Delhi: Ahead of the 2021 New Year's Eve celebrations, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday imposed a night curfew in the national capital in order to check the spread of the coronavirus disease.

No public gatherings will be allowed in Delhi tonight and tomorrow between 11 pm and 6 am as the state government has announced a night curfew to restrict the New Year celebrations.

No New Year "celebratory events, congregations and gatherings at public places shall be permitted from 11 pm of December 31 to 6 am of January 1 and 11 pm of January 1 and 6 am of January 2," the Delhi Disaster Management Authority said in a statement. Traffic movement, however, will not be restricted.

"A detailed assessment of the situation in Delhi has been made and considering the threat posed by the mutant UK strain of COVID-19 virus and after observing the local incidents of Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi, it is apprehended that gatherings, congregations, and public celebrations of New Year pose a considerable threat of the spread of the virus and may cause a setback to the appreciable gains made in the suppression of chain of transmission of COVID-19 cases in Delhi," the order said.

With this, Delhi joins Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Rajasthan in the imposition of the night curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The Union Health Ministry has asked all states to keep a strict vigil on New Year celebrations that could be potential COVID-19 super-spreader events and also to curb crowding as a precautionary measure during the winter season.

The United Kingdom, where the new mutant strain was first detected in September, has seen a massive surge in coronavirus infections in the last few weeks. Earlier this month, Britain had said the virus is "out of control", which led to a new wave of worldwide restrictions amid pandemic.