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Large gatherings ban for 48 hours and Sec 144 imposed in Mumbai

Large gatherings ban for 48 hours and Sec 144 imposed in Mumbai

At rising cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Mumbai Police on Friday imposed prohibit orders in the city for 48 hours, banning large gatherings over the weekend.

A police official, cited by the PTI news agency, said the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) within the Mumbai Commissionerate limits also restrict protest marches and rallies involving people and vehicles for the next two days.

The orders, issued by the deputy commissioner of police (operations) in Mumbai, were necessary, according to the police, because of the threat posed by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which is said to be highly infectious and capable of undergoing frequent mutations. The restrictive orders also came against the backdrop of violent protests in Amravati and other regions in Maharashtra last week.

A senior police official was quoted as saying by PTI.

"It has been issued to prevent risk to human life from new Omicron variants of Covid-19 as well as a threat to law and order situation against the backdrop of violence that took place in Amravati, Malegaon, and Nanded,"

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According to the prohibitory orders issued in Mumbai, violators will be punished under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other legal provisions.

Maharashtra reported 695 fresh Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths in the past 24 hours. With the new infections, Maharashtra's caseload rose to 66,42,372, including 6,534 active patients.

As per the state health department report, the tally of Omicron variant infections found in the state also increased to 17. The National Institute of Virology report showed seven new Omicron cases had been reported in Maharashtra—three in Mumbai and four in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation in the Pune district.

The three new patients from Mumbai were all men, aged 48, 25, and 37 years with a recent travel history to the UK, Tanzania, and South Africa, respectively.

Meanwhile, India's Omicron tally stands at 32 as per the latest update. In Maharashtra, 17 cases have been reported, nine patients in Rajasthan, while Gujarat, Karnataka, and Delhi have reported three, two, and one patient, respectively.

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