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Delhi all set to Re-open physically completely

Tanvi Sinha

Delhi all set to reopening completely for a post-COVID era of living as coronavirus cases get to their lowest in nine months on Tuesday with 94 cases only.

Plans contain opening schools, colleges, courts and public transport. The Saturday health bulletin reported only 152 new cases of the dreaded COVID-19 virus, showcasing a significant drop.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is also expected to hold a meeting on Monday to decide on how to tackle the challenges of a post-COVID world.

Last week on Wednesday, the DDMA, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Bajjal had decided to re-open hotels and (on a trial basis)- weekly markets as well.

The Delhi government had then given a statement saying that they had successfully controlled the virus and will now be working towards bringing the economy back on track.

The Delhi High Court announced that post March 15th they planned to hold physical hearings with all of its judges present physically.

The High Court on March 25th, 2020 had stopped the functioning of the district courts till April 14th 2020 and that had been extended till January 16th, 2021.

Delhi Transport corporation also sent for consideration a DDMA meeting to allow commuters in the aisle or standing position in public transport in the city considering the low number of cases.

The metro had resumed services last year in September after following and enforcing COVID precautions and protocols.

Universities like DU and JNU have partially opened for students as well, as JNU reopened I November last year and Delhi University in February this year.

The total infection tally of the city stands at 638,000 and more, with more than 626,000 of those recovered and around 11,000 dead.

However, several welfare organisations have asked to not hasten in re-opening, with the Director of the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) Randeep Guleria has stated that Herd immunity is very difficult to achieve specially amidst the new variants of the virus.

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