Here’s what happened on Sunday:
- The Kerala government said on Sunday it would enforce strict closures in areas with high Covid-19 cases, PTI reported. The restrictions will be imposed in locations where the weekly infection population ratio is greater than 10. The weekly infection population ratio is the total number of coronavirus cases reported in a week multiplied by 1,000 and divided by the total population of local organizations. Kerala recorded 19,653 new cases and 152 deaths on Sunday.
- India recorded 30,773 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections in the country since the start of the pandemic in January of last year to 3,34, 48,163. India rose to 4,44838 after recording an additional 309 deaths.
- The World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization will meet next month to make its recommendation on Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin Coronavirus Vaccine Emergency Use List, PTI reported.
- India has administered more than 80 crore doses of the vaccine since the vaccination campaign began in January, data from the Union Health Ministry showed on Sunday. On Saturday, 85 lakh doses were administered. The country had set a vaccination record by administering 2.5 crore doses in a single day on Friday. The record coincided with the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Head of Congress Rahul gandhi said that’s the pace India needed on other days as well.
- Gujarat recorded eight new cases of the coronavirus and no deaths on Sunday, PTI reported. This is the first time in nine months that the state’s daily number of infections is in single digits.
- The government is considering allowing foreign tourists to visit India for the first time in over a year, PTI reported, citing unidentified officials. Free visas will be issued to 5 lakh tourists, according to the news agency.
- The United Kingdom recorded 30,144 new cases and 164 deaths on Sunday, The Guardian reported. The overall infection tally in the country rose to 74 00 739, while the tally rose to 1,35,147.
- Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 22.81 crore people and caused more than 46.85 lakh in deaths since the pandemic erupted in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University.
- On Saturday, 25,000 people gathered for a big party in Madrid to mark the start of the school year in a university, The Guardian reported.
- Vietnam has approved the Abdala coronavirus vaccine developed in Cuba, Reuters reported. The Asian country is currently struggling with its worst Covid-19 outbreak. To date, only 6.3% of the Vietnamese population is fully vaccinated.