updated at 8am.
Of the 23 states and union territories that have recorded cases of Omicron so far, Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of 450, followed by Delhi (320), Kerala (109) and Gujarat (97).
Meanwhile, Mumbai Police have issued an order prohibiting people from visiting beaches, open grounds, waterfronts, boardwalks, gardens, parks or similar public places between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. until January 15 due to the current coronavirus situation and the emergence of the Omicron variant.
Public entry to all of the city’s beaches, including Tannirbhavi, Surathkal and Panambur, was banned after 7 p.m. on Friday following the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. In an order issued by the Dakshina Kannada District Administration, Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra said that any kind of New Year’s celebration on the beaches is not allowed after 7 p.m.
Celebrations are also not allowed in public places, according to the order. The nighttime curfew, implemented since December 28 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., is already in place in the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. Udupi District Deputy Commissioner Kurma Rao also issued an order banning the celebration on beaches and other public places.
Nine deaths from Covid-19 were reported in Delhi in December so far this year, the highest number of deaths from coronavirus infection in the past four months in the nation’s capital, according to official data. Delhi had recorded seven deaths from Covid in November, four in October and five in September.
On December 30, the city recorded 1,313 new cases of Covid, the largest single-day increase since May 26, while the positivity rate climbed to 1.73%, according to data shared by the department of health. No new deaths were reported in the city on Thursday.
(with PTI entries)
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