Kerala reports 54,537 new cases, positivity rate over 47%

Here are today’s top coronavirus news stories:

  1. Kerala reported 54,537 new Covid-19 cases on Friday in the past 24 hours, PTI reported. The state’s positivity rate stood at 47.05%. As of Thursday, Kerala had recorded 51,739 infections with a positivity rate of 44.6%. Earlier on Friday, state health minister Veena George said the Omicron variant currently accounts for about 94% of Covid-19 cases in Kerala, India time reported.
  2. Precautionary doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given to more than a crore of healthcare workers, frontline workers and the elderly so far, the Union health minister has said Mansukh Mandaviya said Friday. “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the world’s largest vaccination campaign is consistently reaching new heights,” he said.
  3. the Government of Rajasthan may ban unvaccinated people from entering government offices, state health minister Parsadi Lal Meena has said, according to ANI. The minister added that the government will soon make a decision on the reopening of schools. The Covid-19 situation in the state is normal, he said.
  4. The Australian Medicines Regulator has approved the use of Reminders of the Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 16 and 17, Reuters reported. The regulator said the country’s immunization advisory group will soon give more information on when the 16-17 age group will be eligible to receive their booster doses.
  5. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said on Thursday he was exposed to Covid-19 and self-isolated for five days. “My rapid test result was negative…I feel fine and will be working from home,” he said. Trudeau also urged people to stay safe and get vaccinated.

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