In the latest Covid-19 guidelines, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has allowed beaches, seafronts and parks to open for longer hours – from 6 am to 10 pm.
Until now, these places were open only for three hours from 6 am to 9 am.
Asif Zakaria, Congress Corporator from Bandra (west) said this is a step in the right direction. “Citizens prefer outings as they have been home during the lockdown. The BMC has opened up these places slowly, but this move is in the right direction. It especially helps senior citizens who want to go out in the evenings.”
“After coming back from work I had a routine of going out for a walk. During the Mumbai lockdown, we were not allowed to walk near the seafronts but on the other side of the roads. People were still out and walking but in a smaller space which didn’t make any sense. I am happy that these spaces places are finally open for citizens,” said Arif Sayed a Colaba resident.
Amit Shah: India handled Covid-19 in best possible way despite limited resources
On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that India has handled the Covid-19 pandemic in the best possible manner among all countries in the world despite limited resources.
Addressing the 17th formation day of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) here, Shah also said that the Centre is planning to roll out the ‘Aapda Mitra’ (Friends in Disaster) project in 350 districts across the country by imparting training to citizens as first responders to any disaster.
He added that despite limited resources and with such a large population of 130 crore, India has fought the Covid-19 pandemic in the best possible manner among all countries.
ICMR bats for reopening of primary schools
A paper published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended that schools in the country avoid “routine temperature checks” owing to “limited evidence” of their utility.
“It must also be acknowledged that testing strategies for SARS-CoV-2 infection in schools should act as an adjunct and not substitute to other organizational and behavioural interventions,” says the study authored by ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava, Samiran Panda and Tanu Anand.
“Routine temperature or symptom checking in schools should be avoided due to limited evidence of their utility. It is also recommended that schools should have access to onsite testing facilities as per existing country-specific guidelines,” the paper published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research read.
CoWin certificates to mention date of birth of fully vaccinated travelling abroad
According to the official sources, people, who have fully vaccinated and want to travel abroad, will have a CoWin certificate with their full date of birth.
This happened amidst the ongoing discussions between India and the UK over Covid vaccination certificates.
Currently, CoWin certificates mention the beneficiary’s age based on the year of birth besides other details.
The new feature is being introduced in compliance with the WHO norms and is likely to be available from next week.
“It has been decided that a new feature will be added to the CoWin under which those who are fully vaccinated and want to travel abroad will have full date of birth on their vaccination certificates,” an official source said.
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