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As a result of new variant Omicron, states are beginning to reimpose restrictions

Aware of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron’s imminent threat, different governments have begun to tighten border controls and urgently locate those who have arrived from outside, particularly from ‘at risk’ countries, in the recent month. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai have asked for flights from the countries affected by the new variation to be banned.

In the wake of the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant of concern ‘Omicron,’ the government decided on Sunday to review the decision to resume scheduled commercial international passenger services, as well as the SOP on testing and surveillance of incoming passengers, particularly from countries identified as ‘at risk.’ The decisions were made at an emergency meeting led by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and attended by a number of stakeholders, according to a series of tweets from the Ministry of Home Affairs spokeswoman.

Earlier in the day, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan sent a letter to states and union territories about the Omicron strain of Covid-19, requesting that they implement intense containment and active surveillance measures, as well as increase vaccine coverage.

Meanwhile, in the 24 hours leading up to 9 a.m. on Sunday, India recorded 8,774 new coronavirus infections and 621 deaths. As a result, the country’s entire caseload increased to 3,45,72,523, with a death toll of 4,68,554. The number of active cases has dropped to 1,05,691.

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