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  • India reported 72,330 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday, according to data released by the health ministry. The country's total case load currently stands at 12.22 million. 459 fatalities were also recorded, the death toll now stands at 162,927.
A pedestrian walks past a wall mural depicting frontline Covid-19 coronavirus warriors wearing face masks along a road.
A pedestrian walks past a wall mural depicting frontline Covid-19 coronavirus warriors wearing face masks along a road.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 11:05 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India on Wednesday recorded 72,223 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day rise since October 10. The country is ramping up vaccination drive, as it starts to inoculate individuals above 45 years of age from today.


France is all set to undergo a third lockdown, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday. The World Health Organization report on the origins of Covid-19 was 14 countries including the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Norway was criticised for a lack of access to “complete, original data and samples.” The report detailed four possible scenarios for the outbreak, one of which, the theory of the virus leaking from a lab in Wuhan, was criticised by WHO's director general.

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  • Apr 01, 2021 11:05 PM IST

    3,187 more Covid-19 cases reported from Punjab

    Punjab on Thursday reported 3,187 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day spike so far, and 60 more fatalities due to it. On March 26, the state had seen the maximum daily surge of 3,176 infections.

  • Apr 01, 2021 10:47 PM IST

    Telangana health minister reviews rising Covid-19 cases, vaccination

    With the state witnessing a gradual rise in Covid-19 cases, Telangana health minister Eatala Rajender on Thursday asked health department officials to once again work in a warlike mode to contain the spread of the virus and ensure that necessary medicines and equipment are available in all hospitals, reported news agency PTI.

  • Apr 01, 2021 10:23 PM IST

    Rajasthan's tally climbs to 3,34,499 with 1,350 new Covid-19 cases

    Rajasthan's Covid-19 caseload climbed to 3,34,499 on Thursday with 1,350 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 28,222 as four more people succumbed to the disease, according to an official report cited by news agency PTI.

  • Apr 01, 2021 10:09 PM IST

    India says WHO report on Covid-19 origins an ‘important first step’

    The ministry of external affairs on Thursday said the World Health Organization-convened global study represents an important first step in establishing the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Apr 01, 2021 08:58 PM IST

    Mumbai logs more than 8,600 new Covid-19 cases, 18 fatalities

    Mumbai reports 8,646 new Covid-19 cases, 5,031 recoveries and 18 deaths on Thursday.

  • Apr 01, 2021 08:37 PM IST

    Gujarat reports 2,410 new Covid-19 cases

    Gujarat reports 2,410 fresh Covid cases, 2,015 recoveries, and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours, reports ANI.

  • Apr 01, 2021 07:51 PM IST

    Delhi reports 2,790 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

    Delhi reports 2,790 fresh Covid-19 cases (out of 78,073 tests), 1,121 recoveries, and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours

  • Apr 01, 2021 07:48 PM IST

    Goa logs 265 new Covid-19 cases, one death in last 24 hours

    Goa reports 265 new Covid-19 cases, one fatality. Infection tally rises to 58,304, death toll 831. There are 1,716 active cases in the state at present, reported PTI.

  • Apr 01, 2021 07:24 PM IST

    PM Boris Johnson says France Covid-19 situation sad and can hit UK

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the Covid-19 situation in France was very sad and experience had shown that the disease usually hit the United Kingdom a few weeks after it hurt France, reports Reuters.

  • Apr 01, 2021 06:54 PM IST

    Kerala reports 2,798 new Covid-19 cases

    Kerala reports 2798 new Covid-19 cases. Number of active cases now at 26,201; so far 10,96,239 persons have recovered from the disease.

  • Apr 01, 2021 06:32 PM IST

    Uttarakhand reports 500 new Covid-19 cases

    Uttarakhand reports 500 new Covid-19 positive cases including 236 cases in Dehradun and 149 cases in Haridwar today, taking the total number of cases to 1,00,911.

  • Apr 01, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    Union minister Anurag Thakur receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

  • Apr 01, 2021 05:39 PM IST

    Sweden reports over 8,300 Covid-19 cases

    Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 8,304 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, health agency statistics showed, reports Reuters.

  • Apr 01, 2021 05:06 PM IST

    Maharashtra: Nagpur registers 3,630 new Covid-19 cases

    Nagpur District reported 3,630 new Covid-19 cases, 2,928 recoveries and 60 Death, in the last 24 hours, as per Civil Surgeon, Nagpur, reports ANI.

  • Apr 01, 2021 04:51 PM IST

    Odisha logs 394 new Covid-19 cases

    Odisha's Covid-19 tally mounted to 3,41,311 on Thursday as 394 more people tested positive for the infection, the highest single-day rise so far this year, a health department official said, reports PTI.

  • Apr 01, 2021 04:20 PM IST

    Pfizer-BioNTech say Covid-19 vaccine 91% effective

    Pfizer Inc and BioNTech said on Thursday their Covid-19 vaccine is around 91% effective at preventing the disease, citing updated trial data that included participants inoculated for up to six months, reported Reuters.

  • Apr 01, 2021 03:40 PM IST

    Biden unveils community corps to promote Covid-19 vaccination

    Seeking to overcome vaccine hesitancy, the Biden administration is unveiling a coalition of community, religious and celebrity partners to promote Covid-19 shots, reported AP.

  • Apr 01, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    Sweden to vaccinate adults with first Covid-19 shot by Aug 15 instead of June

    Sweden will start vaccinating its adult population by August 15 and not June, due to a shortage in vaccine doses, reported Reuters. "As the delivery forecast looks today, everyone over 18 should be able to have their first dose of the vaccine at the latest by August 15," Marie Morell, health care chief of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions told Reuters.

  • Apr 01, 2021 03:01 PM IST

    Scientists develop new test to detect Covid-19 quickly and track variants

    Scientists have developed a new test named NIRVANA to test and track for new Covid-19 variants in less amount of time, reported PTI. Adding that within fifteen minutes the test effictively detects if the samples are negative or positive.

  • Apr 01, 2021 01:44 PM IST

    Covid-19 vaccination drive to be carried out on all days of April

    Covid-19 vaccination drive in India will be held on all days of April, including on gazetted holidays, the government announced on Thursday. This has been done to amp up the ongoing country wide inoculation drive.

  • Apr 01, 2021 12:50 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh chief minister, wife get vaccinated against Covid-19

    Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and his wife YS Bharati got vaccinated against Covid-19 in Guntur, reported ANI.

  • Apr 01, 2021 12:47 PM IST

    8 states account for over 84% of new Covid-19 cases

  • Apr 01, 2021 11:30 AM IST

    Union minister Piyush Goyal inoculated with first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

  • Apr 01, 2021 10:08 AM IST

    India records 72,330 new cases of Covid-19, 459 deaths

    India recorded 72,330 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday, taking the country's total case load to 12.22 million. 459 fatalities were also recorded in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 162,927.

  • Apr 01, 2021 09:31 AM IST

    China reports 6 more Covid-19 cases in Yunnan province

    China reported 6 more cases of Covid-19 infections in a southwestern city of Ruili in the Yunan province, which shares a border with Myanmar, reported the Associated Press. This takes the total tally of cases in the province to 15.

  • Apr 01, 2021 07:36 AM IST

    Bappi Lahiri tests positive for Covid-19

    Singer Bappi Lahiri tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai for observation. Read More

  • Apr 01, 2021 07:32 AM IST

    Madras HC orders exhumation and re-burial of Covid-19 victim

    Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered the exhumation and re-burial of the body of Dr Simon Hercules, who died from Covid-19 while treating patients. Read More

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Need a system with no place for discrimination, says PM Modi

The Prime Minister hit out at those attempting to “tarnish the country’s image” abroad by publishing “misinformation”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the programme organised by Brahma Kumaris. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the programme organised by Brahma Kumaris. (PTI)
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Bulli Bai case: Mumbai Police arrest youth from Odisha

The accused, Neeraj Singh, is the fourth person to be arrested by the Mumbai Police, and the fifth overall.
Several of those arrested in the Bulli Bai and Sulli Deals cases were young middle-class techies. (istockphoto)
Several of those arrested in the Bulli Bai and Sulli Deals cases were young middle-class techies. (istockphoto)
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5G roll-out in US: Air India cleared to operate Boeing 777 flights to America

On Tuesday, barring flights to Washington, Air India had cancelled all others to the US due to the roll-out of the new wireless technology and its possible impact on the aircraft navigation system
Air India said it was making arrangements for stranded passengers. (HT/File)
Air India said it was making arrangements for stranded passengers. (HT/File)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 02:09 PM IST
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Afternoon news brief from HT: Army seeks help from PLA for missing Arunachal boy

  • Here are the top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Army has sought assistance from PLA for locating missing Arunachal boy Miram Taron.(Representative image/HT_PRINT)
Army has sought assistance from PLA for locating missing Arunachal boy Miram Taron.(Representative image/HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 01:02 PM IST
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India successfully test-fires new version of BrahMos missile

The missile is produced by BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russia joint venture. It can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land platforms. BrahMos missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound.
An extended-range sea-to-sea variant of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which was successfully test-fired from Indian Navy’s INS Visakhapatnam earlier this month.(ANI File Photo)
An extended-range sea-to-sea variant of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which was successfully test-fired from Indian Navy’s INS Visakhapatnam earlier this month.(ANI File Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 12:43 PM IST
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Army seeks assistance from PLA after Arunachal boy goes missing

  • According to the officials, the teenager who is a native of Zido village in Upper Siang district, was abducted by the PLA on Tuesday.
District authorities said the youth, Miram Taron, a resident of Zido village of Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, was part of a group that was hunting in the border area between both countries (Twitter/TapirGao)
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Published on Jan 20, 2022 12:29 PM IST
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13 Delhi-bound trains cancelled due to thick fog, flight operations unaffected

Delhi and several parts of north India are under cold wave-like condition, with temperature dropping to historic lows in some areas. The air quality in Delhi and NCR cities plunged to ‘very poor’ category on Thursday morning.
The dense fog affected movement of trains headed to Delhi.(ANI Photo)
The dense fog affected movement of trains headed to Delhi.(ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 12:11 PM IST
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‘Attempts being made to tarnish India’s image': PM Modi at Brahma Kumaris event

Brahma Kumaris and other international bodies can counter this by giving correct information to people across the world, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Narendra Modi (ANI)
PM Narendra Modi (ANI)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:54 AM IST
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5G rollout: Boeing clears Air India for flights to US

Due to the 5G rollout, Air India had earlier cancelled more than eight flights to the USA.
Boeing declined to comment on the 5G issues.(File)
Boeing declined to comment on the 5G issues.(File)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:22 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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India sees sharp spike in daily Covid-19 tally with 317,532 cases

As many as 491 infected patients succumbed to Covid-19 on Thursday while 223,990 more recuperated from the viral disease.
On Wednesday, the country registered nearly 283,000 fresh cases, 441 deaths and 188,157 recoveries.
On Wednesday, the country registered nearly 283,000 fresh cases, 441 deaths and 188,157 recoveries.
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 11:37 AM IST
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10 endangered turtles released into the wild in Sunderbans

They have been fitted with GPS transmitters to help experts track them and know about their home range and the habitat
In 2009, the Sunderban Tiger Reserve authorities and the Turtle Survival Alliance started a turtle breeding programme. (HT Photo)
In 2009, the Sunderban Tiger Reserve authorities and the Turtle Survival Alliance started a turtle breeding programme. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 11:27 AM IST
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Widespread rain expected over weekend in north India

A fresh active western disturbance is likely to affect northwest India from Friday and an induced cyclonic circulation is likely to form
Dense fog in the night and morning hours is likely across the region this week. (HT Photo)
Dense fog in the night and morning hours is likely across the region this week. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 08:49 AM IST
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Meghalaya-Assam border dispute: CMs of 2 states to meet Amit Shah today

  • "We will be submitting more or less a common report and then I think the Government of India has to move according to the laws," he also said, as per a PTI report.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma interacts with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma in Guwahati.(ANI)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma interacts with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma in Guwahati.(ANI)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 07:32 AM IST
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Chhattisgarh: Voting in bypolls to elect 504 panchayat representatives begins

The state election commission in Chhattisgarh has made elaborate security arrangements for the panchayat bypolls. The bypolls are being held under the shadow of Covid-19. The state election commission has also directed officials to ensure all Covid protocols are followed.
The voting in Chhattisgarh is being held under the shadow of Covid-19.(Representative Photo)
The voting in Chhattisgarh is being held under the shadow of Covid-19.(Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 07:16 AM IST
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