The European Union ended travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa on Monday well over a month after it was imposed in hopes of containing the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The highly contagious variant was first discovered in southern Africa in late November and the bloc of 27 countries has restricted movement of visitors to this region, where the variant has caused a sudden rise in infections. Omicron has since become the dominant variant and is responsible in the EU and many other countries for an unprecedented rise in infections. This has made the ban on travel from southern Africa a moot point.
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COVID-19: Government of Rajasthan caps charge of rapid antigen test at Rs 50 in private laboratories
- The government of Rajasthan on Monday capped the rapid antigen test (RAT) rate for the detection of COVID-19 in private laboratories at Rs 50, including all taxes.
- Principal Secretary of Government Vaibhav Galaria informed that the tariff was set to provide easy and accessible testing facilities to the general public at low cost.
- This rate was set in accordance with the proposal of the committee formed by the Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Galaria said. He said the prescribed rates will apply with immediate effect.
Uttar Pradesh | With the number of active Covid cases crossing the 1,000 mark in Agra on Monday, the district administrator has imposed further restrictions in the city. Gyms and swimming pools were closed. Wearing a mask would be compulsory: magistrate of the district of Agra Prabhu N Singh
North Korea fired what could be a ballistic missile, the Japanese Coast Guard said, the second apparent launch in less than a week after Chief Kim Jong Un urged the military to make more advances military: Reuters
Hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 in France know their biggest jump since April 2021
Days after ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava said molnupiravir posed major health safety concerns, some of India’s top health experts said the drug’s benefits outweighed the risks. potentials. So far, studies have shown no convincing side effects in humans, they said.
More than 10.5 lakh receive a “precautionary dose” on the first day of deployment
- The deployment of the “precautionary dose” (booster) of the Covid vaccine on Monday received a modest response on the first day with more than 10.5 lakh of people having received their third injection until 10 p.m. This included around 7.4 lakh of healthcare and frontline workers, and around 3.2 lakh of people over the age of 60.
Ludhiana, Punjab | With coronavirus cases on the rise, migrant workers and daily bets fear a new wave of foreclosures that could plunge the manufacturing industry into a financial crisis: DS Chawla, President, United Cycle And Parts Manufacturers Association
New ICMR guidelines waive contact testing of confirmed Covid cases unless they are identified as ‘high risk’
- Amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) issued a new notice on Monday waiving testing requirements for many categories, including case contacts confirmed Covid-19, unless they are identified as “high risk” based on age or co-morbidities. In addition, it also exempted asymptomatic patients undergoing invasive surgical or non-surgical procedures, including pregnant women hospitalized for childbirth, unless justified or symptoms develop.