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

  • 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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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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Omicron: 10 restrictions Karnataka has imposed amid new variant concerns 

While all states are on their toes for Omicron reported from other countries, Karnataka has upped its guard as the state is seeing cluster outbreak of fresh Covid infections and many travellers have come to the state from South Africa in the past few weeks. 
A civic body marshal asks citizens to wear masks at a crowded market in Bengaluru on Sunday. (PTI)
A civic body marshal asks citizens to wear masks at a crowded market in Bengaluru on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 07:57 PM IST
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Kerala CPI(M) leaders charged with alleged sexual abuse of party worker

“We have recorded the statement of the complainant and search is one for the accused,” a senior police officer of the Pathanamthitta district said
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 07:54 PM IST
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People of Tripura gave clear message: Modi on BJP's win in local body polls

Lauding the BJP's massive win in the local body polls Modi said these blessings gave him and the party greater strength to work for the welfare of each and every person in the hill state.
BJP supporters burn firecrackers outside a counting centre during the Tripura Municipal Corporation Election in Agartala on Sunday. (ANI)
BJP supporters burn firecrackers outside a counting centre during the Tripura Municipal Corporation Election in Agartala on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 07:26 PM IST
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Congress MP writes to Lok Sabha speaker to allow media to cover Parliamentary proceedings again

Since the budget session of Parliament in 2020, media was barred from covering the Parliament proceedings due to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. (ANI File Photo)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 07:17 PM IST
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Reviewing decision to resume international flights, SOPs on testing: Centre

The rising concern over the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, has prompted the government to review the decision. Cases of the new variant have now been reported from Botswana, Hong Kong, South Africa, the UK, Australia, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands etc. The new variant is believed to be more transmissible and immune-evasive.
Currently, Indians are flying to and from India under air bubble arrangements that allow passengers of two countries to fly with some restrictions. (HT PHOTO.)
Currently, Indians are flying to and from India under air bubble arrangements that allow passengers of two countries to fly with some restrictions. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 06:51 PM IST
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R-Day not far, tractors & farmers present: Rakesh Tikait's warning on MSP law

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait further said PM Narendra Modi was a supporter of the MSP when he was the chief minister of Gujarat and wanted a nationwide law to ensure that farmers' interests were guaranteed.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait.(ANI File Photo)
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait.(ANI File Photo)
Updated on Nov 28, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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What do Omicron's 30 mutations signify? AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria explains

Omicorn might render many vaccines less effective as it has many mutations in spike protein, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said. 
Omicron, the new Covid variant, can have many possibilities, Dr Randeep Guleria said. 
Omicron, the new Covid variant, can have many possibilities, Dr Randeep Guleria said. 
Published on Nov 28, 2021 06:10 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Fresh curbs on Karnataka schools as fears of third wave of Covid-19 loom large

The order came at a time when the Bommai government was relaxing restrictions in schools and other places to bring back some semblance of normalcy after almost 18 months of pandemic-induced lockdowns.
The Karnataka government had gone ahead and resumed physical classes for pre-primary students from November, despite opposition from various quarters including a significant section of parents and guardians. (ANI PHOTO.)
The Karnataka government had gone ahead and resumed physical classes for pre-primary students from November, despite opposition from various quarters including a significant section of parents and guardians. (ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Nov 28, 2021 05:48 PM IST
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BJP sweeps Tripura civic polls, TMC & CPI-M fail to open account in most bodies

The saffron camp secured all the wards in the 15-member Khowai Municipal Council, 17-seat Belonia Municipal Council, 15-member Kumarghat Municipal Council and nine-member Sabroom Nagar Panchayat, commission officials said.
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Representational image.
Published on Nov 28, 2021 05:17 PM IST
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News updates from HT: Rahul Gandhi's tweet leads to speculations on social media

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday posted a cryptic tweet in which he said hatred will not win. "Have faith. Don't give up, don't stop," the Congress leader wrote with the hashtag 'we stand united'.(HT File)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday posted a cryptic tweet in which he said hatred will not win. "Have faith. Don't give up, don't stop," the Congress leader wrote with the hashtag 'we stand united'.(HT File)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 05:06 PM IST
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‘This is the end’: Munawar Faruqui cancels show after Bengaluru Police deny permission

Faruqui’s show was scheduled to be held on Sunday evening at Good Shepherd auditorium for the second time in two months
Comedian Munawar Faruqui. (File photo)
Comedian Munawar Faruqui. (File photo)
Updated on Nov 28, 2021 05:07 PM IST
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Rahul Gandhi tweets 'keep faith, hatred won't win'. Social media interprets

Though Rahul Gandhi did not specify any context for his tweet, social media users linked his statement with comedian Munawar Faruqui's hint that he will quit comedy after his Bengaluru show scheduled on Sunday was cancelled.
We stand united, Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter on Sunday. 
We stand united, Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter on Sunday. 
Published on Nov 28, 2021 04:37 PM IST
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TN govt says IIT-M deviated from protocol, state song must be played during all events

Higher education minister K Ponmudi has written a letter to IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi on the issue
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (PTI)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 04:21 PM IST
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Survey shows 30% women across 14 states, UTs justify men beating their wives

Data from the NFHS-5 showed that more than 75% women respondents across three states justified men beating their wives in - Telangana (84%), Andhra Pradesh (84%) and Karnataka (77%).
Harmful gender social norms help justify violence against women and girls.(Representative Image/Shutterstock/HT)
Harmful gender social norms help justify violence against women and girls.(Representative Image/Shutterstock/HT)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 04:19 PM IST
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18 dead in Bengal road accident; Mamata, Amit Shah tweet condolence messages

The driver of the goods vehicle, who died, might have been tired and could not spot the truck due to fog, said a police officer.
Five of the deceased were members of the septuagenarian woman’s family. The rest were her relatives and neighbours who were killed in the accident. (Image used for representation). (GETTY IMAGES.)
Five of the deceased were members of the septuagenarian woman’s family. The rest were her relatives and neighbours who were killed in the accident. (Image used for representation). (GETTY IMAGES.)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 04:18 PM IST
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