MP Govt Imposes Night Curfew Amid Omicron Threat


Bhopal: In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Madhya Pradesh government imposed night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am beginning Thursday till further orders.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who announced this in a video message on Twitter, said further steps will be taken if required.

He asserted it is high time that all remain alert with regard to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

“Omicron is spreading at a rapid pace. Around one lakh cases are reported in England every day, around 2.5 lakh cases are coming up every day in the United States as well,” he said.

Chouhan urged the people to take all precautions to ensure the Covid third wave does not strike and there is no surge in further cases.

The Chief Minister urged the people of the state to wear masks and maintain social distancing while ensuring to get Covid vaccination at the earliest.

“We cannot forget the problems faced during the second wave,” he added expressing concern over the rise in cases in Indore and Bhopal.

More than 10 crore vaccine doses against Covid-19 have so far been administered in Madhya Pradesh.

The state has, however, so far not registered any case of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Earlier in the day, a health official said that around 14 overseas travellers, who landed at the Indore airport in the last one month, have tested positive for Covid-19.

Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr BS Saitya said that 2,100 of the 3,300 persons, who flew to Indore from foreign countries via different airports in the country in the last one month, were screened.

He further said that 14 of them tested positive for the viral infection and added their samples have been sent for genome sequencing to the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to ascertain if they have contracted Omicron variant, PTI reported.

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