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New Delhi: E-passes no longer necessary for media personnel during night curfew

NEW DELHI: People employed in the electronic and print media will no longer need e-passes to travel in the national capital between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

According to a new order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), journalists are no longer required to bear e-passes during night curfew hours.

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“In partial modification of the order dated 6/4/2021 regarding the imposition of a night curfew in the NCT of Delhi, the DDMA directs that the category of ‘Print and Electronic Media’ shall be excluded from the restriction of movement during the night curfew on production of a valid ‘I Card’ rather than possession of an e-pass. The rest of the above order’s contents will remain unchanged,” stated the DDMA order.

The decision has come in view of several mediapersons complaining about several issues related to e-pass following the DDMA’s April 6 order, which mandated that mediapersons need e-passes for travel during the night curfew.

In response to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the district, the DDMA issued a night curfew in the national capital from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on April 6. So far, the authority has received 1,19,369 applications, of which only 12,068 have been approved. A total of 86,909 applications were turned down.

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Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 7,437 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the largest single-day increase this year, and 24 more people died from the infection, bringing the total death toll to 11,157.
The total number of cases has risen to 23,181. This is the largest single day increase in 2031.
On November 11 last, the highest single-day spike in Delhi – 8,593 cases – was registered.

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