This Article is From Dec 27, 2021

Most Omicron Cases In Delhi, Big Jump; Night Curfew From Today: 10 Points

Omicron cases have been rising in the country in the wake of the wedding and festival season, prompting authorities to bring back curbs

Pictures of crowded markets and unmasked Christmas celebrations have set alarm bells ringing

New Delhi: Amid fears of the new Omicron variant driving a third wave of Covid infections, the country today reported 578 cases of the new strain over the past 24 hours - a hike of 37 per cent from Sunday's tally of 422.

Here are the 10 top points

  1. Delhi has recorded the most cases of Omicron in the country (142), followed by Maharashtra (141), Kerala (57), Gujarat (49) and 43 (Rajasthan), the Health Ministry said in a bulletin.

  2. Overall, the country reported 6,531 Covid cases over the past 24 hours, 6.5 per cent less as compared to yesterday. The country's active Covid caseload currently stands at 75,841.

  3. Omicron cases have been rising in the wake of the wedding and festival season, prompting authorities to bring back curbs that had been eased after case counts dropped.

  4. Pictures of crowded markets in Delhi and unmasked Christmas celebrations in Kolkata have set alarm bells ringing and brought back grim memories of the second wave.

  5. Delhi has activated the graded action plan prepared earlier this year to tackle surges in infections. From 11 pm today, night curfew will remain in place in the national capital.

  6. Essential services and movement of food supplies, transport from and to airports, railway stations and bus depots and e-commerce deliveries are among services exempted from the night curfew.

  7. The decision to bring back night curfew was taken after Delhi reported 290 cases yesterday. If the spike continues, a yellow alert will kick in. 

  8. If the yellow alert comes into force, operational timings of shops and malls selling non-essential goods and services will be restrained. Curbs will be put in place for restaurants and bars. Cinema halls and multiplexes, which have opened after long, will be shut again.

  9. Alarmed by the spike in cases, the Allahabad High Court has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Election Commission of India to delay Uttar Pradesh elections and stop rallies. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has reached the poll panel's office for a meeting today.

  10. The Prime Minister has asked officials to remain alert and vigilant. He has also announced that India will start giving booster shots to frontline workers and those above 60 from January 10 and that vaccinations will begin for children between 15 and 18 years from January 3.

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