Mumbai’s 5 PM-5 AM curbs, other New Year’s restrictions amid Omicron proliferation

Mumbai has seen a huge increase in coronavirus cases this week.


People in Mumbai are not allowed to visit beaches, open grounds, sea views, promenades, parks and similar public places between kl. 17:00 and 05:00 to January 15 due to the massive increase in cases of coronavirus, Mumbai police said in an order on New Year’s Eve.

Large gatherings are also prohibited under the order, which took effect from 6 p.m. 1 p.m. Friday and will remain until Jan. 15 unless they are withdrawn earlier, senior police officer S Chaitanya said.

“The city remains threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the rise in cases and the emergence of the new Omicron variant,” the order said.

The Prohibition Order was issued to prevent danger to human life, health and safety and to slow down the transmission of the virus, it added.

Authorities had banned all major gatherings ahead of New Year.

Maharashtra has seen 198 fresh Omicron cases amid fears of a third Covid wave as it registered 5,368 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, 37 percent higher than the day before. The new variant has been labeled as “highly contagious” by experts.

Mumbai also saw a massive increase again with 3,671 infections – 46 percent higher compared to yesterday. With 190 cases, the city also registered most of the state’s healthy Omicron patients.

On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray met with the state’s Covid task force. One of the most important discussions at the high-level meeting was about the new variant that is believed to drive up the infections in the state, which has the highest overall cases in the country (66,65,386).

So far, 450 patients affected by Omicron have been registered by the state. India has logged over 960 cases of the new variant.

India’s financial capital has seen a fivefold increase over the last week in the daily increase in Covid cases – the city registered 683 infections last Friday.

In fear of a new wave of coronavirus, the city’s civic body – Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation – has reactivated its departmental war rooms to tackle the growing number of cases.

These war rooms are equipped in all 24 wards to handle hospitalizations, oxygen and medication needs, and vaccination. The war rooms – which follow the “test, trace and treat” strategy – also keep track of patients who are isolated in their homes.

While cases have increased, Mumbai’s civic body has said more than 90 percent of cases are asymptomatic. Despite a ban on large gatherings prior to the New Year celebration, the streets are still witnessing huge crowds.

Meanwhile, the central government has said it is ready to tackle the rise and there is “no need to panic”.

Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Bengaluru are among the other major cities that have witnessed an increase in infections over the last week.


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