The Delhi Government on Thursday ordered the re-opening of medical colleges under the UT govt with immediate effect. According to the order issued by the government, the decision was taken following the reduction of COVID cases in the national capital. The colleges have been directed to observe all the SOPs and social distancing norms. “In the first instance the first year MBBS/BDS batch will be called in a staggered manner and teaching & practical will be completed within one and half to two months from the date of re-opening of college. Subsequently, final year students will be allowed to join college,” Delhi Government said. Also Read - Planning a Trip to Singapore During COVID-19? Now, PCR Test Mandatory on Arrival

“Final year student will be eligible to appear in the final year annual exams on successful training, on the passing of which they will be eligible to join as interns. Thereafter process will be initiated for permitting second-year MBBS/BDS students to rejoin college,” Delhi Government added. Also Read - How COVID-19 Affects Heart: Symptoms to Watch Out For And What to do

On Wednesday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said that the government is planning to reopen schools only after the COVID vaccine is available for the public after all the frontline workers are vaccinated. “The state government is presently brainstorming on how early they can reopen schools keeping the board examination under consideration,” Manish Sisodia said. Also Read - AIIMS Worker Suffers Allergic Reaction After Receiving Coronavirus Vaccine, Admitted to ICU

In December, Delhi’s Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia reportedly told IE that there were no plans to reopen the schools as yet. “Even if we start vaccinating people by February, we will be able to vaccinate a sizeable chunk only by July. There is no possibility of reopening schools before that. We also have to look at how examinations will be conducted without putting teachers and students at risk.”

India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID-19 with the cumulative recoveries crossing the 1 crore-mark, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. A total 19,587 patients have recuperated and discharged in a span of 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 10,016,859.

India’s recoveries are the highest in the world. The gap between active cases and recovered cases is continuously increasing and stands at 97,88,776, the ministry highlighted. “The recovered cases are 44 times the number of active cases,” it said. The active caseload presently stands at 2,28,083 and comprises merely 2.19 per cent of the total infections.

The ministry said that 51 per cent of the total recovered cases are concentrated in five states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 96.36 per cent. Following the national pursuit, all states and union territories have recovery rate more than 90 per cent.

“India’s recovery rate is the highest in the world. Countries with higher caseload are reporting lesser recovery rate than India’s,” the ministry underlined.