Curbs in Delhi will be lifted as soon as positivity rate drops, says Kejriwal

An overview of the latest developments related to the coronavirus:

  1. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Tuesday that Covid-19 restrictions in the nation’s capital would soon be lifted as the city’s positivity rate was dropping rapidly, ANI reported. “The Covid positivity rate is down 20% in the last 10 days,” he said on the sidelines of a Republic Day event. “Today it’s around 10%, compared to 30% positivity rate on January 15. This is all due to the constant rate of vaccination.”
  2. The Kerala government said on Monday that educational institutions in the state that have recorded less than 40% attendance for three consecutive days will be closed for two weeks, PTI reported. Under a new set of rules, a maximum of 20 people will be allowed at weddings and funerals. Cinemas, theatres, swimming pools and sports halls will be closed.
  3. India recorded 2,55,874 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 3,97,99,202. The number of new cases on Tuesday was 16.39% lower than Monday’s figure of 3,06,064 infections. The positivity rate fell significantly to 15.52% from 20.75% on Monday, data from the Union Health Department showed.
  4. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will hold a meeting with health ministers from nine states and union territories on the Covid situation, ANI reported.
  5. For the next Budget sessionthe two houses of Parliament will operate at different times of the day with a dispersed seating arrangement, reported Hindustan time. The Rajya Sabha will operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the Lok Sabha will operate from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  6. the UK will scrap Covid-19 testing on arrival for fully vaccinated travelers to England from February 11, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, according to The Guardian. The rules have also been relaxed for unvaccinated travellers, who will no longer have to undergo isolation, nor be tested a second time on the eighth day after their arrival.
  7. School closures due to the pandemic have caused “almost insurmountable” losses among children around the world, UNICEF said on Monday. The UN agency said more than 61.6 million students are still affected by full or partial school closures.
  8. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday it was not fair to assume that Omicron was the latest variant of the coronavirus or that the world was in the “endgame” of this pandemic. However, he said the acute phase of the pandemic could end this year if key disease eradication goals are met.
  9. Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday, he said he tested positive for Covid-19 and had mild symptoms. “Ask everyone who has come in contact with me to get tested,” the cricketer-turned-politician tweeted.
  10. South Korea reported more than 8,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time, Reuters reported citing the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. On Monday, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum urged people to refrain from traveling and gathering. “It’s no different to fuel the raging flames if many people are moving across the country and meeting each other,” he said.

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