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US allows entry to fully vaccinated foreigners from November 8

  • The measures are the biggest changes to US travel policy since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, and replace a system that flatly barred most foreign nationals coming directly from certain places, including Europe, India, Brazil and China.
The Nov. 8 date applies to a change in air travel rules, as well as an opening along land borders with Canada and Mexico announced earlier this week.(Bloomberg)
The Nov. 8 date applies to a change in air travel rules, as well as an opening along land borders with Canada and Mexico announced earlier this week.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 09:16 PM IST
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MK Stalin writes to 4 state CMs regarding blanket firecracker ban

Expressing his concerns about the crippling effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, Stalin said that the lives of around eight lakh workers who depend on the firecracker industry would be affected due to the ban.
Stalin said that the firecracker industry, concentrated around the Sivakasi town in TN, was one of the “most important” industrial activities.(Representational image)
Stalin said that the firecracker industry, concentrated around the Sivakasi town in TN, was one of the “most important” industrial activities.(Representational image)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 05:28 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Leading epidemiologist on WHO's shortlist for panel on origins of novel pathogen

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, a former head scientist at the ICMR, is among 26 names proposed by the world health body for its Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO).
Dr Raman Gangakhedkar (File Photo/ANI)
Dr Raman Gangakhedkar (File Photo/ANI)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 04:24 PM IST
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UK offers visas to foreign butchers after farms forced to kill 6,000 pigs

  • The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and Brexit have led to a shortage of workers up to a point that thousands of animals had to be culled on farms.
According to Bloomberg, about 120,000 pigs had nowhere to go at the start of October which could have resulted in massive “welfare” culls.(Reuters)
According to Bloomberg, about 120,000 pigs had nowhere to go at the start of October which could have resulted in massive “welfare” culls.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 04:19 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19 in UK: At least 43,000 might have received false negative test results

The UK health security agency (UKHSA) announced that the lab in Central England’s Wolverhampton has been suspended from carrying out RT-PCR tests after reports of false-negative test results.
Currently, Britain carries out about a million Covid-19 tests in a day.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Currently, Britain carries out about a million Covid-19 tests in a day.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 03:56 PM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Odisha CM Patnaik to not celebrate birthday due to Covid-19 crisis

Naveen Patnaik had chosen not to celebrate the occasion in 2019 due to Cyclone Fani and also in 2018 owing to Cyclone Titli. Both the storms had battered Odisha.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik. (ANI file photo)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik. (ANI file photo)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 02:12 PM IST
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Covid-19 deaths cross 10,000-mark in Haryana after 174 fatalities found in audit

According to the health department's daily bulletin on Wednesday, the death toll was at 9,875. However, another bulletin issued on Thursday showed the total death count at 10,049.
The state reported 16 fresh cases, six of them from Gurugram, pushing the total case tally in the state to 7,71,035.(HT file photo)
The state reported 16 fresh cases, six of them from Gurugram, pushing the total case tally in the state to 7,71,035.(HT file photo)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 10:45 AM IST
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In Vijaya Dashami speech, Mohan Bhagwat talks about Taliban, population policy

The RSS chief said India must be “prepared for all possibilities” as the government will hold talks with the Taliban and cautioned against the support shown to them by Russia, Turkey, China and Pakistan.
The Vijay Dashami address of the RSS chief is considered the most important event for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.(ANI Photo)
The Vijay Dashami address of the RSS chief is considered the most important event for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.(ANI Photo)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 09:40 AM IST
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Australian's New South Wales to end quarantine for vaccinated travellers

  • State Premier Dominic Perrottet announced that vaccinated travellers who tested negative to Covid-19 before flying to Sydney would be spared 14 days in hotel quarantine from Nov. 1.
Australia’s most populous state New South Wales said on Friday said it would end hotel quarantine for vaccinated international travellers as the government accelerates the wind back of pandemic restrictions. (HT Photo/Satyabrata Tripathy)
Australia’s most populous state New South Wales said on Friday said it would end hotel quarantine for vaccinated international travellers as the government accelerates the wind back of pandemic restrictions. (HT Photo/Satyabrata Tripathy)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 09:37 AM IST
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In a first, Delhi to mark ‘virtual’ Dussehra today with electronic fireworks

Dussehra 2021: Ramlila committees in Delhi have reduced the size of these folklore re-enactments effigies this year due to the Covid-19 situation and concerns regarding pollution.
Dussehra 2021: The Ramlila is a cycle of plays that recounts the epic story of Lord Rama, particularly relating to the dramatic plays and dance events staged during the annual autumn festival of Navratri. (File Photo)
Dussehra 2021: The Ramlila is a cycle of plays that recounts the epic story of Lord Rama, particularly relating to the dramatic plays and dance events staged during the annual autumn festival of Navratri. (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 09:29 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Active Covid-19 cases drop below 30,000 in Maharashtra

As an indication of a decline in the Covid-19 cases, the active infections in Maharashtra have now dipped to below 30,000
On Thursday, the state recorded 29,560 active cases. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
On Thursday, the state recorded 29,560 active cases. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 09:10 AM IST
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Not just UK, over 30 nations now recognise India's Covid-19 vaccine certificate

Meanwhile, India on Thursday administered more than 27 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines; with this, the number of vaccine doses given so far across the country has crossed 97 crore. 
India's Covid-19 vaccine certificate is gradually being recognised across the world. (File Photo / AP)
India's Covid-19 vaccine certificate is gradually being recognised across the world. (File Photo / AP)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 08:09 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India reopens to foreign tourists on chartered flights from today. Details here

India begins granting tourist visas to foreign travellers intending to visit the country on chartered flights from today, while visas for those on regular flights will be granted from November 15.
Foreign tourists visiting India on chartered flights will be granted a tourist visa from today, while those intending to visit the country on regular flights will have to wait one more month. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Foreign tourists visiting India on chartered flights will be granted a tourist visa from today, while those intending to visit the country on regular flights will have to wait one more month. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 06:46 AM IST
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Australia's Victoria continues to report high number of Covid-19 cases

A total of 2,179 new locally acquired cases were reported in Victoria, the majority in Melbourne, down from a record 2,297 a day earlier.
An ambulance drives past the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne(AFP)
An ambulance drives past the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne(AFP)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 06:31 AM IST
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Breaking news: Sidhu assured Rahul Gandhi that he has withdrawn his resignation

  • Breaking News Updates October 15, 2021: Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Get latest news, breaking news, latest updates, live news, top headlines, breaking business news and top news of the hour.
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 11:09 PM IST
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Karnataka logs 310 fresh Covid-19 cases, 6 deaths

Apart from Bengaluru Urban, Bidar, Chitradurga, Kodagu and Raichur recorded one death each. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.26 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.93 per cent
People wait to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 at a vaccination center set up at a government run school in Bengaluru (AP)
People wait to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 at a vaccination center set up at a government run school in Bengaluru (AP)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 12:52 AM IST
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'Political...': China warns over new Covid origin probe even as world backs WHO

CHINA APPREHENSIVE OVER NEW COVID ORIGIN PROBE?
CHINA APPREHENSIVE OVER NEW COVID ORIGIN PROBE?
Published on Oct 15, 2021 12:37 AM IST
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India backs fresh WHO probe into Covid origin

Responding to WHO’s announcement, China warned against any “political manipulation” of the renewed probe into the origins of Covid
Doctors and medical staff attend to a family of Covid patients in a Delhi hospital. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Doctors and medical staff attend to a family of Covid patients in a Delhi hospital. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 01:37 AM IST
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By Rezaul H Laskar, Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Govt makes elaborate plans to celebrate 1 billion jabs

The total vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 970 million on Thursday, with 73% of all adults having received at least the first vaccine dose, and 30% having been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, said Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya
A health worker administers a dose Covid vaccine to a beneficiary in Patna. Announcements at airports, railways stations, shipping ports and metro rails will be made at the moment when India administers a billion Covid vaccine doses, said Union health minister. (PTI)
A health worker administers a dose Covid vaccine to a beneficiary in Patna. Announcements at airports, railways stations, shipping ports and metro rails will be made at the moment when India administers a billion Covid vaccine doses, said Union health minister. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 04:46 AM IST
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By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

What do medical experts from Mumbai say on ‘long-Covid’ definition given by WHO?

About 5% of Covid-19 patients suffer from the severe form of infection requiring a longer hospital stay, oxygen support and ICU admissions
Patients who have moderate to severe forms of infection are more likely to have residual health issues say doctors. However, some patients with mild Covid-19 have long term lingering after-effects too. (HT FILE)
Patients who have moderate to severe forms of infection are more likely to have residual health issues say doctors. However, some patients with mild Covid-19 have long term lingering after-effects too. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 11:37 PM IST
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By Jyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Finding hostel room will prove a challenge for new DU students

With admissions to Delhi University colleges currently underway, finding a place in the college hostels is likely to become more difficult and financially challenging as several colleges are considering converting their rooms into single occupancy in order to adhere with Covid-19 protocols
New Delhi, India - Oct. 5, 2021: Students seen at a help desk at Delhi University's north campus on the second day of admissions for 2021-22, in New Delhi , India, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - Oct. 5, 2021: Students seen at a help desk at Delhi University's north campus on the second day of admissions for 2021-22, in New Delhi , India, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 11:25 PM IST
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By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi

US FDA advisers weigh case for booster shots of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine

Moderna is seeking approval of a booster shot that includes 50 micrograms of vaccine, half of strength of its regular dose but still higher than the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, which contains 30 micrograms of vaccine.
The FDA typically follows the advice of its experts but is not bound to do so.(AP)
The FDA typically follows the advice of its experts but is not bound to do so.(AP)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 11:11 PM IST
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TB deaths rise for first time in over a decade. WHO report links it to pandemic

  • According to the 2021 Global TB report, tuberculosis was second only to Covid-19 as a leading cause of death from a single infectious agent.
The WHO estimates that about 4.1 million people currently suffering from TB have either went undiagnosed or have not officially reported to national authorities.(AP)
The WHO estimates that about 4.1 million people currently suffering from TB have either went undiagnosed or have not officially reported to national authorities.(AP)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 10:24 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Gautam Budh Nagar reports its 1st Covid-19 death in four months

The patient had come to the hospital to be checked up for a cardiac ailment on Sunday. As all hospitals have made Covid-19 tests mandatory before admission, she was also tested. On Monday, her report showed she was positive for Covid-19
According to official data, the last Covid-19 death was reported in the district on June 13, 2021, while the first-ever Covid-19 death in the district was reported on May 6, 2020. (HT Archive)
According to official data, the last Covid-19 death was reported in the district on June 13, 2021, while the first-ever Covid-19 death in the district was reported on May 6, 2020. (HT Archive)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 10:15 PM IST
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Announcements in railway stations, planes, ships, metros to mark billion doses 

Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that India is expected to cross the one-billion mark in the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered by October 18 or 19 and to mark the moment, announcements would be made on airplanes, ships, metros and at railway stations.
“After 100 crore doses is achieved, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too,” Mandaviya said.(PTI )
“After 100 crore doses is achieved, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too,” Mandaviya said.(PTI )
Published on Oct 14, 2021 09:35 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Keith reveals he and Rochelle took marriage counselling during lockdown

  • Keith Sequeira and Rochelle Rao turned to marriage counselling at the beginning of the Covid-19 induced lockdown. The couple has been married since 2018.
Keith Sequeira and Rochelle Rao have been married since 2018. 
Keith Sequeira and Rochelle Rao have been married since 2018. 
Published on Oct 14, 2021 09:25 PM IST
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Covid-19: China warns against ‘manipulation’ of new WHO virus origin probe

The WHO on Wednesday announced a new probe to trace the origin of the Covid-19 virus and released a proposed list of 25 experts to advise it on next steps
A resident receives the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on October 14, 2021. The WHO has set up a new virus origin probe team. (AFP)
A resident receives the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on October 14, 2021. The WHO has set up a new virus origin probe team. (AFP)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 09:00 PM IST
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India backs WHO move for new expert group to probe origins of Covid-19 pandemic

Responding to WHO’s announcement, China warned against any “political manipulation” of the renewed probe into the origins of Covid-19 but said it would support the investigation. The Coronavirus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, triggering the worst pandemic in a century.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the launch of the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) at a news briefing on Wednesday. (REUTERS PHOTO.)
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the launch of the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) at a news briefing on Wednesday. (REUTERS PHOTO.)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 07:55 PM IST
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By Rezaul H Laskar and Sutirtho Patranobis

Children who spent more time in nature during lockdown fared best: Study

A study has found that children who spent more time in nature during first Covid-19 lockdown were likely to have lower levels of behavioural and emotional problems.
An increased connection to nature was reflected in reports of children spending time gardening, playing in the garden or doing physical activities outdoors.(Pixabay)
An increased connection to nature was reflected in reports of children spending time gardening, playing in the garden or doing physical activities outdoors.(Pixabay)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 07:34 PM IST
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Tamil Nadu allows places of worship to open on all days, beaches on Sundays

The state government said in a press release that all places of worship, which have so far remained closed on Fridays and the weekends, would now be open for people on all days of the week.
Tamil Nadu government said that beaches would remain open on Sundays too from November 1.(AFP)
Tamil Nadu government said that beaches would remain open on Sundays too from November 1.(AFP)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 06:38 PM IST
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