New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director-general Balram Bhargava has asked citizens to avoid non-essential travel and mass gatherings. The body has asked to observe low-intensity festivals like Christmas and New Year.
Addressing the press brief on Omicron of 17th December, the body asked state governments for “local restrictive measures” to be implemented in 24 districts in seven states, where the weekly test positivity rate is above 5 percent. This includes 9 districts from Kerala and 8 from Manipur.
The cases of Omicron have crossed 100 in India. around 113 cases of Omicron have been detected so far, with the sharpest daily spike recorded yesterday: 12 in Delhi, eight in Maharashtra, and two each in Gujarat, Telangana, and Kerala. The Government is scared as daily new heavy caseloads can overwhelm hospitals again. Whereas, it also says deaths won’t be an issue if the third wave occurs but heavy caseload will create ruckus in hospitals.
Bhargava added, Efforts should also be made to ensure contact tracing, quarantine, and containment zones to control the pandemic and it is the responsibility of the states and districts to contain them and put in place measures of surveillance and containment and investigate whether it is a new variant.