India has recorded more than 100 Omicron cases on December 17. This has increased the tension among the common man as well as has alarmed the front-line workers, lawmakers and administrators from every background.
The government is speeding up the pace of their vaccination drive in order to vaccinate a cent per cent population to minimize the impact of Covid-19.
The presence of more than 100 Omicron cases in the country has compelled to impose stricter Covid restrictions in places where Omicron cases are multiplying rapidly.
The Mumbai Police, in an order issued on Wednesday, said that Section 144 has been imposed in the city up to December 31, banning all large gatherings in public spaces.
Restrictions that will remain in place include an order mandating all employees of all shops and commercial establishments, including those in malls, to be fully (double) vaccinated.
All customers must also be fully vaccinated, the order reminded people.
The people who will be using any kind of public transport are compulsory to be double vaccinated.
The order also repeats the need for all those arriving in the state (by any means of transport) to either be fully vaccinated or hold a negative RT-PCR test valid for 72 hours.
A maximum of 50 people are allowed to gather in any kind of gathering, be it marriage, funeral, political gathering or any other. On the other hand, if there are chances of the gathering of more than 100 people, then the officials from the Disaster Management Authorities should be informed.
On December 1, when international airports across India enforced strict regulations for passengers from 'at-risk' countries, Maharashtra went further, making institutional quarantine mandatory.It was on December 17 that eight more Omicron cases were registered from the city's outskirts. None of them had any history of international travel. Total Omicron cases in Maharashtra are 28 - 12 from Mumbai, 10 from Pimpri Chinchwad, two from Pune, and one each from Kalyan Dombivali, Nagpur, Latur, and Vasai Virar areas.
On December 1, when international airports across India enforced strict regulations for passengers from 'at-risk' countries, Maharashtra went further, making institutional quarantine mandatory.
The move was discouraged by the centre and, in revised, rules, only those from three 'ultra-risk' nations "shall be deboarded on priority.... (and) sent to mandatory 7 days' institutional quarantine".
Telangana also reported two new cases on December 18. A third passenger also tested positive, but he was en route to Kolkata by the time his status was confirmed.
Ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, the West Bengal government on Wednesday extended the existing coronavirus restrictions till 15 January.
Issuing an order, the Bengal government said that Covid-19 restrictions related to the movement of people and vehicles between 11 pm and 5 am shall be relaxed for Christmas and New Year celebrations from 24 December to 1 January.
The state today reported its first Omicron case after a seven-year-old boy, resident of Murshidabad district, tested positive for the new coronavirus variant, a senior official of the health department said.
The boy, the official said, recently returned to Bengal from Abu Dhabi via Hyderabad. He left for a relative's place in Malda from Kolkata airport.
"The boy flew with his parents from Abu Dhabi to Hyderabad, where he tested positive for Omicron. He had not entered Hyderabad city. He returned to Kolkata on December 11. "The state health department was alerted about his Omicron report by authorities in Hyderabad only on Wednesday morning," the senior official said.