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Omicron surge: States across India impose restrictions, curfews to contain infection spread

Amid surge in infections of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a number of states throughout the nation have imposed stricter curbs to include the unfold of the virus.

On Wednesday, India’s energetic caseload crossed the 2-lakh mark, with a single-day spike of 58,097 Covid-19 instances. In line with the top of the Covid working group of Nationwide Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), Dr N Okay Arora, India is already witnessing the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The rise in instances has been spurred by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus — of which India at the moment has 2,135 instances, in accordance with the Union Ministry of Well being.

Vaccination for teenagers in progress at a jumbo middle at Somaiya Floor in Mumbai’s Sion on Tuesday. (The Press Reporter Photograph by Amit Chakravarty)

Right here’s a take a look at the restrictions throughout India:

Delhi

The Delhi Catastrophe Administration Authority on Tuesday determined to impose a weekend curfew within the nationwide capital. Solely important motion can be allowed throughout the curfew. It additionally determined to implement work at home in all authorities workplaces, whereas personal workplaces can be permitted to operate at 50 per cent capability. Additionally, the Delhi metro and buses will now permit 100 per cent seat occupancy to keep away from crowding at bus stops and stations.

Maharashtra

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) has issued modified pointers for worldwide travellers arriving on the Mumbai Airport. Now, all worldwide passengers should endure speedy RT-PCR checks on the airport. The rules got here into impact from Monday.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar has mentioned if the every day covid-19 instances cross the 20,000-mark, a lockdown can be imposed within the metropolis as per the Union authorities’s guidelines. Speaking to reporters, Pednekar instructed that residents put on triple-layer masks whereas travelling in public buses and native trains. She additionally appealed to them to get vaccinated on the earliest and comply with all Covid-19-related customary working procedures (SOPs).

In Pune, faculties will stay closed for lessons 1 to eight until January 30, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar introduced. He additional added that on-line lessons will proceed.

A trainer conducts lessons on-line in an empty classroom at Shivashikshan Sanastha in Mumbai’s Sion. (The Press Reporter Photograph by Amit Chakravarty)

Karnataka

Karnataka can be positioned beneath a weekend lockdown for a interval of two weeks, minister R Ashoka mentioned on Tuesday. In line with a press release issued by the state authorities, weekend curfew can be in drive from 10 pm on Friday to five am on following Monday. Revising the prevailing Covid pointers, the order acknowledged that evening curfew within the state will proceed from 10 pm to five am. Pubs, golf equipment, eating places, bars, accommodations, cinema halls, multiplexes, theatres and auditoriums can be allowed to function with 50 per cent seating capability.

Punjab

The Punjab authorities, in the meantime, has imposed an evening curfew within the state from 10 pm to five am, excluding important companies. All academic institutes shall stay closed, whereas on-line lessons will proceed. Furthermore, bars, cinemas halls, malls, eating places and spas can be allowed to function at 50 per cent capability, topic to employees being totally vaccinated.

Amongst different restrictions, the notification urges folks to comply with the ‘no masks, no service’ precept — no service shall be offered in authorities and personal workplaces to the individual not carrying correct masks.

Kerala

Kerala, which has been taking part in a significant half in contributing to the Covid-19 caseload of the nation, has determined to impose restrictions on the variety of members in public occasions. In case of occasions held at closed premises, the attendees can be restricted to 75, whereas the identical for open areas can be 150. The restrictions can be relevant to all occasions. The choice was taken in a overview assembly chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan which noticed that 80 per cent of the eligible inhabitants in Kerala have gotten the second dose of vaccine. The assembly additionally determined to strengthen the screening of passengers arriving in any respect airports.

Individuals await Covid vaccination at a centre in Ludhiana. (The Press Reporter Photograph by Gurmeet Singh)

Chhattisgarh

In case of Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday ordered a ban on rallies, processions and different form of public occasions throughout the state, an official launch mentioned. Baghel additionally ordered a “evening clamp-down” from 10 pm to six am within the districts the place the case positivity price is 4 per cent and above. The directives to district collectors and superintendents of police (SPs) had been issued within the mild of a pointy spike in Covid-19 instances within the final one week.

Bihar

Bihar on Tuesday imposed recent curbs as energetic Covid instances within the state reached 2222 with over 800 instances reported within the final 24 hours. Patna and Gaya are the worst-affected. A press release launched by the federal government mentioned an evening curfew can be in drive from 10 pm to five am. Pre-schools and lessons 1 to eight will stay closed. Nonetheless, on-line lessons will proceed. Academic establishments for lessons 9 to 12 will operate with 50 per cent capability. Non secular locations, malls, cinemas, golf equipment, swimming swimming pools, stadiums, gyms, parks can even stay closed. These newest restrictions will stay in impact from January 6 to 21.

Haryana

The Haryana authorities Tuesday restricted the attendance at authorities workplaces, boards and firms to 50 per cent of the full power. The remainder of the workers will work at home, in accordance with a authorities notification. The recent set of directions had been issued by the workplace of Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal.

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