654 new cases of Covid in Gujarat; Omicron’s tally exceeds 100

Gujarat reported 654 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, nearly half of them in the city of Ahmedabad, to 311. The state also reported 16 new cases of Omicron, bringing the total of the new variant to 113.

Meanwhile, the state’s Home Office has warned of prosecution of those violating Covid protocols of masking, social distancing and banning spitting in public spaces. The order, issued by the additional secretary of the Interior Ministry, Nikhil Bhatt, stipulated that wearing a face cover was compulsory in public places, at work and during transport. He also enforced social distancing with a minimum distance of six feet in public places. Stores will have to ensure physical distancing between customers, and spitting in public places will be subject to a fine in accordance with applicable regulations. Police commissioners and district magistrates have been tasked with issuing notifications under Article 144 of the CrPC to this effect. Violation of the protocols will result in charges under the Gujarat Epidemic Disease Regulation COVID19, 2020, IPC Section 188 and under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act.

The General Administration Department also issued a resolution notifying that only visitors who have been vaccinated with both doses of a Covid vaccine will be issued an admission pass to enter government offices on the premises. of the Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha. Similar restrictions will apply to all government and quasi-government offices, institutions receiving government grants, offices of government boards and corporations, and local self-governing bodies.

The mandate comes into effect on January 1, according to the resolution.

Data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the weekly test positivity rate of districts across India shows four districts – Ahmedabad (2.72%), Vadodara (1.56%), Rajkot ( 1.28%) and Kheda (1.19%) – with test positivity rates between one and three percent for the week between December 24 and 30. It comes even as Gujarat’s Health Minister Rushikesh Patel during a press briefing on Thursday said the state’s test positivity rate between December 1 and December 30 is 0.79. %. – below the 1% threshold.

All four districts reported the highest test positivity rate in the state and are seeing an increase in the weekly test positivity rate. Meanwhile, Bharuch (75 percent), Junagadh (49 percent), and Banaskantha (68 percent) are the only three districts in the state where nearly 50 percent or more of the total tests performed are rapid tests. antigen.

Of the 16 new cases of Omicron detected, only seven have a history of international travel.

Meanwhile, the city of Vadodara reported its first case of Omicron on Friday in a 45-year-old woman from the Gokulnagar region. Although she has no history of international travel, she was in Ahmedabad between December 13 and 16 and tested positive for Covid on December 18. his case.

In Junagadh, a 54-year-old man who arrived from Nairobi and tested positive upon arrival in Ahmedabad was detected with the Omicron variant.

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