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.