Maharashtra Announces New Borders After Massive Spike In New Covid Cases, 450 Omicron Infections | Bombay News

The government of Maharashtra has imposed more Covid-19 restrictions as the state reported a massive increase in daily cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to 5,368 and its number of infections at Omicron rose to 450.

Mumbai has seen a 46% increase in Covid-19 cases after 3,671 new infections were detected in the state capital on Thursday. Mumbai has also reported 190 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the highest one-day peak to date, bringing the number of such patients in the city to 327.

In a revised ordinance Thursday evening, the Maharashtra government announced new restrictions on attendance at weddings, social, political, religious and funeral events.

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“In the event of a wedding or any other social, political or religious event, the maximum number of participants will be limited to 50 people. The maximum number of participants is limited to 20 during the funeral,” the order indicates.

“In any other part of the state which are tourist sites which attract a large crowd of people such as beaches, open areas, etc., the competent authority may, if necessary, impose article 144 of the code of Criminal Procedure of 1973 “, he added. .

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Meanwhile, Mumbai Police have already imposed Section 144 in the city from December 30 to January 7.

In accordance with the new Covid-19 restrictions, the ban has been placed on New Year’s celebrations, parties in any closed or open space, including restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, resorts and clubs on December 30 to January 7.

“The decree will come into effect, in areas under the control of the Greater Mumbai Police Commissioner from December 30, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. and will remain in effect until midnight on January 7, 2022, unless it is withdrawn earlier, “he added. the order reads.

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“Anyone violating this order will be punished under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code of 1860, in addition to the penal provisions under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 and the National Disaster Management Act of 2005 and other legal provisions, if applicable, ”said Chaitanya S, deputy police commissioner.

Data shows that nearly 45% of the 450 cases of Omicron detected in Maharashtra are from people with no history of international travel. Of the 450 Omicron cases detected as of Thursday, 206 had no travel history.

The numbers raise concerns among health experts that the Omicron variant is in a phase of higher transmission. They also said that the highly mutated Omicron variant is now quickly replacing the Delta variant in Mumbai.

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