DDMA to drop Disaster Management Act as infections recede

As Covid cases continue to decline in Delhi, the city’s disaster management body will no longer issue formal orders under the Disaster Management Act regarding Covid containment.

The union government had already repealed provisions of the Disaster Management Act to contain the coronavirus pandemic after two years. However, the use of face masks and social distancing norms should be observed.

Last month the DDMA lifted all Covid restrictions following a significant improvement in the Covid situation in the city. However, mask-wearing in public places, including buses and subways, continued.

Recently, the DDMA had also decided not to issue any fines for not wearing face masks in public places in the nation’s capital.

With the increase in the number of Covid cases in December last year due to the Omicron variant, the Delhi government imposed several restrictions. Restrictions were gradually lifted as the situation normalized and eventually all curbs were removed from February 28.

Delhi recorded 114 new Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.71% while no deaths from the viral disease were reported on Saturday. Amid falling daily cases, the number of patients in home isolation in Delhi has also dropped significantly.

In a letter to officials, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) referred to a recent ruling by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which said it may no longer be necessary to invoke the provisions of the Covid Containment Disaster Management Act 2005. measures, with a view to an overall improvement of the situation.

“The DDMA, in its meeting chaired by the Lieutenant Governor, on March 31, unanimously agreed that in terms of instructions received from the Home Office, no formal order under the 2005 Act on disaster management will no longer be issued,” the letter said.

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