Mumbai Live News: Maharashtra reported 207 new cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of such patients through the state to 1,216, an official statement said. Sangli reported 57 cases of the Omicron variant, followed by 40 in Mumbai, 22 in Pune city, 21 in Nagpur, 15 in Pimpri Chinchwad, 12 in Thane city, 8 in Kolhapur, 6 in Amravati and 5 in Osmanabad. Buldhana and Akola each added four such chests, Gondia 3, while Nandurbar, Satara and Gadchiroli added 2 Omicron chests. Aurangabad, Latur, Jalna and Mira Bhayander each added one case, PTI news agency reported. Of a total of 1,216 cases so far, 454 have been dismissed after the negative test report.
44,388 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Maharashtra on Sunday. The state also recorded 12 related deaths. Meanwhile, Mumbai registered 19,474 new Covid infections and seven related deaths on Sunday. The city had registered 20,318 new cases of Covid-19 and five deaths on Saturday.
Maharashtra’s government on Sunday revised Covid-19-related restrictions on gyms and beauty salons, allowing them to operate at 50 percent capacity from midnight on Jan. 10. On Saturday, the government had said gyms and beauty salons will remain closed, while hair salons will operate at 50 percent of their capacity. On Sunday, the order was revised and the beauty salons were grouped at the hair salons. Only those activities for which no one has to take off the mask are allowed. Only fully vaccinated people should be allowed to use these services, and all personnel involved in the surgery must be fully vaccinated, the revised order said. Gyms are also allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, subject to the use of a mask while performing an activity, the order said.
Due to the tightening of restrictions in the face of rising Covid-19 cases, the state government banned movement in public in groups of five or more from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, effective Jan. 10. midnight. Furthermore, no movement in public is allowed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for essential services, the government circular said. Schools and colleges will be closed until February 15, except for activities to be undertaken for 10th and 12th grade students and for teacher administrative activities. Shopping centers and market complexes must operate at 50 percent capacity and remain closed between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Restaurants should also operate at 50 percent capacity and allow only fully vaccinated individuals.
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