Assam imposes nighttime curfew, fines for violating Covid guidelines; Italy and France report biggest one-day jump in cases

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The state has reported 1,648 new cases, 918 recoveries and 17 deaths in the past 24 hours. Active cases 9,813.

In light of the increase in cases of Covid-19 and Omicron infections in the country, the government of Assam on Saturday released new guidelines for the New Year’s celebration and imposed a nighttime curfew from Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. until further notice. However, it will not be applicable on the night of December 31st. The government has urged all people to maintain appropriate behavior at Covid, including wearing face masks, adding that fines will be imposed and legal action taken against anyone who fails to do so.

Seven new cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in Karnataka, bringing the total number of cases to 38, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Saturday. According to him, the people who tested positive were: a 76-year-old man from Bangalore who had traveled from Delhi, a 30-year-old woman from Bangalore, who came from the United Arab Emirates, a 63-year-old man from Bangalore who arrived from Zambia and a 54 year old man from Bengaluru, who was a primary contact for a traveler from the UK.

An intern from Kolkata Medical College tested positive for Omicron, bringing the total number of people infected with the new variant of the coronavirus to six, a senior health department official said. With the exception of the medical intern, the others have a history of travel abroad.

21 new cases of Omicron have been detected in Rajasthan, bringing the number of people infected with the new variant of the coronavirus to 43, officials said on Saturday.

Maharashtra, meanwhile, has reported two new cases of Omicron.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 15 to 18 would start from January 3, while the “precautionary dose” for healthcare and frontline workers would be administered from January 10, decisions that come in a context of increasing cases of Covid. linked to the Omicron variant of the virus. In an address to the nation, he said the precautionary dose will also be available for citizens over 60 and with co-morbidities on the advice of their doctor from January 10 next year as well.

The precautionary dose refers to a third dose of the vaccine for people who have been fully vaccinated, but Modi refrained from using the term “booster dose” as it is commonly referred to.

India’s Comptroller General of Medicines (DCGI) has granted emergency use authorization for Bharat Biotech’s locally developed Covaxin for children over 12 under certain conditions, an official said on Saturday. This is the second vaccine to receive regulatory approval for use in under-18s following Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D needle-free COVID-19 vaccine.

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