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Haryana govt allows opening of cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes with 50 pc seating capacity

Delta variant, which drove the ferocious 2nd wave of COVID infections in April and May last year, was found in 13.70 pc of the 2,503 samples sequenced during the period.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 28, 2022 23:20 IST
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A healthworker administers a dose of Covid vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre, in Gurugram. 

 

Omicron variant: The Haryana government on Friday eased some Covid-related restrictions in the state, allowing the opening of all cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes with 50 percent seating capacity, a government order said. "All cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes are allowed to open with 50 percent seating capacity while adopting requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and Covid-19 appropriate behavioural norms," as per the order issued by the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority (HSDMA). An earlier order of the HSDMA issued on January 5 had stated that cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes shall remain closed. Friday's order also said, "Universities, colleges, schools (for classes 10 to 12), polytechnics, Industrial Training Institutes, coaching institutions, libraries, training institutes, both government and private, are allowed to open from February 1 for physical classes. Education Minister Kanwar Pal had said on Tuesday schools for classes 10 to 12 will reopen in the state from February 1. The Haryana government had earlier this month suspended physical classes in all schools amid the surge in COVID-19 cases. The educational institutions will have to adopt requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and Covid appropriate behavioural norms, the fresh order said. A night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am is already in force in the state.

 

 

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  • 9:21 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 9:21 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 8:55 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 8:53 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 8:53 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 8:53 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 8:52 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 8:36 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 7:46 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 6:41 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 6:11 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 4:50 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 3:34 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    South Korea plans to add small hospitals as COVID cases surge

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  • 2:38 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 2:29 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 1:15 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 12:58 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 12:30 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 12:05 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 12:03 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Arunachal logs 455 new COVID cases, one fresh fatality

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  • 11:52 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    COVID: India's cumulative vaccination coverage exceeds 164.44 crore

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  • 11:32 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    India reports marginal decline, logs 2.51 lakh new COVID cases

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  • 10:28 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    New Zealand reports 105 new community cases of COVID

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  • 10:09 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Thane district reports 1,245 new COVID cases, death toll goes by eight

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  • 9:54 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 8:56 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 8:36 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Mansukh Mandaviya to hold review meeting with southern states, UTs over COVID situation today

  • 8:29 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Mizoram reports 2,064 new COVID cases in last 24 hours

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  • 7:57 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Covid-19: Omicron found in 94 per cent of positive samples in Kerala, says Health Minister Veena George

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  • 7:46 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Brazil's COVID cases rise by record 228,954 cases

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  • 7:13 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Kerala witnessing Omicron wave, says Health Minister Veena George

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  • 7:10 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Justin Trudeau self-isolating due to Covid exposure

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that he has been exposed to Covid-19 and will be self-isolating for five days, following guidance from Ottawa Public Health. In a tweet on Thursday, Trudeau said he learned about the exposure on Wednesday night. Noting that he took a rapid test and the result was negative, the Prime Minister said he is feeling fine and will be working from home. Trudeau's announcement came after he wrapped up a virtual cabinet retreat, but TV showed some ministers standing alongside Trudeau during an in-person press conference on Parliament Hill Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency reported. The ministers who appeared with the Prime Minister for the event were Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, and Defence Minister Anita Anand. So far, none of these ministers have indicated they are also in isolation. Trudeau will remain in self-isolation over the weekend when the so-called "freedom convoy" of truckers is set to arrive in the nation's capital city Ottawa. Trudeau decried the "fringe" views among those who are supporting the trucker convoy making its way to Parliament Hill to protest Covid-19 vaccine mandates and other policies that they feel infringe on their freedom. "The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other, who know of that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to continue to ensure our freedoms, our rights, our values, as a country," Trudeau said Wednesday night.

  • 7:07 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Naveen Patnaik reviewed COVID situation via video conferencing

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the COVID-19 situation and its management in the state with senior government officials via video conferencing, on January 27. 

     

     

  • 7:05 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Turkey's daily COVID caseload hits new high of 82,180

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  • 7:02 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Delhi: Omicron in 79 pc of samples sequenced in January

    The Omicron variant of coronavirus has been found in 79 per cent of the samples from Delhi sequenced between January 1 and January 23, according to government data. The Delta variant, which drove the ferocious second wave of COVID-19 infections in April and May last year, was found in 13.70 per cent of the 2,503 samples sequenced during the period. The data showed that of the 863 samples sequenced between December 25 and December 31, around 50 per cent (433) carried Omicron, while 34 per cent (293) had the Delta variant. Across India, Omicron accounted for 75 per cent of the total samples sequenced in January, according to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Delhi had reported the first case of Omicron on December 5 -- a 37-year-old fully vaccinated man who had arrived from Tanzania. According to experts, mild symptoms, faster recovery and fewer fatalities typified the Omicron-driven third wave of the pandemic in the country and fewer patients needed medical care in hospitals. Also, unlike the Delta-driven second wave, Covid has not been the primary reason for most of the deaths this time.