Fearing upsurge in Omicron cases, Maharashtra clamps down on Christmas and New Year celebrations – the New Indian Express


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MUMBAI: Amid Omicron fears, Mumbai Police said banning orders under Article 144 of the CrPC will be imposed in the city from December 16 to 31, a period covering Christmas and New Years Eve New Year’s Day, banning large gatherings as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

They also said that only people up to 50% of a venue’s capacity will be allowed to attend any event and that program organizers should be fully immunized against the coronavirus.

An order imposing Article 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) within the confines of the Mumbai commission from Thursday was issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) on Monday.

The article prohibits the gathering of five or more people in one place and the holding of public meetings, among other things.

According to the order, people must follow appropriate COVID-19 behavior to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

“Everyone involved in the organization of any program, event, etc. as well as service providers and attendees, visitors, guests, clients should be fully immunized,” he said.

Any store, establishment, mall, event and gathering must be manned by fully immunized people and all visitors and customers to those places must be fully immunized against the coronavirus, the order says.

All public transport should only be used by fully vaccinated people, he said, adding that all people traveling in Maharashtra should be fully vaccinated or wear an RT-PCR test valid for 72 hours.

“People up to 50% of the capacity will be allowed to attend any program, event or activity or gathering, which takes place in a closed or open space,” the order reads.

If the number of people attending such events exceeds a thousand, the local disaster management authority will need to be notified, he said.

“The decree will enter into force in areas under the control of the Mumbai Police Commissioner, with immediate effect from December 16, 2021, and will remain in effect until midnight December 31,” he said.

Mumbai added 238 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing its number of infections to 765,934, the city’s municipal body said.

As no deaths from the virus were reported during the day, the death toll in the city remained unchanged at 16,360, he said.

Maharashtra has so far reported 32 cases of the Omicron strain, including in the Mumbai metropolitan area (MMR).

Omicron, classified as a “variant of concern” by the WHO, was detected last month in southern Africa and has raised alarm around the world.

As of Wednesday, 925 new positive cases for the coronavirus were reported, including four of Omicron variant infection, and 10 new deaths, the health department said.

With that, the number of statewide cases jumped to 66,461,061, while the death toll rose to 1,41,298, he said in a health report.

As of Tuesday, the state had reported 684 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths.

According to a report released by the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV), four people were found infected with the Omicron strain, the health department said.

With this, the Omicron case tally in the state reached 32.

Of these four patients, two are from Osmanabad, one from Mumbai and a patient from Buldhana.

Health Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas, during a presentation at the Maharashtra cabinet meeting in Mumbai, said the Omicron variant was spreading rapidly around the world and the Maharashtra would likely see an increase in cases infected with it in January next year.

Cases of Omicron infection will end up in rural areas as well as in cities, he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray called on authorities to redouble their efforts to complete the administration of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines to all eligible people.

The World Health Organization, which had classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” recently said that Omicron is spreading at a rate not seen with any previous strain.

A total of 929 patients were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cured patients to 64 94,617.

There are now 6,467 active cases of the coronavirus in Maharashtra.

The state’s COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.72%, while the death rate is 2.12%, he said.

A total of 1,822 people were tested for the coronavirus during the day, bringing their cumulative number in the state to 6,712,510.

Mumbai has reported 238 new cases of COVID-19 and zero deaths, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The Mumbai Division, which includes the city and its satellite townships, has recorded 417 cases and one death.

The Pune Division reported 297 new cases, Nashik (123), Aurangabad (15), Latur (22), Kolhapur (34), Nagpur (eight) and Akola Division (nine), according to the bulletin.

The Pune division recorded six deaths, while the Nagpur, Akola, Aurangabad and Kolhapur divisions reported no deaths.

Each administrative division is made up of a set of districts.

The figures for the Maharashtra coronavirus are as follows: positive cases 66,461,061, new cases 925, death toll 1,41,298, recoveries 64 94,617, active cases 6,467, total tests 6 71 82,510.

More cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus are expected to appear in January next year in Maharashtra, a senior public health department official said on Wednesday.

“The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world and Maharashtra is likely to see an increase in the number of cases infected with it in January next year. Cases of Omicron infection will be found in rural areas as well as in the cities, “Maharashtra public The additional chief secretary of the health department, Dr Pradeep Vyas, said during a presentation at the Maharashtra cabinet meeting in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray called on authorities to redouble their efforts to complete the administration of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines to all eligible people.

The World Health Organization, which had classified Omicron as a “variant of concern,” recently said that Omicron is spreading at a rate not seen with any previous strain.

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The number of patients infected with the Omicron variant in Maharashtra has risen to 32 and the other four such cases have been detected, the state health department said on Wednesday.

Buldhana District in Maharashtra reported its first case of Omicron on Wednesday after a 67-year-old man tested positive for this variant of the coronavirus upon his return from Dubai, an official said.

With this, the number of Omicron cases in the state rose to 29.

Buldhana Resident Assistant Collector Dinesh Gite said the senior is a local resident, who returned to Buldhana from Dubai on December 3.

He tested positive for COVID-19 on December 8, after which he was admitted to a hospital and his sample sent for genome sequencing.

“The report which arrived today confirmed that he is infected with the Omicron strain,” he said.

Gite said the patient’s condition is stable and doing well.

His family members and other close contacts have tested negative for the infection, the collector added.

Prior to that, 12 cases of Omicron infection were found in Mumbai, 10 in Pimpri-Chinchwad (an industrial township in Pune district), two in Pune city, one in Kalyan-Dombivali, Nagpur, Latur and Vasai- Virar, officials said.

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