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Omicron scare: Christmas, New Year celebrations banned in Delhi

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Guwahati:  Owing to the persistent rise in Covid cases, the Delhi government has banned mass gatherings during Christmas and New Year. The government said the district magistrates and district Disaster Management authority would be responsible for controlling the disease.

“All district magistrates shall conduct an intensive survey of the entire area falling under their jurisdiction and identify those pockets, markets and crowded places which have the potential of becoming superspreaders of coronavirus and its Omicron variant,” the DDMA said in the order.

It stated all DMs and DCPs shall deploy a sufficient number of enforcement teams on the field to keep utmost vigil at public places to enforce strict adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour to avoid any possible surge in Covid-19 cases.

The order also mentioned that all social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious festival related gatherings and congregations are prohibited throughout NCT of Delhi. All restaurants and bars are allowed up to 50% seating capacity

The number of Omicron cases in India has risen to 213, Union health ministry data showed on Wednesday. At the top were Maharashtra with 65 cases and Delhi with 57 patients. Till now, 90 patients have been discharged after recovery.

The Omicron spread in India has worried the Centre, prompting it to ask states to be on guard. Meanwhile, most states, like Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala, have reinforced Covid restrictions to stem the Omicron spread in India.

The majority of the Omicron patients diagnosed till Monday had a Dubai travel history. Out of 22 cases, 19 had international travel history.

“Omicron is at least 3 times more transmissible than Delta. Hence, even greater foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision making & strict & prompt containment action are required at the local & district level,” health secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote in a letter to states on Tuesday.

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