PM Modi to chair review meeting over COVID situation today at 6.30 pm


Guwahati: Amid the concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting at 6.30 pm today to review the pandemic situation in the country.

India has so far reported more than 200 cases of Omicron variant, with Delhi leading the tally. As of Wednesday, the city has reported 57 cases. It is followed by Maharashtra (54), Telangana (24), Karnataka (19), Rajasthan (18), Kerala (15), and Gujarat (14). Jammu and Kashmir has reported three Omicron cases, while Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have two cases each.

The Centre had earlier asked states to impose night curfew and manage large gatherings amid a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in different parts of the country.

Further, on Wednesday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) banned gatherings for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

According to the new orders, all restaurants and bars can run at 50 per cent of seating capacity, while not more than 200 people can participate in a marriage function.

With the recovery of 6,960 patients in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients, since the beginning of the pandemic, now stand at 3,42,08,926.

As many as 434 Covid deaths have also been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative death toll from the virus to 4,78,759.

Meanwhile, Union Health Ministry on Tuesday alerted States and Union Territories about the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, and said that based on current scientific evidence, Omicron is at least three times more transmissible than the Delta variant.

The ministry further added that greater foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision making and strict and prompt containment action is required at the local and district level.

With the administration of 70,17,671 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 139.70 crore (1,39,69,76,774), Union Health Ministry informed.