In the 24 hours leading up to 9 a.m. on Sunday, India registered 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.
Fears of the new Covid strain ‘Omicron’ spreading have prompted the Mumbai civic body to impose new restrictions on international passengers landing in the city, calling for “great caution.”
International passengers travelling from or transiting through South Africa, Hong Kong, or Botswana — the three countries where Omicron has been detected — will be required to undergo mandatory RT-PCR tests at the Mumbai Airport, according to the latest guidelines issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with top Health Ministry officials on Saturday morning, when he was informed on the new version Omicron and its qualities, as well as the impact it has had in other nations and the consequences for India.
As governments initiated screening for travellers coming from outside, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Prime Minister to halt flights from nations where the new variety has been reported.
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