On new year’s eve, administrations in three metro cities — Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai — and several other states including Punjab, Kerala, Gujarat, and Odisha have announced night curfews in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
With 21,822 new cases of coronavirus infections detected on Wednesday, the tally now stands at one crore and 2.66 lakh. As many as 299 deaths were reported on Wednesday. While 26,000 were declared as recovered, there are 2.57 lakh active infections. Kerala has reported 6,268 new cases, while Maharashtra detected 3,537 new infections.
The Union Health Ministry has asked all states to keep a strict vigil on New Year celebrations that could be potential Covid-19 super-spreader events and also to curb crowding as a precautionary measure during the winter season, PTI reported. In a letter to states and Union Territories, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated that the number of active Covid-19 cases has been declining steadily in the country for the last three-and-half months.
Passenger flights between the UK and India would remain suspended till January 7 and they will resume in a “strictly regulated” manner thereafter, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday. The Civil Aviation Ministry had last week suspended all flights between the European country and India from December 23 to December 31 as a mutated variant of the coronavirus was detected there. India has recorded 14 fresh cases of new coronavirus mutant strain first reported in the United Kingdom in September, taking the total number of cases to 20, news agency PTI reported. The tally includes six people who were found positive for the new virus strain on Tuesday.