Maharashtra reports spike in Omicron cases  |  Photo Credit: PTI
Mumbai: Alarm bells started ringing in Mantralaya after Maharashtra recorded 23 fresh cases of Omicron, the highest spike of Omicron so far. With this, Maharashtra’s Omicron tally has risen to 88, besides an increase in COVID19 infections.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held an emergency meeting to review the state government’s preparedness to deal with the Omicron scare in Maharashtra and the state government is slated to issue a detailed guideline on Friday to avoid crowding in wedding ceremonies, hotels and restaurants during Christmas and New Year
“Maharashtra reports 23 fresh cases of Omicron variant; tally reaches 88,” the state Health Department said on Thursday.
“In view of rising numbers of COVID19 and Omicron cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold a meeting with the COVID-19 Task Force today at 10 pm via video conferencing,” Public Relations Room (Chief Minister’s Secretariat) said earlier today.
13 Omicron cases in Pune, five Omicron cases in Mumbai
According to agency reports, of these 23 new Omicron cases in Maharashtra, 13 have been reported in Pune, five Omicron cases have been reported in Mumbai, two in Osmanabad and one each in Thane, Nagpur and Mira districts.
Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) reported 22 of these fresh Omicron cases in Maharashtra while one was reported by the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. With the increase in Omicron cases across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a review meeting in New Delhi a while ago. Earlier today, the Centre issued guidelines to states to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.
In an advisory, the Centre asked state and Union Territories to step up vaccination efforts and increase containment zones to arrest the spread of Omicron/ COVId-19.