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Omicron scare: Centre writes to States, UTs amidst rising cases, says activate war rooms, consider night curfews

After the second wave, the world is dreaded by the possible third wave of coronavirus. Recently, there has been surge in the number of Omicron cases in the world, and India has so far reported 213 cases of Omicron, at the time of writing this article.

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After the second wave, the world is dreaded by the possible third wave of coronavirus. Recently, there has been surge in the number of Omicron cases in the world, and India has so far reported 213 cases of Omicron, at the time of writing this article. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote a letter to states following the surge of Omicron cases in India. The letter advised states and union territories to implement various strategic interventions for containment of Omicron cases in India. Some of these strategies are night curfews, limiting the number of weddings and funerals, increase in testing and surveillance and night curfew.

Key points of Centre’s letter to states and union territories:

  1. The Centre asked the states and union territories to follow stringent containment plans at district as well as local levels.
  2. Constant updates in data regarding active cases, deaths, hospitals and enforcement of necessary precautions to be taken at the district level. This data will ensure effective decision at micro levels.
  3. Containment and buffer zones should be created and notified about, in case numbers of cases start to cluster. All guidelines should be followed strictly and without delay, all cluster samples must be transferred to INSACOG Labs for Genome Sequencing.
  4. The major aspects of the framework to be utilised by states and union territories to help decision making at the district level and that test positivity of 10 per cent or more in the last one week or bed occupancy of 40 per cent or more on oxygen supported or ICU beds
  5. The current scientific evidence suggests that Omicron, the variant of concern, is at least three times more likely to transmit than the Delta variant. Hence, At the local and district levels, even more foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision making, and stringent and rapid containment measures are necessary. At the state, UT, and district levels, decision-making must be swift and focused.
  6. Better containment, testing, tracking, monitoring, and clinical management.  
  7. States and Union Territories should ensure door-to-door daily searches, testing of all SARI/ILI and vulnerable/co-morbid persons, and the appropriate percentage of RT PCR tests in total tests.
  8. Utilising the Air Suvidha Portal by State Surveillance Officers (SSOS) and District Surveillance Officers (DSOS) to monitor foreign passengers who have landed in their states and districts.
  9. States and union territories have been asked to increase bed capacity, as well as other logistics such as ambulances, a mechanism for seamless patient shifting, availability and operational readiness of oxygen equipment, and a drug buffer stock to be ensured through prompt use of the central government’s Emergency COVID Response Package (ECRP-II) funds and other available resources.

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The latest data from the Centre and the states suggests that India has crossed the 200-mark of Omicron cases in India. With confirmed first cases in Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha on Tuesday, India now has confirmed a total of 213 active Omicron cases. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India has reported 6,317 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The total death count has reached 4,78,325 with 318 deaths in the past 24 hours. Today’s tally of fatalities has increased significantly. The number of active cases in the country is fewer than 1% of all cases, with the current figure of 0.24 percent being the lowest since March of last year.

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Hyderabad police arrested 2 Muslim women for vandalizing holy idols after probe accused understood to suffer from mental illnesses

The brother of the sisters, Asimduddin, told the police that his sister take treatment and have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The brother, while talking to the media also extended his apology on behalf of the sisters for the damage they had caused.

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According to reports, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday held a protest outside the police station in Hyderabad after being infuriated by the actions of 2 women who vandalized Hindu idols. Hyderabad Police on Tuesday arrested two Muslim women for allegedly vandalizing and causing destruction to Mother Mary and Goddess Durga’s idols.

The two women, who turned out to be sisters, on CCTV can be seen entering goddess Durga’s pandal right before vandalizing the idol. A similar incident transpired when they were wearing burqas and caused destruction to Mother Mary’s statue in the City’s Khairatbad area. The two sisters then were taken to the police station on Tuesday morning where the police tried to interrogate them.

The police, in their interrogation, learned that the women were unable to answer properly and it took them a while to understand the situation. The police further went to the homes of the sisters to probe further, however, after reaching the residence of the two sisters, the police found out that the parents also suffer from issues regarding mental illness.

The police asked the neighbors in and around the area about the mental state of the sisters and the ones who knew them checked out the mental illness angle and added that the family has been suffering from mental illness for the last 3 to 4 years.

The Deputy Chief Commissioner of Hyderabad Police, MR Chandra told the media that one of the women threatened whoever stopped them from using a tool kit spanner. Chandra also added in his statement that the women were found to be mentally ill and told the media that both the women take treatment.

The brother of the sisters, Asimduddin, told the police that his sister take treatment and have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The brother, while talking to the media also extended his apology on behalf of the sisters for the damage they had caused.

The police have, however, registered a case under 153-A, 295, 295-A, 451, 504 r/w 34 IPC. Furthermore, The two women have been sent to a mental hospital for their assessment. The women will be produced with their assessment copies as well as the FIRs to the court.

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Madhya Pradesh man rapes daughter, then sells her and his son, who wants his father hanged to death

The girl told the media that her family sold her for Rs 60,000 to a 50-year-old clerk and his brother to another family for Rs 6,000.

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Madhya Pradesh: Man rapes daughter and then sells her and his son, former wants his father to be hanged to death | WATCH

A monstrous incident of a drunk man allegedly raping his daughter and then selling her to a clerk has come to light in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur area. According to the reports, the victim was forced to stay with the clerk as his wife. The police have arrested the father and have initiated a probe into this matter.

The girl, identified as Kishori, told the media that her family, including her father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, and paternal aunt, sold her for Rs 60,000 to a 50-year-old clerk and his brother to another family for Rs 6,000. Reportedly, the 16-year-old used to work at brick kilns as a clerk’s wife in Hamirpur.

When asked how she escaped the trap, Kishori revealed to the media that she had discreetly obtained his maternal uncle’s phone number from his father and told him about the whole scenario.

Her maternal uncle then filed a complaint at the Maudaha Police Station on September 24 and brought the victim back home. As per the reports, the girl, in a statement, alleged that her father used to drink and then rape her. She even informed her mother about this, but she asked her to ignore it.

Kishori added that her father had threatened to kill her if she went ahead and filed a complaint against him. She then claimed that her father had sold her to a clerk. Kishori also said that she wants her father to be hanged to death.

Furthermore, her brother also told the media that he was sold to a family for Rs 6,000, where he used to go every day for donkey grazing.

The case has been registered at the Kotwali Nagar Police Station and has nabbed the man. Speaking about this matter, in-charge Shyam Babu Shukla told the media that the case is from two different villages. She said they would lodge the complaint as soon as they received the application from both villages.

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Viral: UP doctor tells family of deceased to birth another child, family accuses doctor of being late for treatment, internet enraged | Watch

The mother, who also spoke to the media, informed that when her daughter was taken to the hospital, no doctor was there to look at her or treat her. According to the family of the deceased, when they arrived with their sick daughter at the government hospital, no doctor was present to treat or monitor the patient.

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UP doctor tells family of deceased to birth another child

A viral video has emerged from UP’s Barbanki district where a doctor can be seen asking the family who had just lost their daughter to birth to another daughter. The family of the deceased has accused the doctor of not arriving on time due otherwise their daughter would have been alive.

In the video, the doctor can be seen stating that if a child dies, one has to birth another one to complete everything. After the doctor’s statement, the man making the video can be asking if this is a manufacturing machine and further remarked about his repartee being uncouth and distasteful.

The video has been making rounds on the internet as many users were enraged by the remarks of the doctor in the video. One Twitter user wittily tried to show the gravity of the situation to the doctor by asking him if someone amputates both of his arms, will he be able to fix it, implying how losing a child is like losing a hand.

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Another Twitter user also added to the conversation by asking if these types of doctors are the embodiment of gods, directing at the phrase of doctors being the embodiment of gods.

The mother, who also spoke to the media, informed that when her daughter was taken to the hospital, no doctor was there to look at her or treat her. According to the family of the deceased, when they arrived with their sick daughter at the government hospital, no doctor was present to treat or monitor the patient.

The family further added that the doctor arrived much later, even though the family had requested to call the doctor, subsequently the condition of their daughter deteriorated and reached a critical level, after which the doctor arrived and treated her. However, the doctor was not able to save the daughter as she succumbed to her critical condition.

A video of a similar nature went viral from UP’s Kanpur where a sick woman was forced to travel by rikshaw due to the lack of ambulance services. In the video, an elderly woman can be seen sitting in a rickshaw where a drip tube is inserted in her hand. The drip bottle is tied and attached to the upper part of the rickshaw which allows the medicine to pour into the tube and get into the veins of the patient.

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