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A girl leaves after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a government school, in New Delhi, . Image Credit: AP

New Delhi: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday decided to lift the weekend curfew and odd-even rule for shops in the market. However, the night curfew from 10pm to 5am will continue in the national capital.

The decision to relax the curbs was taken following a DDMA meeting chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal with Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier in the day.

The bars & restaurants and cinemas will reopen with 50 per cent capacity in the capital city now. However, the academic institutions will remain closed for now. The reopening of schools is expected to be discussed in the next DDMA meeting.

The Delhi government also said that the government office will open with 50 per cent capacity in the capital city. The DDMA has also capped the number of people attending wedding festivals in the national capital to 200.

The decision has been taken following the declining COVID-19 cases in the city.

Meanwhile, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said that the COVID situation is under control in the city.

The national capital Delhi on Wednesday reported a marginal rise on cases at 7,498, against 6,028 cases reported on Tuesday. The fresh infection has pushed the tally at 1,810,997. aT the same time, 29 deaths were also reported, pushing the death toll at 25,710 on Wednesday.

India reported 2,86,384 fresh cases and 573 new deaths in a span of 24 hours, said the federal health ministry on Thursday morning.

With the addition of fresh new fatalities, the toll has climbed to 491,700.

The active caseload has reported a marginal decline at 2,202,472 which constitute 5.46 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 306,357 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 37,677,328. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 93.33 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 1,462,261 tests were conducted across the country. India has so far conducted over 72.21 crore cumulative tests.

Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate has climbed to 17.75 per cent while daily positivity rate has also risen to 19.59 per cent.

With the administration of over 22 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage has reached 163.84 crore as of Thursday morning.

More than 13.60 crore balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered, according to the health ministry as of Thursday morning.