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Night curfew in Kerala from 10pm-5am between Dec 30 to Jan 2; no celebration to be allowed past 10pm

Kerala will have quiet New Year’s Eve celebrations this year, as the state has imposed a night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on December 30 and January 2. According to the new guidelines, no celebrations will be allowed in the state after 10 p.m. on December 31. At a Covid review meeting, the decision was made.

The new Covid rules come as coronavirus infections continue to grow amid heightened concerns about Omicron, a form of the virus that has sparked worldwide worry. Kerala recorded 1,636 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 52,24,929. So far, the state has recorded 46,822 deaths.

Beaches, retail malls, and public parks, among other sites likely to attract big crowds, would be extensively supervised by sectoral magistrates and the police under the new laws. To ensure that there are no big gatherings during the New Year’s celebrations, an additional police force will be deployed.

Kerala’s bars, hotels, clubs, and restaurants will be allowed to operate with 50% seating during this time.

In Kerala, 98 percent of the eligible population has received their first dosage of the vaccine, with 77% receiving their second.

With 79 Omicron cases, Delhi has the country’s second-highest number of infections caused by the novel coronavirus type. According to the most recent update from the Union health ministry, the national tally remained at 422. A number of states, including Karnataka, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, have enforced night curfews in response to the rise of COVID-19 infections caused by the extremely contagious Omicron strain. The Maharashtra government has enacted Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits gatherings of five or more people between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan issued a communication to states and union territories on December 21 asking them to be “proactive” and consider implementing limitations in places where the positive rate is rising. “Omicron is at least three times more transmissible than Delta,” the health secretary warned, adding that “decision-making at the state/UT and district level must be very rapid and concentrated, and containment measures and limits must be taken even before these levels are achieved.”

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