Chennai Police restricts New Year's celebrations in public places, 45 Omicron cases detected

Tamil Nadu government has doubled COVID-19 tests in the state. Total 23,000 tests were conducted in Chennai on Tuesday. 

Chennai Police restricts New Year's celebrations in public places, 45 Omicron cases detected
Tamil Nadu Health Minister Subramanian.Ma visiting inspect Ashok Nagar COVID containment zone

Chennai: Chennai Police has put restrictions on New Year's celebrations in hotels and public places in the wake of rising cases of new coronavirus variant Omicron. On 31st December, CM MK Stalin will hold a review meeting on the COVID19 situation in the State.

Marina Beach, Elliots Beach, Neelankarai, and East Coast Road are out of bounds for people. Also, vehicles will not be allowed on Marina Beach, from War Memorial to Gandhi Statue, Kamaraj Road and Besant Nagar Elliots Beach Road from 9 pm onwards. 

Tamil Nadu government has doubled COVID-19 tests in the state. Total 23,000 tests were conducted in Chennai on Tuesday. 

"Chennai is showing an increasing trend in the Covid cases, tests have also been doubled. We are looking at focussed localised containment. We need to ensure that the spread gets prevented",  J Radhakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary told news agency ANI. 

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Till now, 45 people detected Omicron positive in Tamil Nadu. All these patients are asymptomatic and had received both doses of the COVID19 vaccine, according to the state health department.

Early this week, the Karnataka Government also announced fresh Covid restrictions for New Year's celebrations. The government has directed the restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs to operate with 50 per cent seating capacity from 30 December to 2 January. All gatherings, meeting conferences, including marriages from 28 December should strictly limit the number of participants to 300 people only.