is the first city to enforce such a plan. Based on the intensity of positivity rate, fresh cases, and requirement of oxygen beds, the government will be alerted using four different colour codes yellow, amber, orange and red. The relaxations and restrictions will be put in place as stipulated by Graded Response Action Plan as ordered by the DDMA.

Yellow Alert

The yellow alert marks level 1 of severity which will be enforced if the national capital reports a positivity rate of over 0.5 percent for two consecutive days or 1500 new Covid-19 cases in a week or has occupied 500 oxygen beds in a week. The shops will remain open between 10 am and 8 pm on an odd-even basis in response to the alert. Metros and buses will work on 50 percent capacity and a night curfew will be imposed between 10 pm and 5 am.


Amber Alert

If the city records a positivity rate of 1 percent for two days in a row or registers 3,500 new Covid-19 cases or if 700 oxygen beds are occupied over a week, then the amber alert will be imposed. The shops will be shut from 10 am to 6 pm on an odd and even basis, and restaurants, bars will remain closed. The government will enforce the weekend curfew and also reduce the metro capacity to 33 percent ad bus capacity to 50 percent. 

Orange Alert

Once the national capital records fresh Covid-19 cases above 9,000 or a positivity rate of over 2 percent for two consecutive days and the requirement of oxygen beds cross 1,000, the orange alert is marked. In that situation, everything will remain closed except standalone shops. The metro services will be completely shut, however, bus services will operate at 50 percent capacity for essential workers. The night curfew will continue and construction work is only allowed if the labourers live near the site.

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The red alert will be imposed once the Covid-19 cases cross 16,000 in the city or records a positivity rate of 5 percent within two days or there’s a requirement of 3,000 oxygen beds. Under this severity, all the curbs imposed at the time of orange alert will remain in force and Delhi will be placed under complete curfew.

Meanwhile, under every alert,  schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain closed. The cinema halls, banquet halls, theatres, auditoriums, barbershops, spas, salons, gymnasiums and yoga centres, and entertainment parks will also be shut. Gatherings at religious places or any sort will not be allowed.

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6 of Delhi family killed in house fire triggered by mosquito coil

In a tragic incident, six members of a family, including a minor, lost their lives after a fire engulfed their home in Shastri Park area of Delhi on Friday, officials said.



Delhi family killed in house fire

In a tragic incident, six members of a family, including a minor, lost their lives after a fire engulfed their home in Shastri Park area of Delhi on Friday, officials said.

As per reports, the fire was apparently caused by a mosquito coil which tumbled onto a mattress during the night, setting the whole place on fire.

A senior police official said that the victims—which includes four men, a woman and child—apparently died due to suffocation caused by inhaling toxic fumes and burn injuries. He said that as per preliminary investigations, the deceased family members became unconscious due to inhaling toxic fumes generated by the inferno and ultimately succumbed due to suffocation.

Inspector Joy Tirkey of the Delhi Police said that six members of family were found dead at their Shastri park residence after they. inhaled carbon monoxide produced from the burning Mosquito coil that had fallen over a mattress sometime during the night.

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Officer Tirkey said poisonous vapors caused inmates to lose consciousness and subsequently caused their deaths due to asphyxiation, adding that two other members of the family currently undergoing treatment for burn injuries at a hospital while one has been discharged after first aid.

He said that incident is under investigation and exact cause of the fire is being ascertained.

In a similar incident, ten people, including three children, were injured after a fire erupted at a seven-storey residential building in Mumbai’s Mulund West earlier this month. The incident happened at around 2:55 pm at the Jagruti Society in Vithhal Nagar.

Rescue services and firemen successfully had rescued 80 people trapped in the burning building.

Officials at the time had said that the fire out in the electric meter room on the ground floor of the building and the smoke from the meter room spread to all its seven floors.

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Sex racket busted at Delhi spa, 2 held: Police



A prostitution racket running at a spa in the city’s Nirman Vihar area was busted by the police, officials said on Saturday.

According to a statement issued by the Delhi Police, two people, identified as, 24-year-old Ram Sagar—a resident of Jhilmil Colony and Deepak, 20, a resident of Vishwas Nagar, were arrested during a raid on a spa running a sex racket in Nirman Vihar while the manager of the spa parlor, Ajay Singh is absconding.

An official said that a special staff team of East Delhi and Preet Vihar police station raided a spa parlor following specific information, leading to the uncovering of a flesh trade racket running at the premises under the guise of a spa.

He said that the police received a tip-off on March 24, claiming that a prostitution racket was being operated under the guise of a spa parlor and massage centre at True Bliss Spa in Nirman Vihar’s V3S Mall.

Giving details, the official said that the police sent a decoy customer to the parlor after which the place was raided leading to the unearthing of a sex racket operating there. The decoy customer, who was actually an undercover police officer, was charged Rs 1,000 after bargaining and later was asked to take his pick from among the nine girls who worked at the spa and were paraded in front of him.

The official further said that the spa manager charged the decoy Rs 2,000 extra for sex with his choice of girl at the parlor, following which he signaled the police team by giving a missed call. Soon, a police team arrived and raid the tainted spa and massage centre , leading to the arrest of the two accused men.

He said that spa was being run by a man unidentified as Praveen alias Titu Chaudhary, while the parlor’s manager Ajay Singh is still at large and efforts are underway to arrest him, adding that it was revealed during further investigation that the spa parlor was being run for the last two years.

The parlor had also been under the scanner previously and a case was registered against it in July 2022.

DCP East Amrutha Guguloth said that nine girls were reportedly engaged in the spa.

The senior officer said that a case under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), has been registered into the matter and further investigation is ongoing.

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Delhi woman, 4-year-old son injured in acid attack



An unidentified man hurled a bottle of acid at a 35-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son in Bharat Nagar area of North West Delhi, police said on Thursday.

According to the police, the woman who runs a roadside stall in the area, was setting up shop in Guru Bazar at around 8 am on Thursday morning when the unidentified miscreant came towards her from a nearby park, threw acid at her and fled the scene.

The woman and her minor son sustained minor burn injuries in the attack and were hospitalized, the police said.

An official said the woman filed complaint and gave information about her attacker based on which a case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and a hunt launched to nab the suspect.

He said that initial investigations suggest personal animosity as the motive behind the attack, adding that further probe is underway.

In a similar case, a shocking incident was reported on Thursday from Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore where a man allegedly hurled a bottle of acid on his wife and her lawyers at the district court complex.

According to the police, the victim, Kavitha had reached the district court complex in Coimbatore in connection with a hearing of a case when her husband, Sivakumar, brazenly threw a bottle of acid at her face, injuring her and at least three others in the attack.

The victims, Kavitha and her lawyers, sustained burn injuries in the acid attack and were rushed to a nearby government hospital for medical attention.

An official said Sivakumar was overpowered and pinned down by some lawyers who witnessed the incident and later handed over to the police.

Giving details he said that police saved Sivakumar from a mob that gathered after the attack and wanted to thrash him, adding that the accused had carried the acid in a water bottle.

The official further said that the accused has been arrested and a case registered against him under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), adding that further investigation is underway to determine Sivakumar’s motive behind the attack.

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