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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Nadda Attributes High Covid Tally to Kerala's '70% Antigen Test Results', Says Centre Has Allocated Funds for 3rd Wave

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Last Updated: August 17, 2021, 14:21 IST

A passenger stands next to a Covid-19 testing centre sign at London's Heathrow Airport, Britain. (File pic/Reuters)

A passenger stands next to a Covid-19 testing centre sign at London's Heathrow Airport, Britain. (File pic/Reuters)

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Covid cases fell marginally in Kerala last week after recording a surge for 6 weeks.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Covid cases fell marginally in Kerala last week after recording a surge for 6 weeks. A decline of 2% left the state with 1.37 lakh new cases during the week, accounting for 54% of all infections detected in India during the period. Last week, Maharashtra recorded less than 40,000 cases, its lowest weekly count in nearly six months. Last week’s count was a 9% decline from the previous week’s numbers (43,134). The weekly graph remained largely plateaued in Karnataka (-5%) and TN (-2%), with both states recording nearly 11,000 new cases.

Meanwhile, India on Monday reported under 25,000 new cases for the first time in over five months. There were 24,577 fresh cases on Monday, the lowest daily count recorded since March 13 (24,866) as a result of a sharp dip in testing on Independence Day on Sunday.

The US eased travel advisory for India to its second-lowest level of “exercise increased caution” after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed that India now has a “moderate level of Covid-19. “Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers,” the state department said on Monday.

The US state department however urged American citizens not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir, except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital of Leh and within 10km of the India-Pakistan border due to fears of terrorism and civil unrest.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden had on April 30 imposed new travel restrictions on India in light of Covid-19, barring most non-US citizens from entering the United States who had been in India within the previous 14 days.

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first published:August 17, 2021, 07:16 IST
last updated:August 17, 2021, 14:21 IST