Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Sunday announced that any relaxations or restrictions for any activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic will now be implemented as stipulated by the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) with immediate effect.
DDMA will send alerts to all districts under a colour-coded system mentioned in the GRAP on a daily basis. This will help them to take decisions about curbs and relaxations effectively.
The GRAP is based on parameters that include positivity rate, cumulative new positive cases, and average oxygenated bed occupancy in Delhi and was approved by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on July 9. Based on the detailed analysis of mentioned parameters four colour-coded levels of alert will be provided – yellow, amber, orange, and red – and their criteria are recommended in the plan.
The ‘yellow’ alert will be level-1 and will come into force when the positivity rate will breach the mark of 0.5 per cent for two consecutive days or daily new cases increase to 1,500 or oxygenated bed occupancy reaches 500.
Level-2 of the alert code is amber which will come into force when the positivity rate will increase above one per cent or new cases number 3,500 or oxygenated bed occupancy reaching 700.
Level-3 will be orange which will come into effect once the positivity rate crosses two per cent or new cases number 9,000 or oxygenated bed occupancy becomes 1,000.
The highest lever, the ‘red alert’ will be implemented if the positivity rate is over five per cent or new cases rise to 16,000 or oxygenated bed occupancy reaches 3,000.
According to the order, “All district magistrates shall interact and have a dialogue with resident welfare associations, market associations, mall associations, bar associations and other such bodies in their districts to circulate information in this regard. Principal secretary (education) and secretary (higher education) shall ensure that the guidelines regarding level of alerts are disseminated among students.”
The order further states that GRAP will be monitored and modified time-to-time to meet the requirement of the COVID-19 management.
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