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Delhi: Students excited, parents worried as schools reopen for all classes

As schools in the national capital reopened once again from today for all classes, students seem excited to attend the school while parents expressed fear of air pollution and COVID-19.
Delhi: Students excited, parents worried as schools reopen for all classes(PTI)
Delhi: Students excited, parents worried as schools reopen for all classes(PTI)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 02:09 PM IST
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WHO working on better understanding Omicron Covid-19 variant

There’s no information to suggest that symptoms associated with omicron differ from those caused by other variants, the Geneva-based WHO cautioned Sunday.
Governments around the world are banning travelers from South Africa and nearby countries amid fears the new “variant of concern” could evade vaccines, exacerbate Covid surges and frustrate efforts to reopen economies.(Source: WHO | Representational image)
Governments around the world are banning travelers from South Africa and nearby countries amid fears the new “variant of concern” could evade vaccines, exacerbate Covid surges and frustrate efforts to reopen economies.(Source: WHO | Representational image)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 01:43 PM IST
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Vistara resumes flights to Singapore amid concerns over new Covid-19 variant

The World Health Organisation has dubbed Omicron a variant of concern after early evidence showed it could be more transmissible, and resistant to immunity from past infection or vaccination
Vistara operated the Mumbai-Singapore flight under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), which allows quarantine-free travel to Singapore for fully vaccinated travellers. (REUTERS Photo/representative)
Vistara operated the Mumbai-Singapore flight under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), which allows quarantine-free travel to Singapore for fully vaccinated travellers. (REUTERS Photo/representative)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 01:25 PM IST
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ByNeha LM Tripathi

Covid: 12 more test positive at Thane old age home in Thane, tally touches 67

On Sunday, officials said that 55 people were found to be infected at the old age home. The district administration has already declared Sorgaon village in Bhiwandi Taluka, where the facility is located, as a containment zone.
Thane has so far recorded nearly 5,70,000 cases and 11,581 deaths due to the coronavirus disease.(Yogendra Kumar/HT file photo. Representative image)
Thane has so far recorded nearly 5,70,000 cases and 11,581 deaths due to the coronavirus disease.(Yogendra Kumar/HT file photo. Representative image)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:32 PM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Christmas cheer: Beautifully decorated markets open ahead of festive season

A stall tenant serves mulled wine on the opening day of the traditional Christmas market in Strasbourg, eastern France.(Frederick Florin/ AFP) 5
A stall tenant serves mulled wine on the opening day of the traditional Christmas market in Strasbourg, eastern France.(Frederick Florin/ AFP)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 12:30 PM IST
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Authorities to trace co-passengers of SA returnee who tested Covid-19 positive

Officials said the man’s sample was taken at the Delhi airport and later allowed to board a flight. After arriving in Mumbai, he went home in a cab while his sample tested positive for Covid-19
A file photo of the entrance of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. (REUTERS)
A file photo of the entrance of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:24 PM IST
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ByMehul R Thakkar

Parliament | Watch PM Modi's message to Opposition as Winter Session begins

Parliament | Watch PM Modi's message to Opposition as Winter Session begins: 'Ready to answer…'
Parliament | Watch PM Modi's message to Opposition as Winter Session begins: 'Ready to answer…'
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:16 PM IST
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Japan to bar new foreign arrivals over Omicron Covid variant: PM Fumio Kishida

  • Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Monday that Japan will reinstate tough border measures and bar all new foreign arrivals over the Omicron Covid variant. 
Japan to bar new foreign arrivals over Omicron Covid variant: PM Fumio Kishida(Reuters (For representation purpose))
Japan to bar new foreign arrivals over Omicron Covid variant: PM Fumio Kishida(Reuters (For representation purpose))
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:06 PM IST
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Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry

  • It comes as the Southeast Asian nation on Monday launched a three-day vaccination drive targeting nine million people as young as 12 in an effort to accelerate the roll-out of jabs.
Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry(AFP)
Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry(AFP)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 11:58 AM IST
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'A heavy burden on lives': WHO criticises travel bans over Omicron variant

“Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of Covid-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement on Sunday.
Since the discovery of the Omicron variant, several countries have imposed travel bans on the affected region in southern Africa.(Reuters Photo)
Since the discovery of the Omicron variant, several countries have imposed travel bans on the affected region in southern Africa.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 11:52 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi

Congress MP reminds Centre of promise to fully vaccinate Indians by 2021

Randeep Guleria has said that all vaccines against Covid-19 will have to be reviewed globally since most of them form antibodies against the spike protein and since Omicron has many mutations in the spike protein, it might render many vaccines less effective
As per the Union health ministry data, more than 122 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far (Photo Courtesy -Twitter)
As per the Union health ministry data, more than 122 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far (Photo Courtesy -Twitter)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 11:46 AM IST
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ByIsha Sahai Bhatnagar

Omicron variant in Canada: Two cases confirmed in Ottawa

The first cases related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported in Canada, with two such infections identified in Ottawa, the country’s capital.
A medical worker prepares a BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine inside a mall in Manila City, on Monday. The first cases related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported in Canada, with two such infections identified in Ottawa, the country’s capital. (AFP)
A medical worker prepares a BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine inside a mall in Manila City, on Monday. The first cases related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported in Canada, with two such infections identified in Ottawa, the country’s capital. (AFP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 11:38 AM IST
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ByAnirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Amit Chanda

How Covid-stricken Czech prez named Petr Fiala new PM in an unusual ceremony

How Covid-stricken Czech president named Petr Fiala new PM in an unusual ceremony
How Covid-stricken Czech president named Petr Fiala new PM in an unusual ceremony
Published on Nov 29, 2021 11:22 AM IST
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India's Covid-19 tally drops slightly with 8,309 new cases; recoveries at 98.34%

  • India's active caseload stood at 1,03,859, the highest since March 2020 and accounting for 0.30 per cent of the total cases.
A medical staff wearing personal protective equipment leaves the intensive care unit in one of the hospitals.(AFP)
A medical staff wearing personal protective equipment leaves the intensive care unit in one of the hospitals.(AFP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 10:39 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi

Omicron scare:India's fresh Covid rules for international arrivals | Key details

Omicron scare: India's fresh Covid rules for international arrivals, at-risk nations
Omicron scare: India's fresh Covid rules for international arrivals, at-risk nations
Published on Nov 29, 2021 10:28 AM IST
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Opinion: Time for mandatory vaccinations

  • Some German politicians insist a COVID-19 vaccine mandate would divide society. Others argue it would be unconstitutional. Ines Eisele believes these are weak arguments and an excuse to do nothing.
Opinion: Time for mandatory vaccinations
Opinion: Time for mandatory vaccinations
Published on Nov 29, 2021 09:36 AM IST
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Ashes: Hoping Covid Omicron variant does not affect series, says Giles

Different states in Australia have introduced new travel restrictions in response to the latest Covid-19 variant.
Ashes: Hoping Covid Omicron variant does not affect series, says Giles(Reuters)
Ashes: Hoping Covid Omicron variant does not affect series, says Giles(Reuters)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 09:21 AM IST
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ANI | , Brisbane [australia]

15 countries and spreading: Where has the Omicron variant been spotted

A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain - later identified as Omicron - said on Sunday that its symptoms were so far mild and could be treated at home.
International travellers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) arrive at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, on November 29.(AFP Photo)
International travellers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) arrive at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport, on November 29.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 11:49 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Not yet clear if Omicron more transmissible, causes severe disease: WHO

  • The WHO says, “There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants.” 
Not yet clear if Covid variant Omicron more transmissible, causes severe disease: WHO(PTI (For representation purpose))
Not yet clear if Covid variant Omicron more transmissible, causes severe disease: WHO(PTI (For representation purpose))
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:42 AM IST
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WHO says PCR tests can detect Omicron variant of Covid-19

"The widely-used PCR tests continue to detect infection, including infection with Omicron, as we have seen with other variants," the World Health Organization said in an update on what is known so far about the new variant.
The WHO on Friday declared Omicron, first detected earlier this month in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
The WHO on Friday declared Omicron, first detected earlier this month in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:41 AM IST
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Covid: Vaccine for Omicron might be ready in early 2022, says Moderna

The Omicron variant, first detected in southern Africa, has a higher number of mutations and has been spreading very quickly. The variant has prompted several countries to shut down their borders and renew Covid-19 restrictions.
Burton pointed out on Sunday that current vaccines should protect against the variant, adding that all unvaccinated people should take the jab.(via AP)
Burton pointed out on Sunday that current vaccines should protect against the variant, adding that all unvaccinated people should take the jab.(via AP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:25 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi

City’s demand for alternative cremation methods dwindles

During the second Covid-19 wave earlier this year, CNG and electric crematoriums were used. Since then, however, people have returned to traditional wood-based cremations.
Representative Image
Representative Image
Published on Nov 29, 2021 03:14 AM IST
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ByParas Singh

Maharashtra: Man tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from South Africa

It is not confirmed whether the patient was carrying the Omicron variant of coronavirus, which was identified as the variant of concern by the WHO, the official said.
The man had travelled from Cape Town to Dombivali on November 24.(HT Photo)
The man had travelled from Cape Town to Dombivali on November 24.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 04:45 AM IST
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Chandigarh government hospitals gear up to tackle Covid spike

Besides reserving isolation wards and intensive care units for Covid-19 patients, government hospitals in Chandigarh have decided to scale up testing by screening all people visiting the out-patient departments (OPDs) of the hospitals.
The director health services has also ordered all heads of departments of GMSH-16 and allied dispensaries to ensure that all OPD patients are screened for Covid-19 even if they are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated. (HT File)
The director health services has also ordered all heads of departments of GMSH-16 and allied dispensaries to ensure that all OPD patients are screened for Covid-19 even if they are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated. (HT File)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 01:52 AM IST
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ByMandeep Kaur Narula, Chandigarh

Karnataka reimposes curbs on educational institutions amid Covid spike

The Basvaraj Bommai-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government said that after the recent clusters of Covid-19 in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Dharwad, certain restrictions are being imposed.
The order came at a time when the Bommai government was relaxing restrictions in schools and other places after almost 18 months of Covid pandemic-induced lockdowns. (Agencies)
The order came at a time when the Bommai government was relaxing restrictions in schools and other places after almost 18 months of Covid pandemic-induced lockdowns. (Agencies)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 12:29 AM IST
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BySharan Poovanna, Bengaluru

Telangana on alert amid Omicron concerns, airport put on alert

Director of public health Dr G Srinivasa Rao said there was no need for the people to panic over the new variant of Sars-Cov-2, as the government machinery was fully prepared to handle the surge in the Covid-19 infections.
Telangana state health minister T Harish Rao held a high-level meeting at his chambers to review the preparedness for the situation arising out of the new variant. (Agencies file)
Telangana state health minister T Harish Rao held a high-level meeting at his chambers to review the preparedness for the situation arising out of the new variant. (Agencies file)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:27 AM IST
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BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad

Omicron worry: CM orders audit of all Coivd-related infrastructure

The Pune Jumbo centre at COEP grounds has been shut for patients since July as the number of Covid-19 cases fell, however, the structure has not been dismantled
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray also issued renewed guidelines based on a letter issued by the central government. (Hindustan Times)
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray also issued renewed guidelines based on a letter issued by the central government. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:15 AM IST
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BySteffy Thevar

Stricter airport SOPs, focus on hot spots in new Omicron plan

The rules are meant to contain the spread of Omicron variant, which was dubbed a variant of concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization on Friday after early evidence showed it could be more transmissible, and resistant to immunity from a past infection or vaccination.
Odisha health department officials said authorities have been asked to ensure that those who show symptoms should not be allowed in schools and other institutions as per the SOP issued. (HT PHOTO.)
Odisha health department officials said authorities have been asked to ensure that those who show symptoms should not be allowed in schools and other institutions as per the SOP issued. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 04:46 AM IST
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ByRhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Week Ahead: Concerns over Omicron, GDP numbers to come

The government’s expert panel, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, is likely to meet sometime next week to take up key issues regarding Covid-19 vaccination, including the matter of immunising children against Covid-19 and a policy on administering booster doses
A health worker collects swab samples at Dadar Station in Mumbai. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
A health worker collects swab samples at Dadar Station in Mumbai. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 11:46 PM IST
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BySachin Kalbag, New Delhi

Telangana on high alert over Omicron, but says infra in place to tackle possible surge

A high alert has been sounded at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, though there are no direct flights from South Africa to Hyderabad.
On an average, Telangana has been witnessing 100-150 Covid-19 cases per day for the last few weeks. (ANI PHOTO.)
On an average, Telangana has been witnessing 100-150 Covid-19 cases per day for the last few weeks. (ANI PHOTO.)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 11:38 PM IST
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