Banna: No new curbs for Christmas, New Year in Jharkhand, demands booster doses

Ranchi: Even as Delhi announced ban on Christmas and New Year gatherings amid Omicron scare, nothing of this sort will be enforced in Jharkhand. State health minister Banna Gupta, who is also in-charge of the state disaster management department, on Wednesday said that their government isn’t thinking on enforcing any fresh curbs in view of Christmas or New Year stating that the situation of covid-19 in the state is very much under control.

Reacting to the latest advisory from government of India to all states over the concerns of Omicron, the latest variant of Sars-Cov2, in which it advised states to consider imposing night curfew, regulate crowding situation among others, Gupta said that the Centre must focus on effective covid-19 management and booster does than arbitrarily issuing advisories.

Speaking to reporters outside Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha, he said, “When covid’s first wave was knocking, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted Namaste Trump leading to massive spread. Ahead of second dose too, we have seen how mismanagement by the Centre pushed country into chaos. Currently, Omicron hasn’t yet emerged as threat proportion in our country. Hence, he must focus on providing booster doses on priority basis, vaccinating people below 18 and improving health facilities in the country on war footing rather than trying to politicalise every situation. In Jharkhand, we aren’t planning any new curbs or regulations for Christmas or New Year but are vigilant over the situation.”