Sumary of India opens to tourists, Europe cases rise:
- India is opening up to fully vaccinated foreign tourists while several European countries enforce tighter COVID-19 restrictions amid rising infection rates.
- Tourists entering India must be fully vaccinated, follow all COVID-19 protocols and test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their flight, according to the health ministry.
- Many will also need to undergo a post-arrival COVID-19 test at the airport.
- However, travellers from countries which have agreements with India for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, such as the US, UK and many European countries, can leave the airport without undergoing a COVID-19 test.
- It comes as coronavirus infections have fallen significantly, with daily new cases hovering at just above 10,000 for more than a month.
- With more than 35 million reported coronavirus infections, India is the second-worst-hit country after the US.Active coronavirus cases stand at 134,096, the lowest in 17 months, according to the health ministry.
- Russia’s COVID-19 information centre on Monday recorded 38,420 new cases within 24 hours, with a death toll topping 1200 for the seventh consecutive day.
- Russian authorities blame the sharp increase in infections and deaths on the highly contagious Delta variant as well as a general lack of public compliance to health rules combined with an unwillingness to get vaccinated.