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India COVID-19 highlights: Maharashtra imposes Section 144 at night; Omicron cases jump to 358

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India COVID-19 news latest updates: More states have begun to impose restrictions with now Uttar Pradesh becoming the latest to impose night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am. India has recorded 122 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in a span of 24 hours, the highest so far, pushing its tally in the country to 358, 114 of which have recovered or migrated, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

India COVID-19 highlights: Maharashtra imposes Section 144 at night; Omicron cases jump to 358
India recorded 122 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in a span of 24 hours, the highest so far, pushing its tally in the country to 358, 114 of which have recovered or migrated, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The 358 Omicron Covid variant cases have been detected across 17 states and union territories so far, it showed.
Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of 88 cases of the Omicron variant, followed by Delhi with 67, Telangana 38, Tamil Nadu 34, Karnataka 31 and Gujarat 30. The ministry data updated at 8 am also showed that India recorded 6,650 new coronavirus infections, taking its tally of cases to 3,47,72,626, while the count of active cases has declined to 77,516.
The death toll due to the disease has climbed to 4,79,133, with 374 daily fatalities being recorded, it showed. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 57 days.
The tally of active cases has declined to 77,516, which comprises 0.22 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has further improved to 98.40 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said. A decrease of 775 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, as per the data.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.57 per cent. It has been less than two per cent for 81 days now. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.59 per cent. This has been below one per cent for 40 days now, according to the health ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 3,42,15,977, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.38 per cent. The cumulative number of doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 140.31 crore.
India's COVID-19 infection tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19. The country crossed the grim milestones of two crore cases on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
Here are the day's highlights:
# Seven-day home quarantine compulsory for passengers landing in Mumbai from Dubai
Mumbai residents arriving here from Dubai will have to undergo seven-day home quarantine, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Friday. The travellers who live in other parts of Maharashtra will be able to leave Mumbai on arrival from Dubai, but their transport will be arranged by the collector, it said. These travellers will not be allowed to take public transport, the order said. Those who have a connecting flight to other states or other parts of Maharashtra will be allowed to take the next flight. The order was issued by city municipal commissioner I S Chahal.
# Maharashtra imposes Section 144 at night, curbs on large gatherings and more
The Maharashtra government has imposed nighttime curbs across the state in view of the increasing number of cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The government has declared that Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits public gatherings of five or more persons, will be enforced from 9pm to 6am. The order specifies other restrictions to be imposed -- restaurants, gyms, spas, cinemas, theatres will continue to follow the 50% seating rule, with the added rider that they must now declare their full capacity and 50% in a manner that can be easily seen.
# Gujarat extends night curfew time by two hours in eight major cities
Amid Omicron concerns and increase in daily new coronavirus cases, the Gujarat government on Friday extended the duration of night curfew in eight cities by two hours. The curfew would be in force from 11 pm to 5 am instead of 1 am to 5 am, said a notification issued by the state home department. The new time will be implemented from December 25 in the cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and Gandhinagar, it said."Commercial activities in shops, restaurants, shopping complexes, marketing yards, marts, hair cutting saloons, beauty parlours among others in these eight cities are allowed to remain open till 11 pm," said the notification.
# Jammu and Kashmir reports 141 new COVID-19 cases; one death
Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 141 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the infected number of persons to 3,40,434 while one fresh death due to the virus was reported from the Union Territory in the past 24 hours, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 23 were from Jammu division and 118 from Kashmir division of the Union Territory, the officials said. They said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 58 cases followed by 14 cases in Jammu district. There are 1,317 active cases in the UT, while the number of recovered patients was 3,34,598, the officials said.
# Rajasthan reports 42 fresh COVID-19 cases, one death
One more person died from coronavirus in Rajasthan on Friday as 42 fresh cases surfaced, taking the state's infection count to 9,55,373, according an official report. So far, 8,962 people have died from the infection in the state. The state currently has 244 active cases. The fresh death was reported from Jhunjhunu. The fresh cases were reported from Jaipur (18), Jodhpur (6), Ajmer (5), Bikaner (4), Pratapgarh (3), Udaipur, Bhilwara (2 each), Ganganagar and Sirohi (1 each), the report said.
# Delhi logs 180 fresh COVID cases in a day, highest since June 16; positivity rate rises to 0.29%
The national capital on Friday recorded 180 fresh COVID cases, the highest single-day rise since June 16, and zero death while the positivity rate mounted to 0.29 percent, according to data shared by Delhi's health department. On June 16, the city had logged 212 COVID-19 cases. The total number of cases reported in Delhi so far rose to 14,42,813.
# Goa reports 67 COVID-19 cases, no death; active tally now 453
The COVID-19 tally in Goa reached 1,79,965 on Friday after 67 cases were detected, while the death toll remained unchanged at 3,518, an official said. So far, 1,75,994 people have been discharged post recovery, including 43 on Friday, leaving the state with an active caseload of 453, he said. With 1,902 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 16,07,977, he added.
# Delhi govt roping in NGO's to strengthen health facilities
Delhi government is in process of roping NGOs for strengthening its health infrastructure and manpower in view of rising cases of Omicron in the national capital A cabinet not for hiring 'Doctors for You' for providing manpower for running 3 DCHCS (Sawan Kripal Ashram; Sardar Patel, Chattarpur & Sant Nirankari, Burari) and Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia Hospital has been put up for approval, according to the official documentation. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had yesterday announced that since Omicron infection does not require hospitalisation in most cases, the home-isolation module is being strengthened and an agency was being hired for it. The capacity to follow up patients in home isolation will be increased from the current 1,100 cases daily to one lakh each day. As soon as someone tests positive, a phone call will be made to the person and the next day a medical team will visit the person to provide him with a kit containing medicines and other items.

# Union govt's analysis of 183 omicron cases in India

# Health Min Press Conference | Europe, America & Africa are witnessing an increase in Covid cases but in Asia the cases are on a decline
Omicron has a significant growth advantage over delta
Cases double between 1.5 days to 3 days
Omicron has a higher risk of transmission than Delta
# Puducherry adds 20 fresh COVID-19 cases; no fatalities for 5th straight day
The union territory of Puducherry clocked 20 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours as the overall tally to 1,29, 394, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Friday. The union territory did not record any fresh fatality for the fifth straight day, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release here. The fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,466 samples were spread over Puducherry (11), Karaikal (8) and Mahe (one). Yanam region, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, did not report any fresh case, the Director said. The number of active cases stood at 154 which included 33 patients in hospitals and the remaining 121 in home isolation. Sriramulu said no fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam and the death toll remained at 1,880.
# UP government announces night curfew from December 25 from 11 pm to 5am.
# Thane district's COVID-19 count rises by 153, death toll by two
With the addition of 153 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,71,669, an official said on Friday. These cases were reported on Thursday, he said.
# Four new cases take COVID tally of Andamans to 7,708
Amid rising Omicron cases in the country, four more persons with travel history have tested positive for COVID19 in Andaman and Nicobar Island, taking the tally in the Union Territory to 7,708, a health department official said on Friday. All the four new patients were detected after they arrived at the airport here, he said.
# Maha govt to issue fresh guidelines to curb crowding in view of spike in COVID-19 cases
The Maharashtra government has decided to impose fresh restrictions in the state to avoid crowding in view of the rising cases of COVID19, and it will issue guidelines regarding these curbs, an official said on Friday. The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in a statement late night on Thursday that the guidelines will be issued on Friday.
# COVID-19: Delhi records 118 new cases, one death; positivity rate 0.19%
Delhi on Thursday recorded 118 fresh Covid cases, and one death, while the positivity rate stood at 0.13 percent, according to data shared by the city health department. On Wednesday, the national capital had logged 125 cases, the highest since June 22, with a positivity rate of 0.20 percent while no death due to the coronavirus infection was recorded, as per official figures.
# Punjab sees 35 fresh coronavirus cases, 1 COVID death
Punjab on Thursday reported 35 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the infection tally to 6,04,092, according to a medical bulletin. With one more COVIDrelated death reported in the state, the toll reached 16,636.
# Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting on the COVID-19 situation in the country on Thursday evening amid rising concerns.
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