Coronavirus: Travel Ban and Vaccination Trends

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Amid an alarming third wave of Coronavirus, India records the lowest daily count in 147 days. Various countries also issue new travel guidelines for passengers travelling from India.

India has reported 28,204 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest since March 16.

The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) dashboard has shown 41,511 recoveries and 373 deaths on Tuesday. By August 10, the overall Covid-19 tally has reached 31,998,158 

with 31,180,968 recoveries, 428,682 deaths and 388,508 active cases. The number of active cases is the lowest in 139 days.

According to ICMR- Indian Council of Medical Research, 1,511,313 were tested on August 9. ICMR has tested 483,278,545 samples for Covid-19 up to August 9.  

Travel Ban Across Nations 

The ban imposed on international flights of India was on April 22, 2021, and has been extending several times so far.

Owing to the Covid-19 risk, Canada has developed a ban on Indian passenger flights for the fifth time.

The latest public health advice issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada has extended notice to restrict all direct commercial and private passengers from India to Canada until September 21, 2021.

For the first time, Canada had imposed a ban on April 22 and has rolled it several times. The ban was earlier set to expire on August 21 but will now remain in place till September 21.

However, the ban does not apply to cargo flights or medical transfers.  

On the other hand, UAE has lifted the travel ban on flights from India and five other countries from August 5.

International flights have resumed from cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, etc., from August 7.

Only transit passengers and UAE residents in India are allowed to travel to the gulf country. A rapid PCR testing booth was set up at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, for passengers travelling to UAE.

The gulf country has mandated Covid-19 test reports to enter the country.

Amid complaints of a surge in fares, DGCA has issued an advisory to the international passengers to check fares on the airlines’ website before booking tickets. 

Recent Vaccination Trends 

The vaccination drive in India is improving day by day. On Tuesday, India’s Covid-19 recovery rate has also improved to 97.45%, the highest ever recovery rate.

Over 52.56 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, and 48,43,100 quantities are in the pipeline.

The centre is procuring and supplying 75% of the vaccines to states and UTs, owing to the universalization of the Covid-19 vaccination drive.

The recent data provided by Union Health Ministry has shown a total consumption of 51,09,58,562 doses so far. Moreover, GoI has approved the production of Covaxin in Ankleshwar, Gujarat, in the most recent update. 

Global Updates

Delta variant is troubling to many countries. Since July 20, many Chinese cities have reported delta variant infections.

The officials have ordered local governments to keep close track of infected citizens. The UK has also reported 25,161 new Covid cases on Monday, August 9.

Between August 3 and August 9, the cases have surged 5.2% compared to the last seven days.

The US, too, is facing a six-month high due to Covid-19 circumstances of the Delta variant due to low vaccination rates and rapid spread.

The daily cases have risen to 35% over the past three days in the US. Globally, scientists are focusing on the Delta variant, due to which patients are increasing rapidly worldwide.

However, tracking other variants is also going on to check on any issues that might arise. The French territory of Martinique has imposed an evening curfew to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak on the West Indian island. 

Tracking of the Delta variant of coronavirus is necessary along with the other variants. The third wave of coronavirus is alarming, but the global vaccination trends are sighing relief.

The governments are taking all the precautionary measures to push the third wave of the virus as far as they can. Opting for Covid appropriate behaviours and following the lockdown rules will help in making this world Covid accessible.   

  

Ankita Gautam
Ankita Gautam
Ankita Gautam aka AnkiTam, is an Educator, who learns by reading and expresses by writing. She has been an avid reader, writer, speaker, learner, and observer ever since. A science background could never stop her from grasping the nitty-gritties of fashion, technology, and trending news. She finds her solace in magazines and newspapers. Being an ambivert, she is blessed to be flexible in knowing when to talk and when to listen. She is an opinionated personality with an optimal level of compassion and empathy. She can be easily found entertaining people with her wordplays and also with her wry sense of humor. She is a pantomath, who wants to know everything.

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