Headlines January 1, 2021
New Year restrictions to stay in place in Delhi today
No public gatherings will be allowed in Delhi on 1 January between 11 PM and 6 AM as the state government. The nigh curfew announced by the state government for 31 December will stay in place on the first day of the new year as well.
The centre had asked the states to consider a series of restrictions and tone down the New Year celebrations after 20 cases of the new mutant coronavirus strain were reported from different parts of India.
Traffic movement, however, will not be restricted.
The Home Ministry had urged all states to ensure strict vigil to check the spread of coronavirus. “The number of Covid 19 active cases is declining steadily in the country for the last three-and-half months. Keeping in view the fresh surge of Covid-19 cases in Europe and Americas, there is still a need for maintaining comprehensive precaution and strict surveillance within our country,” a top official has written to the states.
There were worries as New Year celebrations posed a considerable threat of the spread of the virus.
The United Kingdom, where the new mutant strain was first detected in September, has seen a massive rise in coronavirus infections in the last few weeks. Earlier this month, Britain had said the virus is “out of control”, which led to a new wave of worldwide restrictions amid pandemic.
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