In view of the prevailing air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) today allowed standing passengers in metro trains and buses to augment the carrying capacity of the public transport systems to let more people use them instead of private vehicles.

In a notification on Friday, the DDMA said that 30 standing passengers will be allowed in each metro train coach. In Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Cluster buses, the maximum number of passengers allowed to travel in standing position will be 50% of the seating capacity.

Till now, metro trains and buses in the national capital were allowed to run with 100% seating capacity only to reduce crowding to check the spread of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Delhi recorded zero death due to coronavirus and 32 fresh cases of the infection with a positivity rate of 0.06% today, as per the data shared by the city health department.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital stood at 14,40,637. Over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered from the infection.

The death toll due to the coronavirus infection in the national capital stands at 25,095.

Four fatalities have so far been reported in the city this month — two on November 12 and one each on November 14 and November 15. The national capital reported four COVID-19 deaths in October and five in September.

The case positivity rate stood at 0.06 per cent on Saturday, according to the latest health bulletin.

On Friday, 30 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent.

On Thursday, 47 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 0.08 per cent.

A total of 54,249 tests — 49,273 RT-PCR tests and 4,976 rapid antigen tests — were conducted to detect the infection a day ago, the bulletin said.

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