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The number of new cases in New Delhi has more than halved from a peak of 28,867 on Jan.13 and more than 80% of COVID beds across the city's hospitals were unoccupied, according to government data.
"In view of the declining cases of corona, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved the proposal," the official, who declined to be identified, said of a suggestion from authorities that the weekend curfew be scrapped.
The city's lieutenant governor, who must sign off on the city government's executive decisions, was expected to review the proposal and clear the way for its formal approval later on Friday.
Delhi has been one of the centres of India's coronavirus pandemic for the past two years and has endured various lockdowns and curfews over different waves of infection.
The city imposed the curfew on Jan.4 and ordered schools and restaurants to close as infections caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant surged.
It was not clear if those curbs and a night curfew on weekdays would also be scrapped. Frustrated Delhi shopkeepers protested on the streets this week, demanding that curbs be lifted.
City officials have said most recent coronavirus infections have been mild with most people recovering at home. The financial hub of Mumbai has also been reporting big falls in infections since hitting a peak earlier in the month.
Restaurants, bars and cinemas will be allowed to operate with up to 50% capacity and the number of people at weddings will be restricted to 200.
Cases have fallen steadily in some Indian states hit by an initial surge in infections, such as the richest state of Maharashtra and the capital New Delhi, after they imposed stringent lockdowns. Testing rates also at their lowest since Sunday.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has asked all states to ensure strict compliance of Covid containment measures, as the case load is decreasing but numbers are still high.
Most people recover within a few weeks, and monkeypox has only been fatal in rare cases.
It is noteworthy that the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the seriousness of the disease after it was detected in a number of countries, and the organisation called for a strong tracing of contacts of the infected cases.
Meteorologists had warned that heavy rainfall and hail were expected in western and central Germany on Friday, with storms producing wind gusts up to 130 kph (81 mph). Storms on Thursday had already disrupted traffic, uprooted trees that toppled onto rail tracks and roads, and flooded hundreds of basements in western Germany.
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