COVID-19: Kerala reports 45 new Omicron cases as night curfew ends

Among the 107 cases detected so far, 50 came from high risk countries, 84 from other nations and 18 were infected locally.

Published: 02nd January 2022 09:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd January 2022 01:30 AM   |  A+A-

A health worker takes swab sample for COVID-19 test, amid concern over rising Omicron cases

A health worker takes swab sample for COVID-19 test, amid concern over rising Omicron cases (File photo| Shekhar Yadav/EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sunday marked the end of the four-day night curfew imposed by the state government on December 30 in view of the rise in Omicron cases. However, the day also saw Kerala's Omicron tally cross the 150-mark as 45 more persons tested positive for the highly contagious COVID variant.

Now, all eyes are on the COVID review meet to be chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan this week as it will take a call on enforcing any fresh curbs. The newly-detected Omicron cases were from Ernakulam (16), Thiruvananthapuram (9), Thrissur (6), Pathanamthitta (5), Alappuzha (3), Kozhikode (3), Malappuram (2) and Wayanad (1). Of them, nine persons came from high-risk countries and 32 from other nations, while four were infected locally.

In view of the rise in Omicron cases, Health Minister Veena George has urged the people to maintain extreme vigil, wear N95 mask in public and not to lower it while speaking. The curfew from December 30 to January 2 had restricted people’s movement between 10pm and 5am.

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