India: Mumbai Imposes Strict Covid Rules As Omicron Cases Surge

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On Thursday, the Mumbai Police in Maharashtra, the state of India, imposed Section 144 in the city for one week as a response to the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases.

Due to these new restrictions, New Year’s celebrations and New Year’s parties in any closed or open space, including hotels, bars, pubs, resorts and clubs will be prohibited from December 30 to January 7.

The order will enter into force in the areas under the control of the Greater Mumbai Commissioner of Police at 00:00 hours on 30th December 2021 and last until 24:00 hours on 7th January 2022, unless earlier withdrawn. Anyone who contravenes this order will be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 along with the penal provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, the National Disaster Management Act 2005, and other legal provisions whenever applicable, Chaitanya S, Deputy Commissioner of Police said.

The state health bulletin reports that Mumbai had 2,510 Covid-19 cases and one death during the past 24 hours. As of today, Mumbai has 8,060 active cases and has a 97 per cent recovery rate. Currently, 45 buildings have been sealed in the city by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

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