Rhythma Kaul

Rhythma Kaul works as an assistant editor at Hindustan Times. She covers health and related topics, including ministry of health and family welfare, government of India.

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9 states told to boost Covid testing, vaccination

“Cannot help but re-emphasise the need for ramping up testing in the states and UTs. Those states/UTs that are showing a lower share of RT-PCR are requested to ramp up tests,” Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said. 
Mansukh Mandaviya stressed that vaccination continued to remain a potent tool to fight the virus. In picture - A healthcare worker administers Covid-19 vaccine.(ANI)
Mansukh Mandaviya stressed that vaccination continued to remain a potent tool to fight the virus. In picture - A healthcare worker administers Covid-19 vaccine.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 02:34 AM IST
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Omicron forms nearly 75% of the recently submitted samples to GISAID

The Omicron variant is now in community transmission in India, INSACOG, the Indian Sars-CoV-2 genomics consortium of 10 central and 28 regional laboratories, announced in its Sunday bulletin, based on whole genome sequencing results.
Prayagraj: A health worker collects a swab sample of a man for COVID-19 test, amid concern over rising Omicron cases, in Prayagraj, Monday, January 24, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_24_2022_000170A) (PTI)
Prayagraj: A health worker collects a swab sample of a man for COVID-19 test, amid concern over rising Omicron cases, in Prayagraj, Monday, January 24, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_24_2022_000170A) (PTI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 02:53 AM IST
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Omicron in community transmission: INSACOG

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is now in community transmission in India and has become the dominant strain in multiple major cities, according to the Indian Sars-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) based on whole genome sequencing results of positive Covid-19 samples
Baramulla, Jan 23 (ANI): A beneficiary receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive carried out by the healthcare workers with the help of the Indian Army during heavy snowfall, in Baramulla on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Baramulla, Jan 23 (ANI): A beneficiary receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive carried out by the healthcare workers with the help of the Indian Army during heavy snowfall, in Baramulla on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Jan 24, 2022 06:58 AM IST
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Administer vaccine doses three months after Covid-19 recovery: Centre to states

“Please note that: in case of individuals having lab test proven Sars-2 Covid-19 illness, all Covid vaccination including precaution dose to be deferred by three months after recovery,” additional health secretary Vikas Sheel said in a letter to the states on Friday.
Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 15 to 18 years started from January 3, and administration of the booster dose for health and front-line workers, and people aged 60 years and above with comorbidities started from January 10.(AP)
Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 15 to 18 years started from January 3, and administration of the booster dose for health and front-line workers, and people aged 60 years and above with comorbidities started from January 10.(AP)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 03:11 AM IST
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Centre now allows 6 people to register on one number for Covid vaccination

With some registered beneficiaries receiving erroneous messages regarding their vaccination status, the government also has made a provision for revoking vaccination status in the CoWIN system
Gurugram, Jan 21 (ANI): A healthcare worker inoculates a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-through vaccination drive, at vaccination centre, at Candor TechSpace, Sector-48, in Gurugram on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Yogendra Kumar)
Gurugram, Jan 21 (ANI): A healthcare worker inoculates a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-through vaccination drive, at vaccination centre, at Candor TechSpace, Sector-48, in Gurugram on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Yogendra Kumar)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 04:08 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Now six members can register on CoWIN through one mobile number

Since some registered beneficiaries have been getting erroneous messages regarding their vaccination status, the government has made a provision for revoking vaccination status in the CoWIN system.
The backbone of the Covid-19 vaccine delivery system has been CoWIN, the IT platform modified for implementation of the national immunisation programme. (SHUTTERSTOCK.)
The backbone of the Covid-19 vaccine delivery system has been CoWIN, the IT platform modified for implementation of the national immunisation programme. (SHUTTERSTOCK.)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 07:57 PM IST
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Vaccine shielding India against 3rd wave: Govt

To illustrate the difference, the Union health secretary presented data showing how there were over 3,000 deaths on April 30, when new cases were over 380,000, while now, when 317,000 new cases were added, the number of fatalities was 380.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Civil Hospital in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Civil Hospital in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 04:47 AM IST
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1.2mn people died in 2019 from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections: Study

The study, published in Lancet, is by far the most comprehensive estimate of the global impact of antimicrobial resistance
Hundreds of thousands of deaths now occur due to previously treatable infections as they have become resistant to drugs. (AP/File)
Hundreds of thousands of deaths now occur due to previously treatable infections as they have become resistant to drugs. (AP/File)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 09:56 AM IST
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Sputnik V effective against Omicron, say developers

According to the researchers, boosting with Sputnik Light as part of the “mix and match” approach may help address the lower efficacy of mRNA vaccines against Omicron as well as the documented, quickly waning, efficacy of mRNA vaccines against Covid-19.
The developers said that hard scientific data proves Sputnik V has higher virus neutralizing activity against Omicron as compared to other vaccines.
The developers said that hard scientific data proves Sputnik V has higher virus neutralizing activity against Omicron as compared to other vaccines.
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 06:39 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Panel pitches full market nod for Covaxin, Covishield

As per the process, the drugs controller general of India takes the final call on granting the approval based on the expert panel’s recommendations.
A healthworker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre, in Gurugram. (PTI photo)
A healthworker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre, in Gurugram. (PTI photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 06:08 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Over 50% eligible kids get jabs in two weeks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the milestone as encouraging news and Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said it marked a big day for India’s fight against Covid-19.
Data analysed by HT showed that while the pace has been impressive, especially in the first four days after the vaccination was opened for this age group, there has been a significant slowdown recently.(PTI)
Data analysed by HT showed that while the pace has been impressive, especially in the first four days after the vaccination was opened for this age group, there has been a significant slowdown recently.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 06:04 AM IST
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By, Abhishek Jha, New Delhi

Zydus Covid-19 vaccine hit by delay in supply

Zydus was expected to supply the first batch of its Covid-19 vaccine to the central government around the end of December last year.
Chennai, Jan 18 (ANI): A beneficiary receives a precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a door-to-door vaccination drive, in Chennai on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (L. Anantha Krishnan)
Chennai, Jan 18 (ANI): A beneficiary receives a precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a door-to-door vaccination drive, in Chennai on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (L. Anantha Krishnan)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 05:12 AM IST
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Strategically increase Covid tests: Centre tells states

The ministry asked provincial governments to increase testing as data from the Indian Council of Medical Research’s portal show testing has declined in many states and Union territories.
Amritsar: A healthworker collects a nasal swab sample for COVID-19 test at a hospital in Amritsar, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_18_2022_000092A) (PTI)
Amritsar: A healthworker collects a nasal swab sample for COVID-19 test at a hospital in Amritsar, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_18_2022_000092A) (PTI)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 05:17 AM IST
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Centre revises its guidelines for adult Covid patients’ treatment

The guidelines, drafted by experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research-Covid19 Task Force, AIIMS, and Directorate General of Health Services under health ministry, continue to not recommend medicines such as antibiotics doxycycline and azithromycin, and antiparasitic Ivermectin for mild cases of Covid-19.
A healthcare workers tends to patients at a Covid-19 care centre, in New Delhi, on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
A healthcare workers tends to patients at a Covid-19 care centre, in New Delhi, on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 03:52 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

DCGI needs more safety data for Covaxin nod for under 12

The approval on December 25 from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) came nearly 10 weeks after the subject expert committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) recommended Covaxin’s use in children on October 12 last year.
A Municipal Corporation worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a teenager, at a municipal school in Thane. (PTI)
A Municipal Corporation worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a teenager, at a municipal school in Thane. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 04:45 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Covid vaccination pace in India satisfactory, say experts

India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, has crossed several milestones in its campaign to fully inoculate its population.
Healthcare workers administer a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to frontline workers at Government JP Hospital, in Bhopal on Sunday. (ANI)
Healthcare workers administer a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to frontline workers at Government JP Hospital, in Bhopal on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 01:20 AM IST
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1 year on, 70% adults fully vaccinated: Govt

Marking the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the “exceptional” role of health care workers for a year of hard work.
Experts say vaccination is key in reducing the risk of deaths due to Covid-19 considerably.(REUTERS)
Experts say vaccination is key in reducing the risk of deaths due to Covid-19 considerably.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 06:58 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Govt seeks more data for full market clearance to Covishield, Covaxin

Full market authorisation is granted when there is enough data to demonstrate that the vaccine is safe and effective for most people who receive it.
Patna: A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a teenanger, at SKM Hall in Patna, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_14_2022_000164A) (PTI)
Patna: A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a teenanger, at SKM Hall in Patna, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_14_2022_000164A) (PTI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 01:40 AM IST
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Around 1% active Covid cases in ICUs: India data

The hospitalisation rate seen so far in the current Covid-19 wave has been between 5% and 10% of the active cases, according to the Union health ministry.
According to an HT tracker of 15 regions, almost 85.3% of hospital beds are currently vacant.(AP)
According to an HT tracker of 15 regions, almost 85.3% of hospital beds are currently vacant.(AP)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 12:02 AM IST
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Be proactive but don’t panic, Modi tells CMs

The meeting is the first time Modi met the chief ministers to discuss Covid-19 since the third wave began.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 07:10 AM IST
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Covid-19 testing options enhanced in India: ICMR

India has tested about 700 million samples to detect Covid-19 in the past two years, across 3,128 laboratories.
A healthcare worker collects swab sample for Covid-19 testing at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow on Wednesday. (ANI)
A healthcare worker collects swab sample for Covid-19 testing at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 12:19 AM IST
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Comorbidity rider may be lifted for boosters for above 60: Officials

People above 60 with certain illnesses and those in healthcare and front-line jobs who completed their primary vaccination course more than nine months ago are eligible for ‘precaution dose’ at present
At a vaccination centre in Jammu on Tuesday (PTI)
At a vaccination centre in Jammu on Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 12:12 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Third dose of Covid vaccine takes off, over 1 million inoculated

People familiar with the developments said the vaccination process turned out to be smooth with no major glitches.
A beneficiary receives a 'precautionary’ or third dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Lucknow on Monday. (ANI)
A beneficiary receives a 'precautionary’ or third dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Lucknow on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

No testing required for asymptomatic contacts of Covid patients: ICMR

People with no symptoms in hospitals meant to undergo surgical or any other non-surgical invasive procedures, which includes pregnant women in or nearing labour, do not require to be tested unless warranted or symptoms develop.
People wait in queues to get themselves tested for Covid-19, at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, on Monday. (PTI)
People wait in queues to get themselves tested for Covid-19, at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:24 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Covid third wave: Ramp up health infra, avoid lapses, Centre tells 5 states, UT

The health minister virtually interacted with the state health ministers, principal secretaries, additional chief secretaries, and information commissioners of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Dadra and Nagra Haveli, and Daman and Diu.
Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya holds a meeting with the five state and Union Territories regarding preparedness for third wave of Covid-19 on Monday. (ANI)
Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya holds a meeting with the five state and Union Territories regarding preparedness for third wave of Covid-19 on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Just 5-10% hospitalised in third Covid wave: Centre

Just around 5-10% of active Covid-19 cases have needed hospitalisation in the third Covid wave so far.
Patients wait at the entrance of Christian Medical College hospital for verification process to get admission, as only emergency services are provided by the hospital currently after over 200 staffers tested Covid-19 positive, amid the ongoing third wave of Covid-19, in Vellore on Monday. (PTI)
Patients wait at the entrance of Christian Medical College hospital for verification process to get admission, as only emergency services are provided by the hospital currently after over 200 staffers tested Covid-19 positive, amid the ongoing third wave of Covid-19, in Vellore on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:10 AM IST
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Jab certificates in poll-bound states not to have PM’s photo

  • The move comes as model code of conduct kicks in after poll dates were announced on Saturday.
A woman takes a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine at the District Hospital in Noida’s Sector 30 on Sunday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT photo)
A woman takes a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine at the District Hospital in Noida’s Sector 30 on Sunday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 07:28 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Health staff, senior citizens to get 3rd dose of vaccine from today

The central government has already issued detailed guidelines to all states and Union Territories, and conducted several meetings on how to implement the process smoothly.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to teenager at Patliputra Sport Complex, in Patna, on Sunday. (PTI)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to teenager at Patliputra Sport Complex, in Patna, on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 10, 2022 12:12 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India tally crosses 116k riding on Omicron surge

Thursday’s case count of 116,838 means that daily cases have now grown more than 10-fold in just 10 days (there were just 9,155 new infections on December 28) – a speed of rise in infections previously unseen in the two years of the pandemic in the country.
Pushed by the numbers from these cities, Maharasthra, West Bengal and Delhi, remained the regions reporting the most numbers in the city.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Pushed by the numbers from these cities, Maharasthra, West Bengal and Delhi, remained the regions reporting the most numbers in the city.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 08:13 AM IST
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ByRhythma Kaul and Jamie Mullick, New Delhi

Molnupiravir anti-viral drug showing major concerns: ICMR

The country’s task force on Covid-19 is still deliberating whether to include Molnupiravir in the national protocol for treatment of coronavirus as the oral anti-viral drug has major safety concerns, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Wednesday
Mumbai: A healthcare worker collects a swab sample of a passenger for Covid-19 test, at Bandra Terminus, in Mumbai, Wednesday, January 05, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_05_2022_000161A) (PTI)
Mumbai: A healthcare worker collects a swab sample of a passenger for Covid-19 test, at Bandra Terminus, in Mumbai, Wednesday, January 05, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_05_2022_000161A) (PTI)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 06:20 AM IST
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