Seven Omicron cases among 695 fresh COVID-19 infections reported in Maharashtra, 12 deaths recorded

By Online Desk

NEW DELHI: Mumbai on Tuesday recorded 70 percent cases of Omicron variant, higher than yesterday, while Delhi witnessed 50 percent increase.

Mumbai has reported over 1000 cases for the first time in months, with 1,377 cases reported on Tuesday. Yesterday, the city had recorded 803 cases. Meanwhile, 338 people have recovered from the disease on Tuesday. The number of fresh cases in Maharashtra stood at 2,172.

Delhi reported 496 fresh cases as against the 331 cases reported yesterday. The national capital reported one death. According to reports, a yellow alert has been sounded in Delhi and some restrictions imposed under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in view of rising number of Covid cases in the city.

Punjab has banned entry of not fully vaccinated people from January 15 in public places.

Delhi, Karnataka, UP, MP, Assam, Haryana and Kerala, Uttarakhand, Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu have imposed night curfews so far.

In Uttarakhand, Chief Secretary Dr SS Sandhu on Tuesday instructed all the District Magistrates (DMs) to create containment zones and impose various restrictions on basis of population and population density in the view of an increase in COVID-19 cases and the danger of its Omicron variant.

As per a release from the state government, he has instructed all the District Magistrates to take special steps for the protection and safety of people against COVID-19 and its recently-discovered Omicron variant.

He has instructed the district magistrates to follow the preventive measures and restrictions in accordance with the instructions issued by the Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He said that keeping a constant watch on the cases of COVID-19 in all the districts.

Sandhu has directed all the DMs to ensure the continuation of containment strategy, testing, contact tracing, isolation, surveillance, adequate clinical management, vaccination and COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

“He has instructed to take steps like night curfew, ban on overcrowding, reducing the number of marriages and funerals, limiting the number in offices, industries and public transport in case of increase in Covid cases. Instructions were given that strict compliance of Containment Zone, Buffer Zone etc. should be ensured,” added the release.

The Chief Secretary has also stressed sending samples for door to door case search and genome sequencing at the earliest, along with conducting COVID testing as per the guidelines of ICMR and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Instructions have been given to conduct contact tracing of people and testing as per the guidelines of ICMR. He added that sampling and monitoring of travellers from abroad should be done on priority.

Sandhu has given instructions to keep the district-level control rooms and their numbers in active mode. Along with this, instructions have also been given to ensure 100 per cent coverage of COVID-19 vaccination along with the availability of an adequate number of isolation beds, oxygen beds and ICU beds.

The Chief Secretary has also directed to conduct continuous campaigns for public awareness about the wearing of masks and COVID behaviour among the general public. 

(With inputs from ANI)