Omicron Scare: Night Curfews, Stricter Restrictions in Many States


Security personnel check vehicles during the night curfew imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19 cases, in Patna, April 21, 2021. — IANS photo used for illustrative purposes only

To contain the spread of the virus, various states imposed night curfew ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – Many Indian states have imposed night curfews and stricter Covid curbs amid growing concern over the spread of Omicron cases as, according to ministry of health, the country has reported 358 cases of Omicron variant so far.

Of the 358 cases, 183 were analysed and it was found that 87 of them were fully vaccinated with three having received booster doses and 121 had travel history to foreign countries, the government said on Friday.

To contain the spread of the virus, various states imposed night curfew ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Uttar Pradesh: The state government is going to impose night curfew from Saturday (December 25). Besides enforcing night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am the government has also announced to put a cap on number of guests in the wedding. No more than 200 people will be allowed at weddings, as per the order.

Gujarat: The Gujarat government on Friday extended the duration of the night curfew in eight cities by two hours amid the spike in the cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, according to reports.

According to a notification, the change in the timings will be effective from December 25 in the cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and Gandhinagar.

Haryana:  Haryana has imposed statewide night curfew from December 25 to January 5 to contain the surge in Covid cases during the holiday season, according to IANS report.

Haryana has also banned gathering of more than 200 people at public places.

Earlier, the government ordered that from January 1, only fully vaccinated people could enter the public offices.

Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday 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.

Meanwhile, Telangana High Court on Thursday directed state government to tighten curbs on gatherings during Christmas and New Year celebrations.The court also directed the government to make it mandatory for persons coming from other states to undergo the COVID-19 test at Hyderabad Airport.

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