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Omicron Scare: "Need to take decisions at national level to curb the impact," Ajit Pawar

The Maharashtra government has put curbs on those passengers arriving from - South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe - as they are categorised as high-risk countries.

Omicron Scare: "Need to take decisions at national level to curb the impact," Ajit Pawar
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Amid a rise in the Omicron cases, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Pune guardian minister Ajit Pawar said that the Centre should adopt a strict approach towards international passengers coming into various states.

He also mentioned the need to take a decision at the national level on whether a booster dose of the vaccine is required to curb the pandemic. This comes as those who had taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had also got infected with the Omicron variant.

Pawar made these remarks after paying tribute to legendary social reformer Babasaheb Ambedkar at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar, Mumbai.

Of the seven Omicron cases, six patients are from Pimpri-Chinchwad and belong to one family. Three of the six returned from Lagos, Nigeria, on November 24.

Pawar also noted that the state government is closely monitoring the situation. However, the Central government should adopt strict norms to be followed at international airport towards patients who are coming from abroad across various states.

At present, among all the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of new strain with 10 being detected so far.

Maharashtra had imposed additional restrictions on passengers coming to the state from “at-risk countries” and domestic passengers as well. Later, after the Union Ministry issued a letter asking the state government to revise its norms as per the Central government norms. Therefore, the Maharashtra government has put curbs on those passengers arriving from - South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe - as they are categorised as high-risk countries.

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