Omicron variant LIVE Updates: India has recorded more than 270 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus across 16 states and UTs so far out of which nearly 104 people have recovered or migrated, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. Maharashtra has recorded the maximum 65 cases of the Omicron variant followed by Delhi at 64, Tamil Nadu 34, Telangana 24, Karnataka 19, Rajasthan 21 and Kerala 15. The new variant has raised concerns of the Health authorities, prompting the government to tighten the rules. The government has asked people to follow the Covid protocols and avoid going to crowded places. A number of states enhanced surveillance to trace, track and quarantine contacts of COVID-19 positive persons. In Delhi, the government has begun genome sequencing of samples of all infected people and has prohibited Christmas and New Year gatherings. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed district magistrates to ensure no Christmas and New Year gathering takes place in the national capital. Haryana also has imposed some curbs in public places from January 1. The Karnataka government has directed district authorities and health officials to enhance surveillance and designate contact tracers and quarantine observers to curb the spread. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a review meeting on the prevailing pandemic situation in the country today evening with top officials.