Coronavirus News: The number of Omicron cases in India rose to 415 in the last 24 hours. In terms of total coronavirus cases, India recorded 7,189 new infections and 387 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday announced extension of India’s vaccination programme to teenagers aged between 15 and 18 while also rolling out a precautionary dose of vaccination for healthcare and frontline workers as well as those above the age of 60 with comorbidities. Addressing the nation at 9.45 pm, the PM said the vaccines will start rolling out for teenagers from January 3 while the booster shots will be available from Jaunty 10. Interestingly, the PM did not use the term booster shots and preferred to call them precaution doses.
With Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) directing district magistrates to ensure that no Christmas and New Year gatherings take place in the city, the Christian community in the national capital celebrated Christmas on Saturday with caution as fewer people reached churches amid concern over the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
Even as the DDMA clarified on Thursday that religious places will remain open on Christmas and New Year’s Eve for celebrations and prayers subject to strict compliance of Covid-appropriate behaviour, confusion regarding the directive kept most people away from churches during midnight mass too.