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The central government has taken the decision to send central teams to ten states which are reeling under severe Omicron threat including Maharashtra. On the other hand, Maharashtra government has also taken a good step to issue strict guidelines for controlling Omicron infection by imposing night curfew and section one forty four. Prime minister Modi has taken a review of measures to control the virus shows how the situation has become grave in the country. As the speed of spreading Omicron virus is three times more than Delta plus variant, in just few days the number of patients has reached to more than five hundred. Festive days have returned with Christmas and new year celebrations. As Indians are more keen to mix up with friends and relatives, these festivities definitely will be associated with crowd and ultimately the spread of the virus. In such condition, such steps of night curfew were necessary. Also, the central teams would come to these ten states and keep a watch on the compliance of Corona restrictions. One positive outcome has come with two studies. The studies suggest that compared with previous variants of the corona virus, the Omicron infections more often result in mild illness, offering hope that the surge may be less disastrous than feared. Of course, still we can’t take any risk and should take precaution of superlative degree. Though early evidence suggests that fewer people need hospital treatment, the bigger concern is the sheer number of cases that could overwhelm hospitals because of the incredible rate of transmission. As our pathetic condition of hospitals, it is more dangerous that more and more people would need hospitalizing. Already, a lakh cases have been reported in a single day in the UK. The reduction in severity is considered to be a combination of the fundamental properties of the new variant as well as high levels of immunity from vaccinations and previous infections. A deeper understanding of the severity of Omicron is still being advised. Sixty percent of Indians have been vaccinated and the remaining forty percent people should be vaccinated rapidly. Though vaccination has developed immunity in Indians in more numbers, even the milder Omicron would create panic in Indians. As the number of Omicron cases in the country crosses the three fifty mark, a poignant reminder of the horrifying scenes of the second wave has come from the Allahabad High Court. The judge has been forthright in pointing to the likely contribution of panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal Assembly polls to a rise in infections that led to many Covid-19 deaths. The certainty of lakhs attending rallies without observing any Covid protocols has prompted the Bench to urge the Centre for putting a stop to political gatherings in election-bound states, and even consider putting off the UP polls. It is a tough call and there will be fierce resistance, but the Election Commission, which faced criticism for inaction earlier this year, needs to mandate lesser crowds and virtual campaigning wherever possible. As the PM has asked officials to remain alert and tasked them with ensuring fully-functional oxygen-supply equipment in states, making an exception for the elections will only encourage non-compliance elsewhere. Already, to overcome the reluctance to take the jab, stringent curbs have been announced for the unvaccinated by several states, including Punjab and Haryana. But the most important question is about the festivities and people’s festive spirit. The strict restrictions are imposed but their compliance should be followed by all. The government machinery who has the responsibility to check it should be honestly carry out their duty. The bribery will be very dangerous for entire country as more guests allowed to celebrate in the programs, the infection would spread to everywhere. The third wave would not save India but our economy would once again derail to limits of infinity. The right step should be proved fruitful.