Covid Third Wave in India: Mandatory quarantine for foreign arrivals and 5 updates
The Centre has announced that a 7-day quarantine is compulsory for international arrivals into the country. Meanwhile, about 10 lakh precautionary vaccine doses were given on January 10 to 60+ people and frontline workers.
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A bit of good news for India first. The country has logged 1,68,063 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is 6.5% lower than on January 10. 277 deaths have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours.
Far in the West, as per a Reuters tally, US has registered 1.1 million new Covid-19 cases on January 10, which is the highest daily total of any country in the world.
Meanwhile, a new government advisory says that contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19 need not be tested unless identified as 'high risk'. On the other hand, India's Omicron tally has reached 4,461.
1. INDIA REGISTERS 4,461 TOTAL OMICRON CASES
Here's the state and UT-wise break-up:
Maharashtra – 1,247
Rajasthan - 645
Delhi – 546
Karnataka - 479
Kerala – 350
Uttar Pradesh - 275
Gujarat - 236
Tamil Nadu – 185
Haryana - 123
Telangana – 123
Odisha - 74
Andhra Pradesh – 28
Bihar - 27
Punjab - 27
West Bengal – 27
Goa – 21
Madhya Pradesh – 10
Assam – 9
Uttarakhand - 8
Meghalaya - 5
Jammu and Kashmir - 4
Chandigarh - 3
Andaman and Nicobar Islands – 3
Puducherry – 2
Chhattisgarh - 2
Himachal Pradesh - 1
Ladakh - 1
Manipur – 1
2. MANDATORY 7-DAY QUARANTINE FOR INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS
Starting January 11, as per new guidelines, international arrivals into all states of the country will have to undergo a compulsory home quarantine for 7 days. They will have to take an RT-PCR test on the eighth day. In its new guidelines, the Centre has also updated its countries of concern. They now include: South Africa, countries in Europe including the United Kingdom; Brazil, Botswana, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Israel, Congo, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Zambia. (READ MORE HERE: Mandatory 7-day quarantine for international travellers as new arrival rules kick-in | Details)
Illustration: Seemon, DailyO
3. ALMOST 10 LAKH PRECAUTIONARY DOSES ADMINISTERED ON JANUARY 10
Centre announced that on the first day of precautionary doses being administered, 10 lakh doses have been given to those over the age of 60 with medical ailments, healthcare and frontline workers. Around 5 lakh healthcare workers, 2 lakh frontline workers, and 3 lakh over 60 years have received their precautionary dose on January 10.
Government of India: 9,84,676 'Precaution doses' of COVID vaccine administered - 5,19,604 healthcare workers, 2,01,205 frontline workers, and 2,63,867 over 60 years administered additional doses on the first day of rollout (January 10) pic.twitter.com/Ejgu0K5fOL— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2022
4. BAN ON HOLY DIPS IN HARIDWAR ON MAKAR SANKRANTI
Vinay Shankar Pandey, District Magistrate of Haridwar told ANI that the Haridwar district administration has placed a complete ban on devotees taking holy dips on Makar Sankranti which falls on January 14. Entry into the 'Har ki Pauri' area has also been restricted by the adminstration and night curfew will be imposed from 10 pm-6 am on the same day.
Uttarakhand | Haridwar district administration has put a complete ban on devotees taking holy dips on 'Makar Sankranti', 14 January. Entry at 'Har ki Pauri' area has also been restricted. Night curfew to be imposed from 10 pm- 6am on Jan 14: Vinay Shankar Pandey, DM, Haridwar pic.twitter.com/5qgTVfGRXW— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) January 11, 2022
5. DDMA: PRIVATE OFFICES AND RESTAURANTS TO BE CLOSED IN DELHI
In its revised guidelines, the District Disaster Management Authority announced on January 11 that all private offices in Delhi shall be closed other than those which fall under the exempted category. Offices will now function with the 'work from home' structure.
All private offices in Delhi shall be closed, except those which are falling under the exempted category; work from home shall be followed. All restaurants & bars shall be closed, takeaways allowed: DDMA in its revised guidelines pic.twitter.com/Or74McCXKI— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2022
The DDMA has also announced that all restaurants and bars shall be closed and only takeaways will be allowed. Previously, restaurants and bars in Delhi were operating at 50% seating capacity.