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Latest live news, December 28, 2021: This LIVE blog brings you the latest news from upcoming polls, details on the Covid Omicron variant and other news around.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kanpur today and inaugurate the completed section of the Kanpur Rail Metro Project as well as the Bina-Panki Multi-Product Pipeline Project.

The total length of the Metro Rail project in Kanpur is 32 km and is being built at a cost of over Rs 11,000 crore, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has informed.

According to the official statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the completed section of the Kanpur metro rail project around 1:30 p.m. During the program, the Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Bina-Panki multi-product pipeline project.

The electoral commission on Monday called on the government to speed up the COVID-19 vaccination program in five poll-related states during a meeting with the Union’s Health Secretary, amid reports that the poll could take place on time.

Separately, the Union Health Ministry released a statement later today, saying the Center has reviewed public health response measures and immunization status with the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.

The ministry advised to step up immunization of all eligible population through a weekly district plan with daily review, the statement said.

During its meeting with Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, the Committee noted that the percentage of people who received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine was even lower in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Manipur, while it was close to 100% in Uttarakhand and Goa.

Twelve more cases of Omicron have been reported in Telangana, bringing the total number of cases of the novel variant coronavirus in the state to 55, the health department said on Monday.

Of the 12 cases, 10 were passengers arriving at the international airport from countries other than those declared “at risk” by the Center, while two were contacts of patients who tested positive for the variant earlier, he said. he indicated in a bulletin.

According to the bulletin, 10 of the 55 recovered from the infection.

He said 19 samples are expected regarding their Omicron status.