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Central govt issues instructions to states to deal with Omicron

Aurangabad/UNI: In the backdrop of the spread of new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron' across the country, the central government has issued some instructions to the states and union territories.

Allow booster dose for Health Workers and other citizens: Arvind Kejriwal tells Centre over fear over Omicron

New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged the Centre to allow booster dose amid possible rise of COVID-19 cases in the country over Omicron spread.

Sensex nosedives by over 1,300 pts

Mumbai/UNI: The BSE Sensex on Monday tanked 1,365 pts at 55,645.76 as heavy selling was witnessed across the board following concerns regarding the spread of the 'Omicron' COVID-19 variant.

Chandigarh: 20-year-old international traveler tests Omicron positive

Chandigarh/UNI: A fully-vaccinated 20-year-old young man who lives in Italy and came to visit his relatives in this city became Chandigarh's first person to be identified as being Omicron variant infected.

Maharashtra: Section 144 imposed in Mumbai amid Omicron spread fear

Mumbai/UNI: Keeping in mind the spread of the 'Omicron' variant, the city police administration has imposed Section 144 of Indian Penal code (IPC) for 48 hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Commercial international flights to not resume until Jan 31: Centre amid Omicron fears

New Delhi/IBNS: The Centre on Thursday announced that regular commercial international flights will not resume till Jan 31 amid global concern over the Omicron COVID strain's spread.

Aditya Thackeray makes three suggestions to Centre on vaccination amid rise in Omicron cases

Mumbai/IBNS: Maharashtra minister Aditya Thackeray has urged the Centre to allow booster shots, narrow the vaccine gap, and bring down the cut-off age for inoculations to 15.

Tamil Nadu: No entry for unvaccinated people into hotels, malls in Madurai

Madurai/IBNS: In the wake of Omicron outbreak in India, the administration of Tamil Nadu's Madurai has announced that people, who are yet to be jabbed with anti-COVID-19 vaccine, will not be allowed to enter into hotels and malls in the city, media reports said.

No travel bans imposed by India for Omicron: MEA

New Delhi/UNI: Saying that Omicron is present in India just because two cases have been detected is wrong, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday, adding that India so far has not imposed any travel bans from any specific countries.

2 Omicron cases detected in India's Karnataka

New Delhi/IBNS: Two Omicron cases have been detected in southern state of Karnataka in India, said the Union Health Ministry today.  The two cases were of foreign nationals who recently arrived in Bengaluru. 

India delays resumption of international flights as more countries report Omicron cases

New Delhi/IBNS: Amid the growing concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Indian government has decided to defer the resumption of international flights starting December 15 and announced Wednesday that a decision will be taken later.

7-day institutional quarantine for international travellers from 'at-risk' nations in Maharashtra

Mumbai/IBNS: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced that all international passengers arriving from "at-risk" countries will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine and take RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 thrice - on the second, fourth, and seventh days after arrival, reports said.

Cost of international flights skyrocket amid Omicron scare: Report

New Delhi/IBNS: International airfares are likely to zoom at least two to three times more than what used to be before the Covid-19 pandemic depending on where a person wants to fly from Delhi, media reports said.

Up to 6 hrs wait in Delhi airport for travellers from 'at risk' countries: Report

New Delhi/IBNS: Passengers travelling from countries where Omicron has been detected may have to wait at the Delhi Airport for up to six hours while their RT-PCR tests come out, according to media reports.

Centre asks states and UTs to ramp up COVID-19 testing amid Omicron scare

New Delhi/IBNS: The central government has asked 36 states and union territories to ramp up COVID-19 testing in the backdrop of the emergence of a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, in the world, media reports said.