Headlines: Night Curfew Imposed in UP From Dec 25 Amid Omicron Threat
Night Curfew Imposed in UP From Dec 25 Amid Omicron Threat
On Friday, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, announced night curfew in UP from 11 pm-5 am effective from tomorrow, i.e. 25th December 2021. The step has been taken by the Uttar Pradesh government as a precautionary measure against the new covid-19 variant, Omicron. In addition to the night curfew, the state government also announced other restrictions like permitting the limit of only 200 people in weddings or any other social gathering. So far, Uttar Pradesh has reported only 2 Omicron cases, and both patients have been treated and discharged. After Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh is the second state to impose a night curfew amid rising Omicron threat. Meanwhile, the centre has already notified states to activate war rooms, extensive testing, regulate gatherings and impose night curfews, if necessary.
Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 6,650 New Covid-19 Cases; Total Omicron Cases At 358
According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 6,650 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 77,516. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 7,051 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries currently stand at 3,42,15,977. The daily and weekly positivity rate stands at 0.57% and 0.59%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 66.98 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 140.31 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive. The union health ministry also released the statewise status of Omicron cases in India. The total tally of Omicron cases has reached 358, with Maharashtra and Delhi recording the most number of Omicron cases.
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Allahabad High Court Asks PM to Consider Postponing UP Polls
As India’s Omicron tally is increasing day by day, the Allahabad High Court has requested the Election Commission of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider postponing the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls. The UP polls are scheduled to be held in February next year, but the Allahabad HC has asked ECI and the PM to postpone it by a month or two in view of the Omicron threat. While observing that the court was very crowded, Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav said: “Jaan hai toh jahan hai. If possible, consider postponing the election because rallies and meetings can be held later when we all survive,” Justice Yadav also mentioned the past West Bengal elections during the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic and said: “The third wave is knocking at our door. We have seen the devastation in the second wave. A large number of people were infected during the panchayat polls and West Bengal elections. Now the UP elections are round the corner. Parties are holding rallies attended by lakhs of people where it’s impossible to follow covid protocol. If it’s not stopped in time, the results will be more devastating than the second wave,”
Omicron Threat: Centre To Conduct Study On Need For Booster Doses Against Covid-19
Amid rising cases of the Omicron variant, the central government has launched a study to assess the need for covid-19 vaccine booster shots. The multi-centre study aims to cover over 3,000 participants who have received their second dose of vaccines 6 months ago. The study is being headed by the Department of Biotechnology’s premier institute, Transnational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI). The new Omicron variant is creating havoc in the country, and the government is planning to introduce booster shots that will help restore vaccine effectiveness. However, it is still not clear if the vaccine immunity has started waning or if there is any requirement for booster shots. Speaking about the study, a senior official said: “It is an academic study where the idea is to understand the duration of immunity in the real-world scenario. Blood samples have been drawn to assess the cell-mediated immunity,” “We will analyse the T and B cell response and antibodies, and what is the protection level after six months of receiving the second dose. This will enhance our understanding on the requirement of booster doses in India,” added the official.
Ludhiana Court Blast: High-Grade Explosives Used, NSG Working On Several Leads
On Thursday afternoon, a blast took place at the Ludhiana Court Complex, which led to the death of one person while leaving five injured. After the preliminary analysis of the forensic team and the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, the officials said: “a fairly good quantity of high-grade explosives had been used.” A source added: “High-grade explosives are usually PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate) or RDX (Royal Demolition eXplosive). The next couple of hours are crucial as final tests will ascertain the exact make of the bomb and confirm if shrapnels, etc. had been used,” The explosion took place at a washroom located on the second floor of the complex around 12:22 pm. Meanwhile, sources have said that the victim is yet to be identified.
83 Film: Deepika Padukone Says 83 Is An Emotion That Words Can’t Describe
The cricket drama film 83, based on the terrific win of the 1983 world cup, is receiving much love from the critics, and co-producer Deepika Padukone is more than happy with 83’s success. Recently, in an Instagram story, the actor describes what 83 film means to her. Deepika said: “It’s incredible, and this is how I define ’83’. For me, ’83’ is not a film; it’s an emotion. It’s an experience. I don’t think you can define what you feel when you come out of the cinema halls watching this film,” “They (the audience) are laughing with joy, they are crying, they are speechless. I don’t think anyone’s really being able to articulate what they feel or what this movie makes you feel when you come out of the theatres,” added Deepika, who is also essaying the role of Romi Dev, wife of Kapil Dev in the film. The 83 film has been released today and has received a great response at the box office.
Ganapath Motion Poster Out: Tiger Shroff’s Chiselled Body Creates The Oomph Effect
Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff took to Instagram to share the first motion poster of his upcoming film Ganapath. The actor looks nothing short of a martial arts artist with his bare-chest and chiselled body look. In the poster, Tiger is wearing black leather pants and standing against the cityscape, looking deep into the camera. Sharing the poster, Tiger wrote: “Taiyyar Rehnaa !!! God ke Aashirwad Se Janta ko Milne Aa Rela Hai #Ganapath. Next Christmas in cinemas near you! #23rdDecember #1YearToGanapath.” Currently, the team of Ganapath: Part One is busy wrapping the last schedule of the film in London. Directed by Vikas Behl, Ganapath: Part One will mark the reunion of Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon, who debuted together in the industry with the 2014 film Heropanti.