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Hyderabad: With India reporting first case of Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19, states and Union Territories across the country have once again tighten the norms making face mask mandatory for all. Telangana government has also announced stringent actions against those not wearing mask whenever they are stepping out.
People in Telangana have been asked to carry their COVID-19 vaccination certificate all the time and state police has been ordered slapping a fine of Rs 1,000 against those who are seen without face mask, covering their nose and mouth, in public places.
Health staff will be deployed in public places and they have been asked to check vaccination status of citizens randomly.
Doctors in Hyderabad have been urging people, who are yet to take both or either of the vaccine dose, to get the jab at the earliest. Also, they have been asking locals to wear masks even when indoors to minimise any possible threat posed by Omicron, which is designated as Variant of Concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization (WHO).
More measures are expected to be announced soon by the state government and health workers of Hyderabad keeping in view the severity of Omicron.
A report by ToI quoted Director of Public Health (DPH) Dr G Srinivasa Rao saying that at least 25 lakh people in Telangana were yet to receive their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine of which 15 lakh people are residing in the districts of Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri.
Dr Rao also said that Omicron is spreading six times faster than Delta variant and has asked people to take all the precautionary measures. He also urged people to be extra cautious while attending gatherings, events and functions.