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Coronavirus India highlights: Kerala reports 19,653 new Covid cases, 152 deaths

Coronavirus India highlights: Meanwhile, fans visiting the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to witness the second half of the 14th edition of the IPL will have to show double vaccination proof.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 20, 2021 7:18:51 am
Patna: A health worker administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to beneficiaries as others wait for their turn, in Patna, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus India highlights: Kerala on Sunday reported 19,653 fresh Covid-19 cases, with a test positivity rate of over 17 per cent. It also recorded 152 deaths. With 26,711 recoveries on Sunday, the active cases in the state now stand at 1,73,631.

Meanwhile, amid a decline in the overall Covid cases, India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years, officials told PTI. First five lakh foreign tourists will be issued visas free of cost in an attempt to revive the tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was announced.

In other news, fans visiting the UAE to witness the second half of the 14th edition of the IPL will have to follow certain guidelines imposed by the BCCI with the Covid-19 pandemic in mind. As per the new regulations, fans going to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium will not require a negative RT-PCR test result, but will need double vaccination proof. 

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22:26 (IST)19 Sep 2021
UAE's central bank warns of higher risk of illicit financial flows emerging from pandemic

The United Arab Emirates central bank has said it sees increased risks of illicit financial flows emerging from the pandemic, including money-laundering and terrorism financing.

In a report published on Sunday, the bank said the use of unlicensed money service providers for money laundering surged during the coronavirus crisis in 2020, as well as the use of e-commerce to launder money.

"Widespread lockdowns have resulted in a significant surge in e-commerce. Due to limited ability to move funds and goods during the pandemic, illicit actors are turning to e-commerce as a money laundering tool," the report warned.

(DW)

22:11 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Stringent lockdown where COVID cases are at high level, says Kerala govt

Special intensified, stringent lockdown restrictions will be enforced in areas of Kerala, where the spread of COVID-19 is at critical-levels, the Kerala government said in an order.

The stringent lockdown restrictions would be in force in areas where the weekly infection population ratio (WIPR) is above 10 and the affected places would be notified by the district disaster management authority (DDMA) on a weekly basis, said an order from Chief Secretary V P Joy.

The order said the affected areas would be publicised through websites and other media.

(PTI)

20:28 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Goa reports 84 new Covid cases, 2 deaths

Goa on Sunday reported 84 new Covid-19 cases and two fatalitiest. With 79 recoveries, the state currently has 774 active cases. 

20:20 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu Covid-19 aggregate touches 26.45 lakh

Tamil Nadu's cumulative coronavirus cases rose to 26.45 lakh with 1,697 positives being reported on Sunday, while 27 people died of the deadly disease taking the toll to 35,337. The number of recoveries were less than new cases with 1,594 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,93,074 leaving 16,969 active infections, a medical bulletin said. (PTI)

20:07 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Maharashtra reports 3,413 new Covid cases

Maharashtra on Sunday reporte 3,413 new Covid-19 cases and 49 deaths. With 8,326 recoveries, the active cases in the state stood at 42,955. In its capital city, Mumbai, the active cases stood at 5,169.

19:37 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Pune reports 145 new Covid cases

Pune on Sunday recorded 145 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths. With 197 recoveries, the active cases in the city stood at 1,725.

19:03 (IST)19 Sep 2021
UP relaxes Covid restrictions, allows 100 people to gather

The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday relaxed the Covid-19 lockdown norms in the state, raising the number of people allowed to gather at a place outside of the Covid-19 containment zones from 50 to 100.

18:38 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Kerala reports 19,653 new Covid cases, 152 deaths

Kerala on Sunday reported 19,653 fresh Covid-19 cases, with a test positivity rate of over 17 per cent. It also recorded 152 deaths.

18:19 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Delhi reports zero Covid deaths

Delhi on Sunday recorded 28 new Covid cases and no fatalitities. The positivity rate stood at 0.04 per cent.

16:31 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu Health Minister rules out third wave in the state

According to news agency PTI, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Sunday ruled out the possibility of a third wave in the state, saying that in view of the problems faced during the first wave of Covid-19, the chief minister had taken stringent steps to control the second and stop the third wave.

The first dose percentage in India was 62 and 40 per cent in Tamil Nadu before the DMK came to power, which has now now gone up to 58 per cent after initiating medical camps, Subramanian was quoted as saying.

16:14 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Kerala to prepare detailed plan for reopening schools

In view of the coronavirus cases in the state, Kerala Education Minister V Sivankutty on Sunday stated, "a detailed plan ensuring the safety of the children will be drawn up after holding discussions at the state and district level with health officials and the district collectors and submitted before the Chief Minister by October 15."

Kerala government on Saturday decided to reopen schools in the state from November 1.

15:16 (IST)19 Sep 2021
People with chronic conditions, Indian backgrounds more susceptible to Covid even after vaccine: UK study

A recent UK study found that people living with chronic conditions such as Down’s syndrome, older people, men, as well as people from Pakistani and Indian backgrounds are more likely to end up in hospital or die even after receiving both doses of the Covid vaccine.

A team of researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Nottingham developed a calculator to identify those at highest risk of contracting severe illness despite being fully vaccinated, the Guardian reported. They examined the hospital records of around 6.9 million fully and partially vaccinated adults, 5.2 million of whom had received both doses of the vaccine. Read more.

12:34 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Foreign tourists may be allowed to visit India soon

Amid a decline in Covid cases in the country, India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years, officials said. First five lakh foreign tourists will be issued visas free of cost in an attempt to revive the tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was announced. (PTI)

12:32 (IST)19 Sep 2021
Rahul Gandhi takes dig at govt over record COVID-19 vaccinations

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took a swipe at the government over the record COVID-19 vaccinations in a single day, and said the "event" is over now. He also shared a graph of the vaccination trend in the last 10 days as per data from the Cowin website to show the decline in inoculations after the record. India vaccinated 2.5 crore people in a single day on Friday to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. (PTI)

11:22 (IST)19 Sep 2021
COVID-19: India logs 30,773 new cases

With 30,773 people testing positive for coronavirus infection, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,34,48,163, while the active cases declined to 3,32,158, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll climbed to 4,44,838 with 309 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 0.99 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.68 per cent, the ministry said. A reduction of 8,481 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. (PTI)

09:13 (IST)19 Sep 2021
IPL 2021: Fans below 16 not allowed entry at Sharjah stadium, PCR COVID-19 report not needed in Dubai

As per the regulations, fans going to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium don't need to get a PCR test done 48 hours prior to entry into the stands, but will need double Covid-19 vaccination proof. The fans must also follow all social distancing regulations and wear masks at all times.

Only those below 12 years are exempted from carrying vaccination proof. Fans have also been asked to download tickets on mobile devices to help in scanning at the gates.

In Sharjah when it comes to the age of fans allowed entry into stadiums, the minimum age required for entry into the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is 16 years. While vaccination report is required, the fans also need to carry PCR test result valid for no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. A green status on the Al Hosn App is a must for those keen to watch the games. (ANI)

22:31 (IST)18 Sep 2021
BMC asks people to undergo Covid-19 test on returning to Mumbai after Ganpati festival

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked people to undergo Covid-19 test on returning to the city from their hometowns after the Ganpati festival, as a precautionary measure, an official said on Saturday.

The civic body has set up 266 centres offering free RT-PCR tests to people who have returned to Mumbai after celebrating Ganpati festival, additional municipal commissioner (western suburbs) Suresh Kakani said. Read More

22:24 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Airlines can now operate 85 pc of pre-Covid domestic flights: Aviation Ministry

Airlines can now operate a maximum of 85 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic flights instead of the 72.5 per cent allowed till date, the Ministry of Civil Aviation stated on Saturday. The carriers have been operating 72.5 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic flights since August 12, according to the ministry's order.

Between July 5 and August 12, the cap stood at 65 per cent. Between June 1 and July 5, the cap was at 50 per cent. The ministry issued a fresh order on Saturday, in which it modified the August 12 order stating that "72.5 per cent capacity may be read as 85 per cent capacity". The order also noted that the 72.5 per cent cap will remain in place "until further order". (PTI)

21:58 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Primary schools in Uttarakhand to reopen on September 21 after pandemic-induced closure

Primary schools in Uttarakhand will reopen for classes 1-5 on September 21 after remaining closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The classes will be held only for three hours a day and children will not be allowed to bring food to school, according to an order issued by the department of school education on Saturday.

The option of online education will also be available to students of these classes, the order said. The school administration will have to ensure proper sanitisation of the entire premises, including classrooms, offices, libraries and toilets. Students and staff members will have to mandatorily wear masks and maintain physical distancing. A nodal officer will be appointed in each school to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocol and guidelines. (PTI)

19:30 (IST)18 Sep 2021
Goa to restart tourism activities from Monday; casinos, nightclubs to open

In a bid to revive the tourism sector in Goa, the state task force has recommended the government to reopen all tourism activities from September 20, Monday. Casinos, spas and nightclubs can also be functional from Monday with 50 per cent capacity, provided people are fully vaccinated or produce a Covid-19 negative test report. The government will soon issue the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for this. Read More

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Kerala on Saturday reported 19,325 new Covid-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 15.96 per cent. The state also recorded 143 deaths and 20,388 recoveries, taking the death toll to 23,439 and total recoveries to 42,83,963 respectively. The active cases in the state stands at 1,80,842.

Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that India has administered 80 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses so far. "Standing tall against Covid-19. India administers 80 crore vaccine doses. Congratulations to the nation on this momentous feat," Mandaviya tweeted using the hashtag "WorldsLargestVaccinationDrive".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was an unforgettable and emotional moment for him as over 2.50 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered in the country on his 71st birthday. Meanwhile, Mandaviya described this as a golden chapter in world history.

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