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Highlights: Assam flags off India's first vaccination drive for transgenders

Updated on May 14, 2021 11:55 PM IST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in US has eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

A health worker wearing a protective gear walks past Covid-19 coronavirus patients.
A health worker wearing a protective gear walks past Covid-19 coronavirus patients.(AFP)
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India on Friday recorded 343,144 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to Union health ministry dashboard. As many as 4,000 new deaths were also registered. The country has so far reported a total of 24.04 million cases and 262,317 deaths. India is currently reeling under a second Covid-19 wave.


The global Covid-19 disease caseload has climbed to 161,801,680 of which 3,357,598 people have died and 139,607,886 have recovered, according to worldometers.info. The United States continues to remain the worst-hit country from the pandemic with 33,623,676 cases and 598,518 deaths respectively.


Cases of the new B.1.617.2 strain of Covid-19 have risen to 1,313 from 520 over the past week, Public Health England said Thursday, assessing the strain to be “at least as transmissible” as the so-called Kent variant that took hold in December, precipitating the UK’s third lockdown in January.


Meanwhile, in a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in US has eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

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  • May 14, 2021 10:54 PM IST

    University of New South Wales illuminates library to support Indian students in their fight against Covid-19

  • May 14, 2021 09:17 PM IST

    Japan extends Covid-19 state of emergency from 6 to 9 areas as Tokyo Olympic approaches

    Japan on Friday extended the Covid-19 state of emergency in the country from 6 to 9 areas, reported the Associated Press. Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga pledged his commitment to holding the Olympics safely even though public clamour against it has been intensifying in the country.

  • May 14, 2021 08:16 PM IST

    Maharashtra records 39,923 new Covid-19 cases, 695 deaths

    Maharashtra on Friday reported 39,923 cases of Covid-19, taking the state-wide tally to 53,09,215. 695 deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 79,552.

  • May 14, 2021 07:58 PM IST

    Telangana records 4,305 new Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths

  • May 14, 2021 07:47 PM IST

    Total lockdown imposed in parts of Mizoram extended till May 24

    The ongoing total lockdown imposed in Aizwal and other administrative areas of Mizoram has been extended till May 24, reported ANI.

  • May 14, 2021 06:57 PM IST

    Delhi reports 8,506 new Covid-19 cases, 289 deaths in last 24 hours

    With 8,506 new Covid-19 cases and 289 related deaths, Delhi's cases tally reached 1,380,981 and death toll climbed to 20,907, reports ANI.

  • May 14, 2021 06:25 PM IST

    AAP leader Atishi says 1.23 lakh beneficiaries received jabs on May 13 in Delhi

    Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi said that 1.23 lakh beneficiaries received Covid-19 vaccine jabs on May 13 in Delhi. She also said that 43.67 lakh vaccine doses have been administered so far in the national capital and over a million beneficiaries have received both doses, reports PTI.

  • May 14, 2021 05:38 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh records 22,018 new Covid-19 cases, 96 deaths in last 24 hours

    Andhra Pradesh recorded 22,018 new Covid-19 cases and 96 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the state's tally 1,388,803 and death toll to 9,173, reports ANI.

  • May 14, 2021 05:27 PM IST

    Karnataka govt asks citizens who took Covishield first dose to take second dose only after 12 weeks

    The Karnataka health department asked the citizens who took the first dose of Covishield Covid-19 vaccine to appear for the second dose only after 12 weeks following the Centre's latest directive.

  • May 14, 2021 05:14 PM IST

    TN's first oxygen express train from West Bengal delivers 80 MT of medical oxygen

    Tamil Nadu received its first oxygen express train from Durgapur in West Bengal with 80 metric tonnes of medical oxygen, reports PTI.

  • May 14, 2021 05:11 PM IST

    UP sees 15,747 new Covid-19 cases, 312 deaths

    Uttar Pradesh recorded 15,747 new Covid-19 cases and 312 deaths, reports PTI, citing a state health official.

  • May 14, 2021 04:33 PM IST

    Telangana HC stays state govt order to only allow Covid-19 patients with prior hospital tie-up

    The Telangana high court has stayed a state government order allowing only those Covid-19 patients from neighbouring states having a prior tie-up with a hospital.

  • May 14, 2021 03:49 PM IST

    Over 179 million doses delivered in India's Covid-19 vaccination drive, says government

    More than 179 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered under the country's vaccination drive, according to the latest data from the government.

  • May 14, 2021 03:17 PM IST

    Karnataka to float global tender soon to procure Covid-19 vaccines, says CM Yediyurappa

    Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said that the state government will soon float global tenders to procure Covid-19 vaccines, reports ANI.

  • May 14, 2021 03:10 PM IST

    Telangana police stop ambulances with Covid-19 patients from AP without confirmation from hospitals

    The Telangana police stopped ambulances carrying Covid-19 patients from Andhra Pradesh who did not have confirmation from hospitals in Telangana, reports ANI.

  • May 14, 2021 02:04 PM IST

    40 new cases take Covid-19 tally of Andamans to 6,510

    The Covid-19 caseload in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 6,510 as 40 more people tested positive for the disease in the Union Territory, a health department official said on Friday.

  • May 14, 2021 01:28 PM IST

    We are setting up new oxygen beds and buying oxygen cylinders: Arvind Kejriwal

    We are setting up new oxygen beds and buying oxygen cylinders so that when cases rise we are not found lacking: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

  • May 14, 2021 01:18 PM IST

    Delhi registered less than 10k Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours: Arvind Kejriwal

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the national capital has registered less than 10,000 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. "I want to share a good news with you all. In the last 24 hours, Delhi has registered less than 10k Covid-19 cases," he added.

  • May 14, 2021 12:34 PM IST

    China administered total of 366.91 million Covid-19 vaccines doses as of May 13

    China carried out about 12.6 million vaccinations against Covid-19 on May 13, bringing the total number of doses administered to 366.91 million, according to data released by the National Health Commission on Friday.

  • May 14, 2021 12:31 PM IST

    Sputnik V vaccine (imported) to cost 995.40

    Imported Sputnik V to cost 995.40 per shot, doses made in India may be cheaper

  • May 14, 2021 12:29 PM IST

    About 18 crore vaccine doses given so far in country: PM Modi

    PM says about 18 crore vaccine doses given so far in country; both centre, states making efforts to vaccinate all citizens.

  • May 14, 2021 12:28 PM IST

    Dr Reddy's administers first dose of Sputnik V vaccine in Hyderabad

    Dr Reddy's administers first dose of Sputnik V vaccine in Hyderabad: Company statement.

  • May 14, 2021 12:12 PM IST

    Centre should cap prices of all vaccines: Satyendar Jain

    Central govt is a partner in Covaxin's manufacturing so they can share the formula with others. Centre should cap prices of all vaccines and it should not be more than 150/dose... We will start vaccination for 45 yrs and above age group in govt schools soon: Delhi Health Minister

  • May 14, 2021 11:53 AM IST

    Covaxin stock has almost ended: Satyendar Jain

    Covaxin stock has almost ended. We only have 2-3 days of stock for Covishield vaccines for 18- 44 years of age group. We can't mix already assigned centers for Covaxin and Covishield vaccines: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

  • May 14, 2021 11:49 AM IST

    German curbs set to ease after Covid cases fall below key level

    Germany’s pandemic restrictions could ease further in the coming days after the national contagion rate fell below a key level for the first time in nearly two months.

  • May 14, 2021 11:38 AM IST

    Origins of Covid-19 need to be investigated further, leading scientists say

    The origin of the novel coronavirus is still unclear and there is not yet enough evidence to say conclusively if it occurred naturally or was caused by a laboratory leak, a group of senior scientists said in a letter.

  • May 14, 2021 11:17 AM IST

    ‘Covid Zero’ havens find reopening harder than taming virus

    A smattering of places, mainly across the Asia Pacific region, have seen breathtaking victories in the battle against Covid-19 by effectively wiping it out within their borders. Now they face a fresh test: rejoining the rest of the world, which is still awash in the pathogen.

  • May 14, 2021 11:07 AM IST

    Mizoram reports 201 fresh Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 8,377

    Mizoram reported 201 fresh Covid-19 cases, including security personnel and an infant, pushing the tally to 8,377, an official said on Friday.

  • May 14, 2021 10:53 AM IST

    Singapore tightens Covid-19 curbs on social gatherings, dining

    Singapore announced on Friday the strictest curbs on social gatherings and public activities since easing a Covid-19 lockdown last year, amid a rise in locally acquired infections and with new coronavirus clusters forming in recent weeks.

  • May 14, 2021 10:25 AM IST

    Covid-19: Australia to resume repatriation flights from India

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday said the temporary pause on flights from India to Australia will end at May 14 midnight and facilitated commercial flights by the Australian Government will resume as promised, with a strict pre-flight testing regime.

  • May 14, 2021 10:15 AM IST

    Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble in doubt as Covid cases rise

    A quarantine-free travel agreement between Hong Kong and Singapore due to start on May 26 may not go ahead due to a rise in coronavirus cases in Singapore.

  • May 14, 2021 09:55 AM IST

    Thane district reports 1,782 new Covid-19 cases, 70 deaths

    With the addition of 1,782 new coronavirus cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra rose to 4,96,104, an official said on Friday.

  • May 14, 2021 09:30 AM IST

    India logs 343,144 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours

    India on Friday registered 343,144 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country's total coronavirus infection tally past the 24-million mark. 4,000 new fatalities were recorded, taking the death toll to 262,317. The country's total case count has now reached 24,046,809, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard.

  • May 14, 2021 09:10 AM IST

    As many as 18,75,515 samples were tested yesterday: ICMR

    As many as 31,13,24,100 samples have been tested in the country up till May 13 including 18,75,515 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

  • May 14, 2021 09:08 AM IST

    Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 11,336

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 11,336 to 3,577,040, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. The reported death toll rose by 190 to 85,848, the tally showed.

  • May 14, 2021 08:45 AM IST

    Odisha reports 12,390 new Covid-19 cases

    Odisha reports 12,390 new Covid-19 cases, 8,665 recoveries and 22 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Total cases: 5,88,687

    Total recovered cases: 4,82,345

    Death toll: 2,273

    Active cases: 1,04,016

  • May 14, 2021 08:06 AM IST

    Chinese firm's Covid-19 drug claims draw scientists' skepticism

    Chinese biotech firm Kintor Pharmaceutical Limited [9939.HK] saw its stock price jump by more than 20% the day after it announced on April 25 that it had "completed the first patient enrollment and dosing" in a late-stage U.S. clinical trial of its experimental Covid-19 treatment.

  • May 14, 2021 07:47 AM IST

    UK anxious about Indian coronavirus variant, Johnson says

    Britain's government is anxious about the spread of the Covid-19 variant first detected in India and rules nothing out to tackle a sharp rise in cases of it, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

  • May 14, 2021 07:45 AM IST

    India should collaborate with other countries to ramp up Covid vaccine capability, says Fauci

    Dr Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration's top medical adviser on Thursday (local time) said that it is imperative for India to collaborate with other countries, and companies to ramp up its vaccine production capability to vaccinate country's huge population against Covid-19.

  • May 14, 2021 07:14 AM IST

    Chinese firm's Covid-19 drug claims draw scientists' skepticism

    Chinese biotech firm Kintor Pharmaceutical Limited [9939.HK] saw its stock price jump by more than 20% the day after it announced on April 25 that it had "completed the first patient enrollment and dosing" in a late-stage U.S. clinical trial of its experimental Covid-19 treatment.

  • May 14, 2021 06:35 AM IST

    Taiwan premier says no need to raise Covid-19 alert level for now

    Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Friday that there is no need to raise the island's Covid-19 alert level for the time being and that compared with last year it has more experience and resources to fight the pandemic.

  • May 14, 2021 06:04 AM IST

    Uttarakhand: All shops of Public Distribution System to open for 3 hours from today till May 18

    The Uttarakhand government on Thursday announced that all shops of the Public Distribution System will open for 3 hours ( i.e. from 7 am to 10 am) from May 14 till May 18.

  • May 14, 2021 05:48 AM IST

    It's a great day: Biden praises US CDC's new guidelines on no mask usage for vaccinated people

    US president Joe Biden on Wednesday (local time) praised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest guidelines on removing the requirement of masks for fully vaccinated people, but cautioned those not vaccinated to protect themselves unless they have reached the finish line.

  • May 14, 2021 05:33 AM IST

    Brazil to pause production of AstraZeneca vaccine due to lack of ingredients

    Brazil's Fiocruz biomedical institute said on Thursday it would interrupt production of the AstraZeneca vaccine for certain days next week due to a lack of ingredients, until new supplies arrive on May 22.

  • May 14, 2021 05:28 AM IST

    Indian-Americans have been pillar of support in fight against Covid-19: Ambassador Sandhu

    Indian-Americans have been a pillar of support for India in its fight against Covid-19, Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.

  • May 14, 2021 05:21 AM IST

    Qatar sends consignment of medical supplies to India

    Qatar on Thursday sent a consignment of medical supplies including 200 oxygen concentrators, 40 ventilators and 4,300 Remdesivir vials to India as the latter reels from a devastating Covid-19 crisis.

  • May 14, 2021 05:20 AM IST

    Special flight from South Korea carrying medical aid arrives at Delhi airport

    A special flight from South Korea carrying medical aid arrived at the Delhi airport.

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India to assume chairmanship of Wassenaar Arrangement on January 1, 2023

Published on Dec 01, 2022 09:50 PM IST

India joined the Wassenaar Arrangement, a multilateral export control regime, in December 2017 as its 42nd participating state

India’s ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar, who is the permanent representative to the UN and international organisations in Vienna, was handed over the chairmanship by Ambassador Eoin O’Leary of Ireland (Twitter/IndiainAustria)
India’s ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar, who is the permanent representative to the UN and international organisations in Vienna, was handed over the chairmanship by Ambassador Eoin O’Leary of Ireland (Twitter/IndiainAustria)

Digi Yatra rolls out at three airports today

Published on Dec 01, 2022 09:49 PM IST

Domestic passengers at three airports, including Delhi’s, will be now able to authenticate their travel through facial recognition, as the first phase of the Digi Yatra system rolls out.

HT Image
HT Image

India still pursuing case of eight ex-Indian Navy personnel detained in Qatar

Updated on Dec 01, 2022 10:20 PM IST

The Indian side is also seeking further consular access to the men, who were all detained on August 30. Qatari authorities are yet to officially state why they were detained.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said some of the detained men with families in Doha are being allowed to meet them on a weekly basis. (File Photo/ANI)
External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said some of the detained men with families in Doha are being allowed to meet them on a weekly basis. (File Photo/ANI)

HT This Day: Dec 4, 1987 -- Nine IPKF men among 43 killed

Published on Dec 01, 2022 09:25 PM IST

Nine IPKF personnel, including an Army Major and a Junior Commissioned Officer, were killed and 10 others injured in a grim battle with the LTTE at Ottamawadi, about 32 km north of Batticaloa in the eastern province, which began yesterday afternoon.

HT This Day: Dec 4, 1987 -- Nine IPKF men among 43 killed
HT This Day: Dec 4, 1987 -- Nine IPKF men among 43 killed

Daily brief: Delhi stings Beijing on protest over India-US exercise

Published on Dec 01, 2022 09:22 PM IST

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Indian and US Army personnel during a humanitarian and disaster relief exercise (HADR) amid the Indo-US joint exercise 'Yudh Abhyas', in Tapovan, Uttarakhand, Wednesday, November. 30, 2022. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)
Indian and US Army personnel during a humanitarian and disaster relief exercise (HADR) amid the Indo-US joint exercise 'Yudh Abhyas', in Tapovan, Uttarakhand, Wednesday, November. 30, 2022. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)

HT This Day: Dec 2, 1968 -- City people have forgotten how to live, laments author

Published on Dec 01, 2022 08:35 PM IST

“In small towns,” said Mr Narayan, sipping his tea as we sat atop a building not far from India Gate, “you do not meet the cocktail round and the rest of the stereotyped crowds. You can stop a man in a small town bazar and talk to him about his grandchildren, but not in a city where people do not have time to notice life.”

HT This Day: Dec 2, 1968 -- City people have forgotten how to live, laments author
HT This Day: Dec 2, 1968 -- City people have forgotten how to live, laments author

Expect Russia to be part of all processes, says India on G20 presidency

Updated on Dec 01, 2022 08:53 PM IST

India, which began its year-long G20 presidency on Thursday, and Indonesia, the previous president, played a key role in finalising a joint communique at the Bali summit amid deep divisions between Russia and the West.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AFP)

Addanda Cariappa files police complaint over alleged death threats

Published on Dec 01, 2022 08:03 PM IST

Cariappa faced criticism for his book which was released on November 13. The book allegedly portrays hatred towards the Muslim community and 18th-century ruler Tipu Sultan

Author and director of controversial Kannada book and play titled ‘Tipu Nijakanasugalu’ Addanda Cariappa (PTI Photo)
Author and director of controversial Kannada book and play titled ‘Tipu Nijakanasugalu’ Addanda Cariappa (PTI Photo)

MEA reacts after South Korean YouTuber harassed in Mumbai

Published on Dec 01, 2022 07:58 PM IST

The South Korean YouTuber was reportedly harassed by a man on a Mumbai street while she was live streaming. The video of the incident went viral after a user named Aditya shared it on Twitter.

The spokesperson said that the MEA will get involved in the case if it becomes a consulate aspect. (ANI)
The spokesperson said that the MEA will get involved in the case if it becomes a consulate aspect. (ANI)

‘Didn’t give veto power’: Delhi stings Beijing on protest over India-US exercise

Updated on Dec 01, 2022 08:55 PM IST

External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi responded to the criticism from Beijing, saying the Chinese side “needs to reflect and think about its own breach of these agreements of 1993 and 1996”.

Tapovan: Indian and US Army personnel during a humanitarian and disaster relief exercise (HADR) amid the Indo-US joint exercise 'Yudh Abhyas', in Uttarakhand on Wednesday. (PTI)
Tapovan: Indian and US Army personnel during a humanitarian and disaster relief exercise (HADR) amid the Indo-US joint exercise 'Yudh Abhyas', in Uttarakhand on Wednesday. (PTI)

On India’s G20 presidency, Jaishankar lists why these are challenging times

Published on Dec 01, 2022 07:01 PM IST

NEW DELHI: India is assuming the G20 presidency in challenging circumstances but will push the world’s biggest economies to find collective solutions to issues such as climate change and multilateral reforms while highlighting the concerns of developing nations, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the University Connect program on G20, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (ANI/PIB)
New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the University Connect program on G20, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (ANI/PIB)

‘Vizhinjam violence was premeditated, with ulterior motive’: Pinarayi Vijayan

Published on Dec 01, 2022 06:06 PM IST

Kerala DGP Anil Kant said CCTV footage and other evidence will be examined to identify those who had a role in the violence and stringent action will be taken against them

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan credited the restraint shown by police personnel for why things didn’t turn out the way the attackers intended and the government realises this. (ANI File)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan credited the restraint shown by police personnel for why things didn’t turn out the way the attackers intended and the government realises this. (ANI File)

Evening brief: Amit Shah’s ‘ballot box’ reply to Kharge’s 'Ravan' remark on PM

Published on Dec 01, 2022 04:58 PM IST

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Amit Shah said Modi has provided long-term solutions to many of the state's basic needs problems. (PTI)
Amit Shah said Modi has provided long-term solutions to many of the state's basic needs problems. (PTI)

Y S Sharmila meets governor Soundararajan over attacks on her march in Telangana

Published on Dec 01, 2022 04:45 PM IST

She submitted a memorandum to Soundararajan over a possible threat to the lives of her party workers and continued attacks on her march days after TRS workers allegedly attacked it in Warangal on Monday

Y S Sharmila handing over a memorandum to Tamilisai Soundararajan. (Sourced)
Y S Sharmila handing over a memorandum to Tamilisai Soundararajan. (Sourced)

‘MDB reform to scale up climate finance to developing nations to be discussed at G20’

Updated on Dec 01, 2022 04:18 PM IST

World Bank’s country director Auguste Tano Kouamé said the MDB reform should be discussed at length at G20 and India will play a big role being the Presidency.

Children from marginalised community train to twirl plastic hoops as they learn the art of balance taught and organised by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) - Pratyek to enable children to use performing art to highlight issues like child rights and climate change. (AFP File Photo)
Children from marginalised community train to twirl plastic hoops as they learn the art of balance taught and organised by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) - Pratyek to enable children to use performing art to highlight issues like child rights and climate change. (AFP File Photo)
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