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Night Curfew In UP From Tomorrow (11 pm – 5 am) Amid Omicron Worry

Thirty-one new COVID-19 cases were reported across UP on Thursday - a hugely satisfactory reduction from the tens of thousands detected daily in April-May

A night curfew has been announced in Uttar Pradesh – from 11 pm to 5 am, starting today – in the midst of developing worry over the spread of the Omicron Covid variation.
In addition, UP has also announced additional restrictions – only 200 people will be permitted to attend marriages and social functions, at which all necessary Covid-safety protocols are to be followed.

Poll-bound UP becomes the second state, after Madhya Pradesh, to impose night-time restrictions.

Recently Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan said a night curfew in time of 11 pm to 5 am would be upheld taking effect right now. The state hasn’t yet recorded an Omicron Covid case.

The Uttar Pradesh night curfew order also comes a day later the Allahabad High Court mentioned the Election Commission to consider deferring Assembly races due in two months.

With memories of thousands of people – not wearing face masks or practicing social distancing – at campaign rallies in Bengal and other states ahead of elections there earlier this year, the High Court also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban poll-related gatherings in the state.

31 new COVID-19 cases were recorded across UP on Thursday – a massively acceptable decrease from the several thousand identified day by day in April-May.

The state has reported two Omicron cases so far. Both patients have been treated and discharged.

Across the country, fewer than 7,500 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the previous 24 hours.

However, although the everyday numbers are low, experts are worried about the consistently expanding ‘R’ component, or proliferation rate, of the infection, which warns of a potential explosion of infections.

On Tuesday the centre, in a letter to all states and UTs, warned governments that the Omicron variant was three times more infectious than the Delta strain that led to the deadly second wave.

The centre called on states and UTs to re-activate Covid’s’ war rooms’ to better plan and coordinate testing, tracking, and containment strategies in anticipation of a new wave of COVID-19 cases.

The letter – signed by the Union Health Secretary – also listed a series of prevention and containment measures that included extensive testing, night curfew, and regulation of gatherings.

The Health Secretary also warned states and UTs to guard against the Delta variant too, noting that this strain remains present in different parts of the country.

Experts believe that the Delta variant, while not as infectious as Omicron, produces more severe symptoms and a greater need for hospitalisation and medical oxygen. The Omicron variant, first reported from South Africa last month, is regarded as more virulent but, potentially, less severe.