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The authorities in the Indian capital of New Delhi ordered Tuesday the closure of restaurants and offices as a part of its latest restrictions to check growing number of coronavirus infections as India faces its third wave with 168,063 cases in the last 24 hours.

"It has been observed that numbers of COVID-19 cases (including the cases of Omicron variant) have been rapidly increasing over the last few days & positivity rate has crossed 23%," the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said in a public order.

DDMA ordered the closure of all bars and restaurants - although the latter may still deliver food to people's houses -, and private offices in the capital, with exceptions for activities considered essential.