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India crosses 2K mark in Omicron surge, Delhi opts for Weekend curfew

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Omicron cases in India: The country crossed the 2000-mark on Tuesday with 153 more cases, this takes the total number of patients to 2,043.

Now, even Meghalaya reported the new variant making it cover 24 states and UTs in India.

Maharashtra continues to report maximum daily Covid cases; Omicron happens to be responsible for 80 per cent of the Covid cases in Mumbai.

Just a day ago, Delhi reported 5,481 Covid cases and its CM Arvind Kejriwal also tested positive for the coronavirus.
This led the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to impose a weekend curfew in the national capital.

As per the concerned officials, all the services, except shops selling essential items such as groceries, will also be shut over the weekend.

Omicron surge, Delhi opts for weekend curfew

These include malls, markets and restaurants. A night curfew is already in place in Delhi, the curfew will be in effect between 10 pm Friday and 5 am Monday.

With this, Delhi becomes the first major metro to announce such stringent curbs; this comes as a fresh Covid wave, driven largely by the new Omicron variant, sweeps across India.

Furthermore, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia announced the weekend curfew said that while the hospitalisation rate over the past two weeks remains low but caution needs to be exercised.

All the Delhi government officials barring those involved in essential duties will work from home. Private offices will work at 50 per cent strength.

Moreover, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed that over 40 lakh teens got their first dose on the first day of vaccination.

To provide the utmost protection, even teens are taking vaccines against the coronavirus. Many schools are helping as the Covid vaccination centres.

Seeing the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Table Tennis Federation of India Tuesday decided to postpone events in three categories. These are (Under-15, Under-13 and Under-11) in the National Ranking (Central Zone) Championships.

According to the WHO, the soaring Omicron cases around the globe could increase the risk of a newer, more dangerous variant emerging.

What is even more concerning is the detection of a new variant, the B.1.640.2 variant. Its other name is ‘IHU’. This new virus has a history link with travelling to Cameroon, an African country.

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Hina Fatima Khan
Hina Fatima Khan
Multi-media Journalist based in India with an experience of 7 years in the industry, Hina Fatima Khan works as a Senior Sub-Editor at The Vocal News. Her areas of interest are Politics, Business, History and World Affairs. She is also a Space enthusiast and enjoys scrabble in the Newspapers. She has done Masters in Convergent Journalism from Mass communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia University.

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