Anonna Dutt

Anonna Dutt

Anonna Dutt is a health reporter at Hindustan Times. She reports on Delhi government’s health policies, hospitals in Delhi, and health-related feature stories.

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A health worker collects a swab sample from a child for coronavirus testing at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
A health worker collects a swab sample from a child for coronavirus testing at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

‘Over half of city may have Covid antibodies’: Experts say after 5th sero-survey

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 04:16 AM IST
  • The number was particularly high in the south-east district at 62%, the people said, and now appears to fall in a territory that experts believe is close to the herd immunity threshold.
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On Saturday, 123 adverse reactions were reported across the country, according to the provisional data provided by the Union health ministry.(HT file photo)
On Saturday, 123 adverse reactions were reported across the country, according to the provisional data provided by the Union health ministry.(HT file photo)

1.5 million Indians receive Covid -19 vaccine in 8 days: Govt data

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:04 AM IST
The daily number of shots administered had risen to 230,000 on Thursday after changes were made to the Co-WIN platform to allow walk-ins on Tuesday. The app now allows registered beneficiaries to get the shot out-of-turn even if their name does not figure on the list for a particular day.
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On Saturday, three districts reported over 100% coverage for centres giving Serum Institute of India’s Covishield – Shahdara, South, and North-East Delhi.(HT Photo)
On Saturday, three districts reported over 100% coverage for centres giving Serum Institute of India’s Covishield – Shahdara, South, and North-East Delhi.(HT Photo)

Covid-19: Highest 1-day turnout in Delhi as 86% beneficiaries get jabs

PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 12:55 AM IST
The jump of 17 percentage points when compared to Thursday’s vaccination number was largely due to the government’s Co-WIN platform being tweaked to allow out-of-turn jabs for registered beneficiaries.
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Three districts in the Capital have so far recorded a coverage rate lower than Delhi’s average — Shahdara, North (43.3%) and New Delhi (47.6%).(AFP)
Three districts in the Capital have so far recorded a coverage rate lower than Delhi’s average — Shahdara, North (43.3%) and New Delhi (47.6%).(AFP)

Only 35% health care workers in Delhi's Shahdara district have got jab so far

By Anonna Dutt, Abhishek Dey
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 01:49 AM IST
The nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive kicked off on January 16, after which registered health care workers in the Capital have received shots on January 18, 19 and 21 across 81 inoculation centres.
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Only 35% health care workers in Shahdara district have got Covid jab so far, lowest in Delhi

By Anonna Dutt and Abhishek Dey, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 12:20 AM IST
After four rounds of Covid-19 inoculation in the national capital, Shahdara district has seen the lowest number of health care workers immunised so far, with a little more than 1/3rd of all targeted beneficiaries receiving the jab over the past week
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Of Delhi’s 11 districts, the highest turnout on Thursday (91.5%) was in north-east Delhi, where 183 out of 200 targeted beneficiaries were vaccinated, followed by south-east (90.88%), where 727 of 800 were given jabs.(ANI)
Of Delhi’s 11 districts, the highest turnout on Thursday (91.5%) was in north-east Delhi, where 183 out of 200 targeted beneficiaries were vaccinated, followed by south-east (90.88%), where 727 of 800 were given jabs.(ANI)

Coronavirus vaccination turnout in Delhi leaps to 73%

By Anonna Dutt, Abhishek Dey, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:50 AM IST
Officials said the 73.36% turnout, a nearly 25 percentage point increase from Wednesday was due largely to the government’s Co-WIN platform being tweaked to allow out-of-turn jabs for registered beneficiaries.
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Sharp jump in vaccine turnout in Capital as Delhi hospitals opt for out-of-turn jabs for health staff

By Anonna Dutt and Abhishek Dey, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:43 PM IST
The city recorded its highest turnout for the Covid-19 vaccination drive so far, with 5,942 health care workers out of the targeted 8,100 receiving the shot on Thursday
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Medical staff work with samples taken during a serological survey for Covid-19 prevalence detection in October in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Medical staff work with samples taken during a serological survey for Covid-19 prevalence detection in October in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Delhi likely to finish collecting samples for its fifth sero survey round today

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:43 AM IST
The city had seen its third and worst surge in Covid-19 cases in November. At its peak, 8,593 cases were recorded in a single day on November 11
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Senior docs told to take Covid shots as vaccination number falls

By Abhishek Dey and Anonna Dutt
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:54 PM IST
New Delhi A little less than half the number of people scheduled to get the Covid-19 vaccine jabs on Tuesday turned up at their designated centres, prompting some hospitals to ask the head of departments to take the shot themselves and motivate those working under them to do the same
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With 4,936 beneficiaries receiving the shot, Delhi saw the highest turnout in terms of absolute numbers on Tuesday.(HT FILE)
With 4,936 beneficiaries receiving the shot, Delhi saw the highest turnout in terms of absolute numbers on Tuesday.(HT FILE)

Senior docs told to get vaccinated to instil confidence

By Abhishek Dey, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:35 AM IST
Hospitals that have consistently seen low turnout, like Guru Teg Bahadur hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital , asked its senior faculty members to come forward and take the shot.
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"We will need as many vaccine shots as we can get because the number of people we need to vaccinate is humongous." says director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences Dr Randeep Guleria
"We will need as many vaccine shots as we can get because the number of people we need to vaccinate is humongous." says director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences Dr Randeep Guleria

‘Infodemic on side effects has created anxiety’: Dr. Randeep Guleria

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 03:59 AM IST
"To be honest, early on, health care workers were very keen to get the vaccine. Then, because of the infodemic, because of the things doing the rounds on social media, because of the side effects being highlighted as more than what they were, it created a lot of anxiety", says Dr. Randeep Guleria
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Nearly 30 million health workers, and frontline workers are to be vaccinated in the first phase of Covid-19 vaccinations.(HT_PRINT)
Nearly 30 million health workers, and frontline workers are to be vaccinated in the first phase of Covid-19 vaccinations.(HT_PRINT)

At 2 centres, walk-in jabs lead to more vaccinations

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 02:36 AM IST
Both the hospitals had a higher turnout than the city’s average of just over 44% of the beneficiaries selected for the vaccination drive turn up to the various centres in the national capital.
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The government said that between Saturday morning and 5pm on Monday, 381,305 people were given doses in 7,704 sessions.(ANI)
The government said that between Saturday morning and 5pm on Monday, 381,305 people were given doses in 7,704 sessions.(ANI)

Covid-19 vaccination drive hit by hesitancy hurdle

By Rhythma Kaul, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:39 AM IST
The turnout dipped from 4,319 on Saturday to 3,593 on Monday in the national capital. At AIIMS in Delhi, only eight people were vaccinated on Monday, an official said, while asking not to be named. Officials said concerns over the vaccines’ safety appear to have deterred many people.
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In the case of coronavirus vaccines, the government has said that there can be mild AEFIs
In the case of coronavirus vaccines, the government has said that there can be mild AEFIs

26 adverse events in Capital on Monday, two hospitalised: Govt

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:37 AM IST
Other than the two severe adverse reactions, 24 minor reactions such as rashes, swelling at the site of injection, and fever were reported in the city on Monday. No adverse events were reported in those who were administered Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin on Monday, according to data seen by HT.
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A health care worker receives a Covaxin shot at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOT)
A health care worker receives a Covaxin shot at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOT)

AIIMS guard who showed severe allergic reaction to vaccine released

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:01 AM IST
According to doctors at AIIMS, the security guard had complained of uneasiness, palpitation, headache, and developed rash after 10-15 minutes of having been given a shot. He was moved to the icu, and remained under observation of specialists for a day before being discharged on Sunday evening.
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AIIMS guard who showed severe allergic reaction to vaccine released from hospital

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 11:05 PM IST
New Delhi The 22-year-old security guard who was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) for severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, after receiving a Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday, was discharged on Sunday
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Each centre had a target of vaccinating 100 people on Saturday.
Each centre had a target of vaccinating 100 people on Saturday.

Will set an example that the vaccine is safe

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:32 AM IST
Until Saturday evening, 4,319 of the scheduled 8,100 persons had got vaccinated in Delhi. Hospital authorities said some who were to get the jab said they were not in the city, or cited personal reasons. Authorities said the absentees could also be attributed to a glitch in the CoWIN app.
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Sanitiation worker Manish Kumar was the first person in the Capital to be administered a Covid-19 jab as Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Dr Randeep Guleria look on at AIIMS on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Sanitiation worker Manish Kumar was the first person in the Capital to be administered a Covid-19 jab as Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Dr Randeep Guleria look on at AIIMS on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

One small jab, a giant leap for Delhi

By Sweta Goswami, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:41 AM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal assured people about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, saying “there is no need to worry” and urged people to continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. State health minister Satyendar Jain described the drive as successful.
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Hospitals across the city said they were equipped to deal with any adverse events.(ANI)
Hospitals across the city said they were equipped to deal with any adverse events.(ANI)

One severe adverse impact in Delhi: Person is stable, AIIMS says

By Anonna Dutt, Ashish Mishra, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:56 AM IST
“An AIIMS security guard has developed an allergic reaction after receiving Covid-19 vaccination here today. He is kept under observation of doctors at the hospital,” an AIIMS official said. In all, Delhi reported 51 minor reactions such as rashes, swelling at the site of injection, or fever.
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The hospital saw 31 health care workers receive the shot after signing an informed consent form as mandated by the country’s apex drug regulator that gave the vaccine an approval in “clinical trial mode.”(ANI)
The hospital saw 31 health care workers receive the shot after signing an informed consent form as mandated by the country’s apex drug regulator that gave the vaccine an approval in “clinical trial mode.”(ANI)

RML resident docs raise concerns over Covaxin shots

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:05 AM IST
“We would like to bring to your notice that the residents are a bit apprehensive about the lack of complete trial in case of Covaxin and might not participate in huge numbers thus defeating the purpose of vaccination.” representative of the resident doctors’ association at the hospital said.
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Will set an example that the vaccine is safe, say Delhi’s 1st beneficiaries of Covid-19 jab

By Fareeha Iftikhar and Anonna Dutt
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:20 PM IST
New Delhi: Most health care workers in the national capital who volunteered to take the first shot of the Covid-19 jab said they were doing it to set an example that the vaccine was safe, as the world’s largest immunisation programme against the coronavirus disease kicked off across the country on Saturday
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The beneficiaries on Saturday included some of the leading doctors of Delhi who volunteered to take the first jab at various centres to build confidence about the two vaccines among the healthcare workers and the general public.(HT_PRINT)
The beneficiaries on Saturday included some of the leading doctors of Delhi who volunteered to take the first jab at various centres to build confidence about the two vaccines among the healthcare workers and the general public.(HT_PRINT)

Covid-19 vaccine drive kicks off in national capital, 53% turn out for jabs

By Anonna Dutt, Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:51 AM IST
Of the 11 districts in Delhi, the highest turnout was recorded at 71.44% in south Delhi. This was followed by the northwest district where 64% of the 1,100 healthcare workers were given the first dose. The north district vaccinated 32.1% of the total target, the lowest among the 11 districts.
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The officials, according to orders of the administration, are required to address safety concerns of citizens through awareness drives, ongoing door-to-door health surveys and speak over phone with people registered for the vaccination(AP)
The officials, according to orders of the administration, are required to address safety concerns of citizens through awareness drives, ongoing door-to-door health surveys and speak over phone with people registered for the vaccination(AP)

Build confidence in Covid vaccines, govt tells districts

By Abhishek Dey, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:17 AM IST
This week, the revenue districts have been directed to systematically launch awareness programmes focused on confidence-building and addressing vaccine hesitancy.Starting Saturday, Covid vaccine will be administered to health care workers, their numbers estimated at 300,000 in Delhi.
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Medical professionals check vaccine vials at Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital
Medical professionals check vaccine vials at Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital

Hospital staff upbeat a day before first jabs

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:20 AM IST
Staff and technicians at Lok Nayak hospital worked till late evening on Friday to ensure that the vaccination drive on Saturday goes without a hitch. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will flag off the vaccination drive from the hospital at 12 noon.
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City hospitals in mood for celebrations on eve of vaccine roll-out

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:46 PM IST
Three women, who helm a leading private hospital in Delhi, one of the first to start treating the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients, are all set to mark a crucial milestone in their fight against the global pandemic -- the hospital is one of 81 centres in the national capital where the nationwide vaccination drive will kick off at 10
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Govt engages officials to allay fears of vaccine

By Abhishek Dey & Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:45 PM IST
As Delhi prepares to deliver the first jabs to its health care workers, officials of all the districts of the capital have been directed by the administration to build confidence among the masses regarding Covid-19 vaccines
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As per the study, 83% of the LPG burn victims score very low when quizzed about LPG gas and cylinders. (Representational Image)
As per the study, 83% of the LPG burn victims score very low when quizzed about LPG gas and cylinders. (Representational Image)

Cases of LPG injuries rise in Delhi; multiple burns in each: Study

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:25 AM IST
The share of LPG burns – among all flame burns reported at Delhi’s RML hospital – has gone up from 0.1% during the initial round of study between 1993 and 2000 to 27% between 2007 and 2011
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This is the first serological survey being undertaken after the October round, and will likely reflect the surge in infections that took place in November, when Delhi saw its third and worst wave of Covid-19. (Representative Image)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
This is the first serological survey being undertaken after the October round, and will likely reflect the surge in infections that took place in November, when Delhi saw its third and worst wave of Covid-19. (Representative Image)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

5th sero survey begins in Delhi, likely to last 10 days

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 03:14 AM IST
State government officials have started collecting blood samples of over 27,000 people for a fifth round of the serological survey to assess the population’s exposure to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19)
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo)

Capital’s 8,100 warriors will take jabs on V-Day

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:02 AM IST
The vaccination drive will start with 81 vaccination centres where 8,100 healthcare workers will be given the first batch of shots; it will be conducted four days a week
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The districts have also been asked to focus on vaccinating safai karmacharis, ambulance staff, and ward boys in addition to the doctors and nurses, the district officials said. (Representative Image)(Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
The districts have also been asked to focus on vaccinating safai karmacharis, ambulance staff, and ward boys in addition to the doctors and nurses, the district officials said. (Representative Image)(Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)

Healthy and young to get the shot first

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 04:30 AM IST
Those between 20 and 49 years without comorbidities have to be selected in the list of 100 beneficiaries for each of the 89 centres that will kick-start the vaccination drive in Delhi, according to a communication from the state team to the district administrations.
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