The state also reported 207 new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the overall tally of such patients to 1,216, an official statement said. Sangli reported 57 cases of the Omicron variant, followed by 40 in Mumbai, 22 in Pune city, 21 in Nagpur, 15 in Pimpri Chinchwad, 12 in Thane city, 8 in Kolhapur, 6 in Amravati, and 5 in Osmanabad. Buldhana and Akola each added four such cases, Gondia 3, while Nandurbar, Satara, and Gadchiroli added 2 Omicron cases. Aurangabad, Latur, Jalna, and Mira Bhayander added one case each, news agency PTI reported. Of the total 1,216 cases so far, 454 have been discharged after the negative test report.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Sunday revised the Covid-19-related restrictions for gyms and beauty salons, allowing them to operate at 50 per cent capacity from January 10 midnight. On Saturday, the government had said gyms and beauty salons will remain closed, while hair cutting salons will function at 50 per cent capacity. The order was revised on Sunday and the beauty salons were grouped with the hair cutting salons. Only those activities that do not require removal of mask by anyone shall be allowed. Only fully vaccinated people shall be allowed to use these services and all staff engaged in operation shall be fully vaccinated, the revised order said. Also, gyms will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity subject to use of mask while performing any activity, the order said.
While Covid-19 cases are rising in Pune district once again, the severity of infections and the rate of hospitalisation were lower compared to previous waves of the infection, said Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao on Saturday. Rao was speaking after meeting representatives of local industries in Pune. The city’s hospitals are bracing for an eventual surge in admissions. As cases have risen rapidly in the last one week, hospitals have already begun to see an uptick in admissions.