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Ashraf Padanna, Correspondent
Kerala, which accounts for more than half of India’s active caseload, has eased the COVID-19 restrictions further following a slight dip in positivity rate.
The hotels and restaurants can allow dine-in for adults having two doses of vaccine and people aged below 18 years employing staff who also had received both the jabs.
The hotels, restaurants, clubs and bars can operate with maximum utilisation of 50 per cent of the seating capacity.
Air conditioning in these places shall not be permitted and windows and doors shall be kept open, as far as possible, to ensure ventilation.
The restrictions for entry are not applicable to those who are below 18 years of age as they are not eligible for vaccination at present. The indoor stadia and swimming pools can also entertain customers if they meet similar conditions and ensure "COVID-appropriate behaviour.”
The southern state logged 16,671 more cases and 120 deaths on Saturday with a test positivity rate of 14.54 per cent against the national average of 1.86 per cent.
It remains the most affected state in India with 4.6 million cases after the much bigger state of Maharashtra which had 6.5 million patients since the pandemic outbreak.
Kerala reported India’s first case of the infection when a medical student returned from the Chinese epicentre of Wuhan tested positive for the virus on January 30 last year.
"We have given at least one dose of the vaccine to more than 91 per cent (of adults) and 39 per cent have got both,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters.
"There was also a sharp decrease in hospitalisations and the rate of reinfection is also on the decline. So we thought it’s time we eased the restrictions further.”
From coming Monday people over 60 and those over 45 with multiple medical conditions can be vaccinated against coronavirus for free at 10,000 government hospitals and nearly 20,000 private clinics for a charge.
"Respected @POTUS, if we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the US, I humbly request you to lift the embargo of raw-material exports out of the US, so that vaccine production can ramp up," Poonawalla said on Twitter.
India's cases jumped by 28,903 on Wednesday, the highest increase since Dec.13. Deaths increased by 188, the highest in two months, to stand at 159,044.
Congress state President Nana Patole said that the new evidence like demands of Rs250m bribe to release Aryan Khan, has raised "big questions on the role of NCB" and sought a high-level enquiry into the matter.
The flight, operated by Go First, took off for Sharjah at 6:30pm from Srinagar and landed at Sharjah International Airport at 9:30pm UAE time. The flight revives direct air link between the Kashmir Valley and the UAE after 11 years.
In the first case, which took place at 5:00pm, there were 3 Asians, two of whom were rescued while the third, 29, drowned. In the second case, which took place at 6:00pm, an Arab, 30, drowned and was transported by the national ambulance to the Khalifa Hospital..
According to Colonel Saleh Al Dhanhani, Director of the Traffic and Patrols Department at Fujairah Police, the accident took place around 7:30am on Sunday when a man dropped his son identified as ASA opposite the private school where he was studying.