Amid the growing concern for the new China-origin coronavirus’s Omicron mutant, the Uttar Pradesh government today decided to impose a night curfew across the state from 25 December. The restrictions will be in place between 11 PM to 5 AM.
Yesterday, the Madhya Pradesh government imposed a night curfew in the state from 11 pm to 5 AM as a precautionary measure and advised people to strictly follow Covid-19 protocols.
Maharashtra government is expected to announce fresh curbs for Christmas and New Year too. An official said the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra is mulling further reducing the number of people allowed in enclosed areas, regulating working hours for establishments and imposing night curfew or Section 144 to control crowds.
With night curfews back once again, several Twitter users wondered if Omicron is active only during the nights and posted hilarious memes to express their confusion.
Yesterday, expressing concern about the growing number of cases of Omicron in Telangana, the state high court had asked the government to strictly impose restrictions on Christmas, New Year and Sankranti festival celebrations.
The Haryana government today declared a night curfew in the state — from 11 pm to 5 am — in order to check the spread of Omicron cases, while also prohibiting the gathering of more than 200 persons in public places, as well as other programmes, till further notice.
Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, today, chaired a meeting to review Covid-preparedness in the state, after which he stated, “In view of the possibility of increasing cases of Omicron in the state, and for the safety of the people, from 1 January 2022, both doses of vaccination have been made mandatory for entry in all institutions related to the public sector. Along with this, gathering of more than 200 people in public places, other programmes and movement of the public from 11 PM to 5 AM will be strictly banned.”
On 21 December, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had, in a letter, stated that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was “three times” more transmissible than the Delta variant. With this, the union government issued guidelines to the states that include the imposition of night curfew, strict regulation of large gatherings, restricting numbers in offices, extensive testing, etc.
The union government asked the states and union territories to activate “war rooms” and step up efforts for Covid-19 containment.