Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra Imposes Night Curfew, Brings in New Rules for Weddings, Public Events Amid Omicron Alarm

As Omicron cases continue to rise unabated, the UP government restricted the number of people at weddings to 200.

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Last Updated: December 24, 2021, 23:43 IST

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The tally of Omicron infections reported in Maharashtra rose to 108 on Friday with 20 cases of the new coronavirus variant coming to light, officials said. As many as 54 of 108 patients have been already discharged. Eleven new cases were reported from Mumbai, six from Pune, two from Satara and one from Ahmednagar. Of these new patients, 15 have history of international travel, one patient has history of domestic travel while four others had Read More

Dec 24, 2021 21:53 IST

Haryana Govt Imposes Night Curfew, Gathering Curbs from Saturday

In view of the emergence of Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Haryana government on Friday decided to impose a night curfew and gathering restrictions to check the spread of the infection. The night curfew will be imposed from 11 pm to 5 am from Saturday. The government also restricted the maximum number of people at indoor and outdoor events to 200 and 300 people, respectively. The restrictions will come into force from Saturday and remain in place till January 5.

Dec 24, 2021 21:53 IST

Maharashtra Brings in Fresh Curbs, Clamps Night Curfew

Maharashtra government on Friday imposed night curfew effective from midnight today to prevent the spread of infections and Omicron variant cases. The state government announced fresh curbs including ban on gatherings of more than five people in all public places from 9 pm to 6 am. These are the new Covid-19 restrictions: • Gathering of more than five persons in all public places across the state will be prohibited from 9 pm to 6 am. • The number of attendees in a closed hall for a wedding ceremony should not be more than 100 at a time, and in open space, this number should not be more than 250 or 25% of the capacity. READ MORE

Dec 24, 2021 20:52 IST

Maharashtra Announces New Restrictions As it Records 20 New Omicron Cases

The tally of Omicron infections reported in Maharashtra rose to 108 on Friday with 20 cases of the new coronavirus variant coming to light, officials said. As many as 54 of 108 patients have been already discharged. Eleven new cases were reported from Mumbai, six from Pune, two from Satara and one from Ahmednagar. Of these new patients, 15 have history of international travel, one patient has history of domestic travel while four others had come in close contact with them.

Dec 24, 2021 20:48 IST

India's Vaccination Coverage Crosses 140 Crore

India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed the 140 crore mark today with more than 59 lakh vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today: Government of India

Dec 24, 2021 20:39 IST

Gujarat: Night Curfew Time Extended by Two Hours in Eight Cities

Amid Omicron concerns and increase in daily new coronavirus cases, the Gujarat government on Friday extended the duration of night curfew in eight cities by two hours. The curfew would be in force from 11 pm to 5 am instead of 1 am to 5 am, said a notification issued by the state home department. The new time will be implemented from December 25 in the cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and Gandhinagar, it said.”Commercial activities in shops, restaurants, shopping complexes, marketing yards, marts, hair cutting saloons, beauty parlours among others in these eight cities are allowed to remain open till 11 pm,” said the notification.

Dec 24, 2021 20:39 IST

Maharashtra Announces Night Curfew from 9pm-6am

Maharashtra government has announced night curfew from 9 pm to 6 am. According to the revised guidelines, not more than 5 persons can gather at public places during night time now.

Dec 24, 2021 20:23 IST

Uttar Pradesh to Impose Coronavirus Night Curfew from December 25

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday issued orders to initiate strict measures, including a statewide night curfew from December 25, in view of a rise in Covid cases in several states. The coronavirus night curfew will be applicable from 11 pm to 5 am. Chairing a high-level meeting, the chief minister also instructed officials to cap the number of people attending events like marriages to 200. These events have to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, and organisers will be required to inform the local authorities about these, the official said. Adityanath also asked the officials to ensure all traders follow the “no mask, no goods” policy at their establishments.

Dec 24, 2021 19:01 IST

Goa Reports 67 Covid-19 Cases, No Death; Active Tally Now 453

The COVID-19 tally in Goa reached 1,79,965 on Friday after 67 cases were detected, while the death toll remained unchanged at 3,518, an official said. So far, 1,75,994 people have been discharged post recovery, including 43 on Friday, leaving the state with an active caseload of 453, he said. With 1,902 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 16,07,977, he added. Goa’s COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 1,79,965, new cases 67, death toll 3518, discharged 175994, active cases 453, samples tested till date 16,07,977.

Dec 24, 2021 18:36 IST

World Seeing 4th Covid Surge, Centre Says Can’t be Lax; India’s Omicron Tally at 358

Omicron has a significant growth advantage over Delta, and is spreading fast through communities, said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Friday, adding that India currently has 358 cases of the new Covid-19 variant across 17 states. At a press briefing, Bhushan further said that the doubling rate of Omicron is 1.5 days, adding that a figure of 3 days is a matter of concern as cited by WHO. ICMR chief Dr Balram Bharghava, also present at the briefing, said that the predominant strain in India is still the Delta variant. The Delta variant of the Covid, which was first detected in Maharashtra last year, had sparked the deadly second wave in the country. READ MORE

Dec 24, 2021 17:55 IST

Omicron: Delhi Govt Roping NGO's to Strengthen Health Facilities

Delhi government is in process of roping NGOs for strengthening its health infrastructure and manpower in view of rising cases of Omicron in the national capital A cabinet not for hiring ‘Doctors for You’ for providing manpower for running 3 DCHCS (Sawan Kripal Ashram; Sardar Patel, Chattarpur & Sant Nirankari, Burari) and Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia Hospital has been put up for approval, according to an official documentation. Doctors for You’ has already been engaged for DCHCS including Shehnai Banquet Hall, Commonwealth Games Village Hall, Rouse Avenue School and Yamuna Sports Complex, the document stated. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had yesterday announced that since Omicron infection does not require hospitalisation in most cases, the home-isolation module is being strengthened and an agency was being hired for it.

Dec 24, 2021 17:42 IST

Third Covid Wave in India May Peak in Early Feb: IIT-Kanpur Study

The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India may peak by February 3, 2022, claims a modelling study by researchers at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. However, the forecast is based on the assumption that India will follow the trends of rise in cases seen in many countries globally driven by the Omicron variant of coronavirus. The yet-to-be peer-reviewed study, posted on the preprint repository MedRxiv on December 21, used a statistical tool named the Gaussian Mixture model to forecast the third wave. In their study, the researchers used data from countries such as the US, UK, Germany, and Russia that are already facing the third COVID-19 wave.

Dec 24, 2021 17:33 IST

Odisha Bans New Year, Christmas Celebrations Amid Omicron Spread

Odisha government imposed new restrictions on celebration of Christmas, New Years Day and other such activities. The new restriction will be in force from December 25 to January 2. Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra in an order said that in view of protecting the health of the people and preventing the spread of the new variant, the government has restricted Christmas celebration. A maximum of 50 participants can join the Christmas mass by strictly following COVID-19 protocol and specific conditions imposed by district magistrates, municipal commissioners and local authorities while giving permission for it. ‘Zero Night’ celebrations and New Year eve celebrations in hotels, clubs, restaurants, parks, convention halls, kalyan mandaps and other such venues are completely banned across the state.

Dec 24, 2021 17:21 IST

70% of India's 183 Omicron Cases Asymptomatic, 91% Cases Among Fully Jabbed

Amajority of the Omicron cases in India are asymptomatic and detected among those who are fully vaccinated, an analysis of the government showed. The analysis also indicated that the cases were mostly detected among foreign returnees while only few cases were reported among those who are unvaccinated. The study, conducted on the basic of 183 cases of Omicron in the country, was presented during a press briefing by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Friday. The government data showed that 70 percent of Omicron cases were asymptomatic while there were symptoms in 30 percent cases. While 73 percent cases of the new variant were reported among those with a history of foreign travel, 27 percent patients had no history of foreign travel. READ MORE

Dec 24, 2021 17:11 IST

CM Kejriwal Hails Covid Warriors as First Dose of Vaccine Given to All Adults in Delhi

First dose of Covid vaccine has been administered to all people eligible for inoculation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday while hailing the healthcare and frontline workers who have been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. Taking to Twitter, he shared data on the vaccination drive underway in the city. “Delhi completes first dose to 100 per cent eligible people — 148.33 lakh. Salute to doctors, ANMs, teachers, ASHAs, CDVs and all other frontline workers. Congratulations to DMs, CDMOs, DIOs and all district functionaries,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Dec 24, 2021 16:48 IST

India Reporting Less than 10,000 Daily Cases Since 4 Weeks

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that for the last four weeks, India has been reporting less than 10,000 daily cases. A higher risk of transmission compared to Delta has been confirmed by household and contact studies in the United Kingdom, he said.

Dec 24, 2021 16:25 IST

89% of Adult Population Received First Dose: Rajesh Bhushan

89% of the adult population has received the first dose and 61% of the eligible population has received the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

Dec 24, 2021 16:21 IST

358 Omicron Cases in India, Says Health Secretary; New Variant Spreading Fast

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that there are 358 cases of Omicron in India while 114 people have recovered. Bhushan said Omicron has a significant growth advantage over Delta and it’s spreading fast through communities with a doubling time of between 1.5 and 3 days.

Dec 24, 2021 16:12 IST

UK PM Boris Johnson Uses Christmas Message to Push Covid Boosters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday used his annual Christmas message to push the get boosted now message for protection against COVID-19, amid an ongoing surge in cases of the Omicron variant in the country. In his video message, Johnson said a coronavirus booster jab would be a “wonderful” Christmas gift and also linked it to the teachings of Jesus Christ. He also struck a note of caution that after two years of the pandemic “we are still not through it because Omicron is surging.

Dec 24, 2021 15:52 IST

Odisha Bans Community Feasts, Night Parties from Dec 25

Odisha has announced restriction from Christmas till January 2 in view of Omicron variant. The Christmas celebrations has been limited to churches and a maximum of 50 people have been allowed. It has also imposed a compete ban on night celebrations in hotels and clubs.

Dec 24, 2021 15:40 IST

Kejriwal Says 100% Delhi Adults Jabbed with 1st Dose

Delhi achieved the milestone of administering at least one dose of Covid vaccine to all above 18, according to government data. According to the CoWIN dashboard, 1,48,27,546 people in the capital have taken at least one dose of Covid-109 vaccine by 8 pm on Thursday. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal congratulated health workers and officials for achieving the milestone.

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Of the 358 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus reported in India so far, 183 were analysed and it was found that 87 of them were fully vaccinated with three having received booster doses while 70 per cent were asymptomatic, the government said on Friday. Two were partially vaccinated, seven people were unvaccinated while 16 were ineligible to receive vaccine doses in the country’s national vaccination programme. The vaccination status of 73 is still unknown, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press conference.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach warns of a large wave of infections as the country records first death from heavily mutated Coronavirus variant- Omicron. India’s Omicron tally crossed the 300-mark on Thursday and stood at 341 on the back of a record single-day jump of 84 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.

On Thursday, Tamil Nadu recorded the highest daily count with 33 fresh cases, followed by Maharashtra- 23, Karnataka- 12, Delhi and Gujarat- seven cases each, while two patients tested positive for the variant in Odisha.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his Christmas Eve message on Friday exhorted the UK public to get jabbed as a “wonderful” gift for the nation as cases soar. Johnson said that while little time remained to buy gifts, “there is still a wonderful thing you can give your family and the whole country and that is to get that jab, whether it is your first or second, or your booster”.

The prime minister has rejected harsher virus restrictions in England over Christmas despite a record surge in cases driven by the Omicron variant. Meanwhile, in the United States, millions of Americans are on the move during the holiday season as Covid infections with Omicron surpassed the peak of the Delta wave. President Joe Biden promised this week to stand up more testing sites and ship out half a billion home kits, beginning January.

As cases continue to rise unabated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country amid fresh concerns sparked by the outbreak of highly transmissible Omicron variant and stressed on the need to be ‘satark’ (vigilant) and ‘saavdhan’ (cautious).

While asserting that the government is alert and seized of the evolving scenario, he added that the fight against the pandemic is not over yet and highlighted the “paramount importance” of Covid-safe behaviour, a statement from the PMO said. PM has directed the officials that the Centre’s teams be sent to states with low vaccination, rising cases, and insufficient health infrastructure, to assist them improve the situation. Places like New Delhi and Maharashtra have seen a rise in the number of new infections of late.

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