Monday, 17th January, 2022
Monday, 17th January, 2022

Section 144 imposed in Mumbai to prevent Omicron spread

With Maharashtra’s Omicron caseload rising steadily, Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in Mumbai on the 11th and 12th of December.

In a bid to prevent large gatherings in Mumbai, the police imposed section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) within Mumbai commissionerate limits prohibiting rallies and protest marches involving people and vehicles.

The order, issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), will be in force for 48 hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Violators will be punished under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and other legal provisions, the ordered stated.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported seven new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, including a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler – three from Mumbai and four from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation – taking the tally to 17 in the state.

Three men, aged 48, 25 and 37, are returnees from Tanzania, the UK and South Africa, respectively, while the four patients are the contacts of Nigerian women, who was infected with the new variant on December 6.

Of the seven, four are asymptomatic while three have mild symptoms.

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