Coronavirus live | Jharkhand allows schools, colleges to reopen from Feb 1

With the Tamil Nadu govt allowing schools to resume in-person classes from February 1, schools have been asked to strictly follow all standard operating procedures to keep students safe. A scene at Vallal Pari Municipal Middle School in Ramanathapuram on Tuesday.

With the Tamil Nadu govt allowing schools to resume in-person classes from February 1, schools have been asked to strictly follow all standard operating procedures to keep students safe. A scene at Vallal Pari Municipal Middle School in Ramanathapuram on Tuesday.

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Here are the updates :

Tamil Nadu

Schools reopen in Tamil Nadu

Schools Reopening: Chennai schools to reopen for classes 1 to 12 on February 1. Scene at Mogappair East on Tuesday after lockdown.

Schools Reopening: Chennai schools to reopen for classes 1 to 12 on February 1. Scene at Mogappair East on Tuesday after lockdown.

Schools reopen at Lady Willington School, Triplicane

Schools reopen at Lady Willington School, Triplicane

 

Sport

Beijing Olympics | 24 COVID-19 cases detected among games-related personnel

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said on Tuesday that a total of 24 new COVID-19 cases were detected among games-related personnel on Jan. 31.

Eighteen of the cases were found among new airport arrivals, according to a notice on the Beijing 2022 official website.

 

USA

Congressional Black Caucus applauds India for its global efforts to address COVID-19 crisis

The Congressional Black Caucus applauded India for its global efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis as well as sharing over 8 million vaccines with at least 38 countries.

“I laud your government’s efforts as it has selflessly shared over 8 million vaccines with at least 38 countries,” Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, chair of the influential Congressional Black Caucus, said in a letter to India’s Ambassador to the U.S., Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

 

Kerala

Sunday restrictions on Feb 6 also, only essential services allowed: Kerala CM

Sunday restrictions on movement will continue on February 6, similar to January 23 and 30, to contain the surge in COVID cases in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday.

Only essential services will be allowed on Sunday, February 6, and district-wise restrictions based on the A, B and C categorisation would continue in the state, the CM decided in the COVID review meeting chaired by him, a state government release said. -PTI

Jharkhand

Jharkhand allows schools, colleges to reopen from Feb 1

A health worker administering a shot of COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to a senior citizen during the vaccination drive, Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya, Janakpuri, West Delhi, January 29, 2022

A health worker administering a shot of COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to a senior citizen during the vaccination drive, Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya, Janakpuri, West Delhi, January 29, 2022

 

Schools, colleges and universities were allowed to reopen in Jharkhand from Tuesday as the COVID situation improved, officials said.

Schools will reopen for all classes in 17 districts. In the rest seven districts -- Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Chatra, Deoghar, Saraikela, Simdega and Bokaro -- which have been reporting a higher number of COVID cases, schools will reopen for classes 9 to 12, they said.

The decisions were taken on Monday at a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority, chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren. -PTI

Gujarat

Online education to continue for students of classes 1 to 9 in Gujarat till Feb 5

The Gujarat government on Monday said that online lectures for the students of classes 1 to 9 will continue till February 5 considering the current COVID-19 scenario.

The decision to continue online education in schools for classes 1 to 9 was taken by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in a meeting of the core committee held in Gandhinagar, an official release said.

The decision to continue online classes for students of grades 1 to 9 till February 5 has been taken in the larger interest of the students and their health, the government said. -PTI

National

Centre extends work from home for 50% staffers below level of Under Secretary till Feb 15

The Centre on Monday extended work from home arrangement for 50 per cent of its employees below the level of Under Secretary till February 15, according to a Personnel Ministry order.

Persons with disabilities and pregnant women employees would continue to be exempted from attending offices.

The Personnel Ministry had on January 3 issued an order allowing work from home 50 per cent of employees below the level of Under Secretary till January 31, because of the rise in Covid cases. -PTI

Maharashtra

Nagpur schools, colleges to reopen for offline classes from Feb 1

The district administration on Monday allowed offline classes for students of grades 1 to 12 and also those in colleges in Nagpur from February 1 with COVID-19 protocols.

Offline classes in schools and colleges will begin in rural as well as Nagpur municipal corporation limits.

Nagpur district collector R Vimla and municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B, after taking stock of the coronavirus situation, issued orders for starting in-person learning sessions from Tuesday in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. -PTI

International

Novavax files for U.S. authorization of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax Inc said on Monday it had filed for a U.S. approval for the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in adults, a much-awaited step for the company following months of struggles with development and manufacturing problems.

The filing is based on data provided to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month and results of two late-stage trials in the United States, Mexico and the UK that showed the protein-based vaccine had an overall efficacy of about 90%, the company said. -Reuters

International

'Stealth Omicron' spreads more than original strain: study

A sub-variant of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus strain is even more infectious than the original version, according to a Danish study published on Monday.

Sub-variant BA.2 -- also called "stealth Omicron" -- was detected earlier this year and has displaced the first Omicron variant, known as BA.1, as the dominant strain in Denmark. -AFP

International

Moderna Covid vaccine gets full U.S. approval

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it has granted full approval to Moderna's Covid-19 "Spikevax" vaccine, which had previously received an emergency use authorization in the United States.

"The public can be assured that Spikevax meets the FDA's high standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality required of any vaccine approved for use in the United States," acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement. -AFP


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