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Delhi govt bans gatherings for Christmas, New Year celebrations amid Omicron scare

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Amid a rise in coronavirus cases and the threat of the Omicron variant, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Wednesday directed district magistrates to ensure no Christmas and New Year gathering takes place in the national capital.The DDMA instructed the district magistrates to take all required measures in their respective jurisdictions to control the spread.

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“All DMs and District DCPs shall ensure that no cultural event/gatherings/congregation/take place for celebrating Christmas or New Year in NCT of Delhi,” reads an order issued by DDMA.

The authority announced that “No mask/No entry should be strictly ensured at shops/workplaces,” the order read.

Notably, these curbs have been extended till December 31 midnight. However, the DDMA said the currently permitted and restricted activities in Delhi will continue up to the intervening night (12.00 hrs) of December 31 and January 1.

Similarly, Karnataka Chief Minister Besavaraj Bommai yesterday issued fresh guidelines for Christmas and New Year and said no parties or mass gatherings would be permitted in the state from December 30 to January 2. The state government also decided to prohibit mass gatherings in the city and other public places in the state.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the BMC urged the citizens to avoid gatherings and parties during the upcoming Christmas festival and New Year.

The total number of cases of the Omicron variant in India has climbed to 213, the Union health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The ministry added that 90 patients have recovered from the variant till now.

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Omicron has so far been detected across 15 states and Union Territories (UTs), the ministry further said. Among these, Delhi has the most number of cases at 57, followed by Maharashtra at 54, Telangana at 24 and Karnataka at 19, as per the data released by the ministry.

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