DDMA orders implementation of GRAP

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued an order to implement the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to effectively manage the COVID-19 in Delhi.

Highlights

  • The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) was devised by a State-Level Expert Committee.
  • It was approved in July 2021 during a DDMA meeting chaired by the Lieutenant Governor.

Three parameters of GRAP

The GRAP comprises of three parameters namely, positivity rate, cumulative new positive cases and average oxygenated bed occupancy for lockdown or unlock the Capital.

Four levels of alerts

Delhi government has also introduced four levels of colour-coded alerts. These alerts will kick in when GRAP parameters are met. Four alerts are as follows:

  1. Level 1 or yellow alert: This alert will come into force when positivity rate is above 0.5% for two consecutive days. It will also be prescribed when cumulative new positive cases for seven days are more than 1,500 cases or when the average occupancy of oxygenated beds is 500 beds for seven days. When this alert is in force, cinema halls, banquets, salons, barbershops, schools, gyms, entertainment parks, and religious places will be shut and night curfew will be imposed.
  2. Level 2 or amber alert: It will come into force when positivity rate is more than 1% for two days or when cumulative new positive cases are more than 3500 for seven days or when the average occupancy of oxygenated beds is 700 beds for seven days. Under this alert, Restaurants and public parks will be closed and a weekend curfew will come into force.
  3. Level 3 or orange alert: This alert will be in force when positivity rate is more than 2% for two days or when cumulative new positive cases are more than 9000 for seven days or when the average occupancy of oxygenated beds is 1000 for seven days. Under this, construction activities, shops and malls will be put on hold. Metro will also shut down.
  4. Level 4 or red alert: It will be issued when positivity rate more than 5% for two days or when cumulative new positive cases for seven days is more than 16,000 or when average occupancy of oxygenated beds is 3000 for seven days. In this case, a total curfew will be imposed.

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