File photo: A long queue of people for Covid-19 test. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
File photo: A long queue of people for Covid-19 test. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

Highlights: Brazil reports first case of South African Covid-19 variant

Globally, more than 132 million people have been affected by the disease that was declared a pandemic last year and over 2.8 million people have lost their lives, as per the John Hopkins University tracker.
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2021 12:02 AM IST

The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) case tally in the country currently stands at over 12.68 million with the active caseload at more than 788,000, as per the Union health ministry. The country is witnessing a worrying trend of rising Covid-19 cases that led many states to impose stricter curbs to control the spread of the virus. The toll has reached over 165,000 as India reported 446 deaths in the last 24 hours on Tuesday, according to the health ministry.


On Tuesday, the 81st day of the vaccination, the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 8.40 crore.


Globally, more than 132 million people have been affected by the disease that was declared a pandemic last year and over 2.8 million people have lost their lives due to Covid-19, as per the John Hopkins University tracker. Cofepris, Mexico’s health regulator has authorised the emergency use of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by India, Covaxin, Reuters quoted its foreign minister Marcelo Ebard as saying. South Korea witnessed the biggest jump in the number of daily Covid-19 cases in three months as it reported 668 new cases and US President Joe Biden wants all adults to be eligible for the vaccine by April 19, reported Bloomberg.

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  • APR 07, 2021 11:45 PM IST

    Brazil reports first case of South African Covid-19 variant

    Brazil on Wednesday recorded the first case of the South African variant of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as the country is already witnessing the highest deaths across the world due to the local variant.

  • APR 07, 2021 11:24 PM IST

    Lucknow to be under night curfew from April 8 between 9 pm to 6 am

    Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow will be placed under night curfew restrictions from April 8 between 9 pm to 6 am, Police Commissioner DK Thakur told news agency ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 11:11 PM IST

    Jharkhand reports 1,312 new Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

    Jharkhand reports 1,312 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths, taking the state's tally to 130,908 cases and the death toll reached 1,151, reports ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 10:49 PM IST

    Pune district reports 10,907 new Covid-19 cases, 62 deaths in last 24 hours

    With 10,907 new Covid-19 cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours, Pune's Covid-19 tally reached 604,037 cases and death toll climbed to 10,402, reports ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 09:20 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 59,907 new Covid-19 cases, 322 deaths in 24 hours

    With 59,907 new Covid-19 cases and 322 deaths, Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally reached 3,173,261 cases and death toll climbed to 59,907.

    Mumbai city reported 10,442 new cases and 24 related deaths which took the city's tally to 483,042 cases and 11,856 deaths.

  • APR 07, 2021 09:13 PM IST

    India's Covid-19 vaccination drive completes administering over 88 million doses

    More than 88 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the country, according to the Union health ministry.

  • APR 07, 2021 09:00 PM IST

    Union health ministry asks Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab to improve Covid-19 vaccination drive

    Addition secretary to the Union health ministry Manohar Agnani asked the Principal health secretaries of Delhi, Maharashtra and Punjab to undertake corrective actions for improving the Covid-19 vaccination drive, reports ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 08:52 PM IST

    Punjab reports 2,997 new Covid-19 cases, 63 deaths

    With 2,997 new Covid-19 cases and 63 new deaths, Punjab's tally reached 260,020 and death toll climbed to 7,278, according to a bulletin from the state government.

  • APR 07, 2021 08:02 PM IST

    Karnataka reports close to 7,000 new Covid-19 cases, 35 deaths

    Karnataka's Covid-19 tally reached 1,033,560 cases and death toll climbed to 12,731 as the state reported 6,976 new cases and 35 fatalities, according to a bulletin from the state government.

  • APR 07, 2021 06:40 PM IST

    Union health minister says states trying to divert attention from failure after complains of Covid-19 vaccine shortages surface

    Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan says that some states are trying divert attentions from their failure to contain the Covid-19 infection spread, after some state governments complained of vaccine shortage, reports ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 05:58 PM IST

    Watch | ‘Mumbai facing Covid vaccine shortage, stock may exhaust in 2-3 days’: Mayor

    Mumbai Mayor said that there is a shortage of Covid-19 vaccine doses in the city. Kishori Pednekar added that vaccine supplies in Mumbai will be over in three days.

  • APR 07, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    Chhattisgarh home minister announces separate centres for Covid-19 patients requiring ventilator, oxygen

    Chhattisgarh home minister Tamradhwaj Sahu has announced that separate centres would be made for Covid-19 patients coming for check-up, requiring ventilator, oxygen. He also urged patients to not delay Covid-19 treatment, reports ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 05:13 PM IST

    Nagpur reports 5,338 new Covid-19 cases, 66 deaths in last 24 hours

    With 5,338 new Covid-19 cases and 66 deaths in the last 24 hours, Nagpur's Covid-19 tally reached 254,221 cases and death toll climbed to 5,504, reports ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 05:05 PM IST

    Covid-19: 10,619,190 vaccine doses supplied to Maharashtra so far, says government sources

    Government sources say that so far, 10,619,190 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been supplied to Maharashtra and another 743,280 doses are in pipeline, report ANI.

    Click here to read Maharashtra health minister's comments

  • APR 07, 2021 04:50 PM IST

    Covid-19: Raipur district to be declared a containment zone, borders to be sealed from April 9 to 19

    Raipur district collector S Bharathi Dasan has said that the district will be declared a containment zone and its borders will remain sealed between 6pm on April 9 and 6am on April 19, reports ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 04:39 PM IST

    Chandigarh: Night curfew between 10.30pm and 5am to bar all non-essential activities

    New restrictions in Chandigarh has prohibited all non-essential movement in the state between 10,30pm and 5am due to rising Covid-19 cases. However, hospitals, chemist shops and ATMs and inter-state, intra-state movement of goods are exempted, reports ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 04:15 PM IST

    Karnataka imposes restrictions under Sec 144 in Bengaluru city limits as Covid-19 infections surge

    Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government on Wednesday ordered that restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC will be implemented in the city limits to contain the gathering of crowds.

    Click here to read more

  • APR 07, 2021 04:13 PM IST

    ‘Covid second wave mostly infecting young adults and children’: LNJP MD

    Amid surge in Covid cases in the national capital, Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, Dr Suresh Kumar informed that mostly young adults, pregnant women and children are getting infected this time.

  • APR 07, 2021 03:17 PM IST

    CM Amarinder Singh lists out new Covid-19 restrictions imposed in Punjab

    Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh shared a list of new rules imposed in the state due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

  • APR 07, 2021 02:53 PM IST

    Gujarat police collect 2.66 crores as fine people violating Covid-19 norms

    Gujarat police collected fines worth 2.66 crores in four days from people who were found without masks and those spitting in public places, reports PTI.

  • APR 07, 2021 02:07 PM IST

    Punjab imposes statewide night curfew from 9pm to 5am

    Punjab Government imposes night curfew from 9pm-5am across the entire state till April 30, also bans political gatherings in the state.

  • APR 07, 2021 01:20 PM IST

    2000 more beds added in hospitals, says Satyendar Jain as Covid-19 rise in Delhi

    Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday informed that the number of beds in hospitals has been increased by more than 2,000 in the past 3 days in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in the national capital, reported ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 12:27 PM IST

    Odisha reports 791 new Covid-19 cases

    Odisha reported 791 new Covid-19 cases, 266 recoveries and 1 death on April 6, reported ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 11:56 AM IST

    Omar Abdullah receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

    National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar, reported ANI.

  • APR 07, 2021 11:14 AM IST

    Arunachal Pradesh logs two new Covid-19 cases

    Two more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, raising the caseload to 16,853, a senior health department official said on Wednesday, reported PTI.

  • APR 07, 2021 10:37 AM IST

    Mizoram reports 8 new Covid-19 cases

    At least eight more people, including two children, tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram, pushing the tally to 4,508, an official said on Wednesday, reported PTI.

  • APR 07, 2021 10:07 AM IST

    PM Modi urges people to take all precautions against Covid-19

    On the occasion of the World Health Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged people to focus on fighting Covid-19 by taking all precautions, including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands and following other protocols, reported PTI.

  • APR 07, 2021 09:23 AM IST

    India reports 115,736 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

    The number of new Covid-19 infections in India crosses 100,000 mark again as the country reported 115,736 new cases and 630 deaths in last 24 hours, as per the Union health ministry data.

  • APR 07, 2021 09:13 AM IST

    Over 251 million Covid-19 tests conducted so far

    25,14,39,598 samples tested for Covid-19, up to April 6. Of these, 12,08,329 samples were tested yesterday, said Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

  • APR 07, 2021 08:34 AM IST

    North Korea continues to claim no Covid-19 case

    North Korea continues to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus in its latest report to the World Health Organization, reported AP.

  • APR 07, 2021 08:06 AM IST

    Cambodian PM orders home treatments for Covid-19 patients as hospitals near capacity

    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered health officials on Tuesday to prepare to treat coronavirus patients at home, as the country's biggest Covid-19 outbreak so far tests the capacity of its fragile healthcare system, reported Reuters.

  • APR 07, 2021 07:37 AM IST

    China reports 12 new Covid-19 cases

    China reported 12 new Covid-19 cases in the mainland for April 6, down from 24 a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Wednesday, reported Reuters.

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Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel was the Congress election observer for Assam, he spent several weeks in the state before the polls. (PTI Photo)
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel was the Congress election observer for Assam, he spent several weeks in the state before the polls. (PTI Photo)

Assam: Congress ally BPF’s candidates holed up in Chhattisgarh resort

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Addressing an all-party meeting last week, CM Thackeray had hinted at the imposition of an extended lockdown in the state to curb the surge in cases.(ANI)

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to address state at 8:30pm over Covid-19

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US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry (L) and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. (File photo)

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On Monday, Chhattisgarh recorded 13,576 fresh cases including 3,442 and 1,591 in the two worst-hit districts of Raipur and Durg respectively. (PTI Photo)

Record 132 Covid deaths in Chhattisgarh on Monday, new cremation grounds opened

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People wearing protective masks stand outside a railway station amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Mumbai, India, April 13, 2021.(Reuters)

India Covid-19 second wave has crossed previous spike, worrying: Govt

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2021 06:36 PM IST
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Representational image. (REUTERS)
Representational image. (REUTERS)

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Data shows that since April 1, 861 people have died due to Covid-19 in Chhattisgarh, with Raipur reporting 305 fatalities and Durg 213. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

As bodies of Covid-19 victims pile up in Chhattisgarh, health minister reacts

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 04:52 PM IST
Chhattisgarh reported 13,576 Covid-19 cases and 107 deaths on Monday, according to officials. They also said that Chhattisgarh recorded 668 deaths in the last one week after 132 Covid-19 patients succumbed on Monday.
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Karnataka issues Covid-19 related guidelines for Ramadan, no large gatherings

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2021 06:29 PM IST
Large gatherings will continue to be prohibited, wearing face masks has been made mandatory and mosques in containment zones will remain closed till the zone is denotified, according to the guidelines.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat addresses during a meeting over the forest fire in Dehradun on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat addresses during a meeting over the forest fire in Dehradun on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

News updates from HT: Uttarakhand CM shortens night curfew timings for festivals

PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 04:43 PM IST
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S Jaishankar. (via REUTERS)
S Jaishankar. (via REUTERS)

Raisina Dialogue: Jaishankar roots for more vaccine production facilities in India

PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 04:26 PM IST
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar had undergone an emergency endoscopy for the removal of a stone from his bile duct at the hospital on March 30.(File photo)

Sharad Pawar to be discharged from hospital in 2 days, says deputy CM Ajit

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 04:25 PM IST
Ajit Pawar and his wife met the Pawar senior at the Breach Candy hospital.
Hindu devotees wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus stand in a queue to offer prayers inside a temple dedicated to goddess Kali in Jammu, India, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP)
Hindu devotees wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus stand in a queue to offer prayers inside a temple dedicated to goddess Kali in Jammu, India, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP)

Covid-19 cases in Jammu see seven-fold increase in nearly a month

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PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 04:19 PM IST
Some districts in Jammu and Kashmir which were earlier declared "coronavirus-free" are now reporting new cases as the country reels under a second wave of Covid-19 infections.
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The Election Commission barred Mamata Banerjee (in picture) from campaigning for 24 hours, saying that the Trinamool Congress chief violated the model code of conduct and made “highly insinuating and provocative remarks.”(ANI Photo)

‘Ensure a level playing field’: Stalin tweets, other leaders also support Mamata

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 04:08 PM IST
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KT Jaleel quit his post in the Kerala cabinet on Tuesday, days after the Lokayukta order holding him guilty of abuse of power. (File Photo)
KT Jaleel quit his post in the Kerala cabinet on Tuesday, days after the Lokayukta order holding him guilty of abuse of power. (File Photo)

KT Jaleel quits Kerala cabinet | Here's all you need to know

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PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 03:48 PM IST
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Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat shortened the night curfew in the state which will now be imposed from 10:30 pm to 5 am now. (PTI)
Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat shortened the night curfew in the state which will now be imposed from 10:30 pm to 5 am now. (PTI)

Uttarakhand CM Rawat shortens night curfew timing, cites festival celebrations

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 03:21 PM IST
The state has imposed a night curfew in Dehradun from 10pm to 5am to combat Covid-19.
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