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Maharashtra govt imposes more restrictions amid spike in cases

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Nagpur: The Maharashtra government announced fresh curbs on attendance of weddings, social, political, religious events and funerals in a late-night development on Thursday.

The order stated, “In case of marriages or any other social, political or religious event, the maximum number of attendees shall be restricted to 50 persons. The maximum number of attendees is restricted to 20 at funerals.”

The development comes after Mumbai saw 3,671 new Covid-19 cases, with a 46 per cent jump on Thursday. The city also reported a spike of 190 new Omicron cases of which, almost 140 were cases with no travel history. The total tally of Omicron cases in the city reached 327. Mumbai police has imposed section 144 in the city till January 7. There are also restrictions in Mumbai city for new years eve. Parties in any closed or open space including restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs.

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According to a report, data shows nearly 45 per cent of the Omicron cases detected in the state are those without any kind of travel history. The health experts claim that the figures are worrying as the omicron variant is highly transmissible and can cause a possible third wave in the country.

The fast-spreading Omicron variant is likely to soon replace the Delta strain globally, experts in Singapore have warned, as countries after countries have reported a record surge in Covid cases.

The warning comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned that the more transmissible Omicron together with the currently circulating Delta variants might lead to “a tsunami of cases,” putting immense pressure on national health systems.

Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 5,368 new cases with 3,671 Covid-19 cases from Mumbai city itself.

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