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The Maharashtra government on Friday issued new Covid-19 guidelines in view of the surging Omicron variant cases and the upcoming holiday season. 

In its recent order, the state government said that gatherings of more than five persons in public places across Maharashtra will be prohibited from 9 pm to 6 am. 

At functions other than social, political or religious ones, the number of attendees in closed spaces should not exceed 50% of the total capacity where seats are fixed and immovable. The number of attendees shall not exceed 25% of the capacity where seats are not fixed.

At sports events, the number of people can not exceed 25% of the venue's capacity.

Gyms, spas, hotels, theatres and cinema halls can operate at a maximum of 50% capacity. 

The new guidelines, issued ahead of Christmas, will come into force from midnight.

This comes as the tally of the Omicron coronavirus variant rose to 108 on Friday with 20 cases of the new strain coming to light, officials said. As many as 54 of 108 patients have been already discharged.

According to a bulletin, 11 new cases of Omicron were reported from Mumbai, six from Pune, two from Satara and one from Ahmednagar.

Of these new patients, 15 have a history of international travel, one patient has a history of domestic travel while four others had come in close contact with them. One patient is a minor while six patients are above 60 years of age.

All new patients are asymptomatic. 

A total of 12 of these patients were fully vaccinated, seven unvaccinated and one was not eligible for vaccination (being below 18).

Mumbai has recorded 46 Omicron cases so far, including those found following screening at the Mumbai International Airport. Pimpri-Chinchwad township has reported 19 cases, Pune rural area 15 and Pune city seven. 

Since 1 December, 2021, as many as 1,63,553 international travelers came to Mumbai, including 23,933 from `at-risk' countries.

The state recorded 1,410 new coronavirus cases and 20 Omicron infections during the day. The daily Covid-19 cases went up by more than 200 compared to Thursday.

 

 

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