The 2022 World Book Fair postponed


New Delhi, January 5 (IANS) The 2022 World Book Fair which was scheduled to be held January 8-16 at the new Pragati Maidan International Exhibition Center has been postponed due to guidelines established to contain the surge in Covid 19 cases.

“In view of the latest DDMA guidelines and requests from various stakeholders, the 2022 New Delhi World Book Fair has been postponed. The new dates will be announced separately,” the National Book Trust said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided on Tuesday to impose a weekend curfew in the capital following the resurgence of Covid-19.

In a virtual meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, the Authority suggested a weekend curfew during which non-essential movement will not be allowed.

The meeting also discussed imposing more restrictions in the city in a bid to curb the relentless tide.

According to the DDMA ordinance, staff in all government offices, except those dealing with essential services, will work from home. A 50 percent occupancy cap has been imposed on private offices.

City doctors on Wednesday advised residents not to panic but to strictly adhere to Covid standards such as maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, maintaining proper disinfection and vaccination.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain announced the start of a third wave of Covid in the nation’s capital on Wednesday morning, and warned the number of cases could rise to nearly 10,000 with an infection rate close to 10% in the evening.

In the evening, as predicted by Jain, Delhi reported 10,665 new cases of Covid-19 – the highest since May 12 – and eight deaths, and the positivity rate also climbed to 11.88%. The number of active cases in the capital now stands at 23,307.

The rapid rise in cases could also be due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid which is believed to be behind the third wave in the nation’s capital. Delhi on Wednesday reported 464 cases of Omicron, the second highest in the country after Maharashtra (653).

–IANS

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