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Covid-19: What you need to know today

  • Some experts are also of the opinion that it could become the dominant strain in most parts of the world, replacing Alpha, which was first sequenced in the UK.
Pedestrians, some wearing face coverings due to Covid-19, walk past shops on Oxford Street in central London.(AFP)
Pedestrians, some wearing face coverings due to Covid-19, walk past shops on Oxford Street in central London.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 16, 2021 05:22 AM IST
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Anecdotal evidence suggests that some states keen to show their ability in managing the pandemic have under-reported deaths by simply ascribing them to other causes
A man cremates his relative Hatayben Bharwad, 58, who died from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a crematorium in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)
A man cremates his relative Hatayben Bharwad, 58, who died from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a crematorium in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 15, 2021 05:43 AM IST
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  • It is also believed that Covaxin, the other vaccine that is currently part of India’s vaccination programme, is also very effective against the variant, but data on this isn’t available.
A healthcare worker shows a vial of China's SINOVAC vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker shows a vial of China's SINOVAC vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 11, 2021 05:16 AM IST
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  • The chaos and confusion over India’s vaccine drive, and recent scientific revelations point to the need for some changes in how India procures vaccines, and how and when it administers them.
On procurement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the nation, the Union government will procure vaccines, and then allot them to the states.(AP)
On procurement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the nation, the Union government will procure vaccines, and then allot them to the states.(AP)
Updated on Jun 08, 2021 05:19 AM IST
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  • Even after May 31, restrictions on movement and activities were eased in phases, and returned to pre-pandemic levels only in the last quarter of the financial year (January-March).
A man rides motorcycle in Hanoi, Vietnam Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP)
A man rides motorcycle in Hanoi, Vietnam Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP)
Updated on Jun 01, 2021 06:13 AM IST
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  • India reported 81,413 cases of Covid-19 on April 1. By April 11, this climbed to 170,100; by April 15, 216,913. On May 5, the country reported 412,783 cases.
People attend the massive experimental concert
People attend the massive experimental concert "Ambition Live Again", organised by Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris and music industry union Prodiss to assess health risks associated with resuming large-scale public gatherings since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic,.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 31, 2021 06:02 AM IST
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  • By the end of June, Covax will be around 190 million doses short of its target, according to Covax chief Seth Berkley (as cited in an article in Science).
Prisoners wait for their turn to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca jab against the coronavirus, during a vaccination campaign at the El-Arjate prison near the capital Rabat.(AFP)
Prisoners wait for their turn to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca jab against the coronavirus, during a vaccination campaign at the El-Arjate prison near the capital Rabat.(AFP)
Updated on May 28, 2021 06:35 AM IST
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As India considers opening up as the second wave abates (Delhi, for instance, has seen a sharp fall in positivity rates to the low single digits, and could start opening up as early as next week), it would do well to focus on what may well have been a silent contributor to the surge in cases – ventilation.
A boy walks past a graffiti amid the spread of Covid-19 on a street in New Delhi. (File photo)
A boy walks past a graffiti amid the spread of Covid-19 on a street in New Delhi. (File photo)
Updated on May 26, 2021 07:38 AM IST
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The wise men in charge of the country’s Covid-19 response likely know all this already, but here’s a quick reminder of five things that will help stave off the third wave (or, at the least, lessen its intensity).
People wait to pay before receiving a dose of Covishield at a Covid-19 vaccination center set up at the BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, India.(Bloomberg)
People wait to pay before receiving a dose of Covishield at a Covid-19 vaccination center set up at the BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, India.(Bloomberg)
Updated on May 25, 2021 06:15 AM IST
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How do you under-report deaths from Covid-19? Technically, this is possible in two ways, one generic and the other, specific.
A message is written on the back of a medical staff member by a colleague at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward, where patients suffering from coronavirus disease (Covid-19) are being treated in Greater Noida. (Reuters)
A message is written on the back of a medical staff member by a colleague at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward, where patients suffering from coronavirus disease (Covid-19) are being treated in Greater Noida. (Reuters)
Updated on May 24, 2021 06:13 AM IST
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By the end of May, India would have reported at least 100,000 deaths for the month. No country, not the US, not Brazil, has reported more deaths in a month
A volunteer adds wood to a funeral pyre of a Covid-19 victim at Seemapuri crematorium in New Delhi on May 18, 2021.(Amal KS / HT file photo)
A volunteer adds wood to a funeral pyre of a Covid-19 victim at Seemapuri crematorium in New Delhi on May 18, 2021.(Amal KS / HT file photo)
Updated on May 21, 2021 10:17 AM IST
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The fact that Covid-19 was a new disease, and the intensity of the first wave in some countries (subsequent waves would go on to be worse, but no one knew this back then) prompted a desperate search for drugs, in some ways made it acceptable to lower the bar for them.
A pedestrian walks past a Covid-19 coronavirus awareness mural reading 'no mask, no entry' in Mumbai on May 12, 2021.(AFP Photo)
A pedestrian walks past a Covid-19 coronavirus awareness mural reading 'no mask, no entry' in Mumbai on May 12, 2021.(AFP Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2021 07:49 AM IST
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The seven-day average of new cases in the US was 33,041. That translates into a Case Fatality Rate (recorded deaths/reported cases) of 1.8%. The corresponding numbers on March 16 were 1,306 and 54,949 for a CFR of 2.4%.
The US’s overall Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is around 1.8%, and the ratio is soon expected to go below that.(AP file photo)
The US’s overall Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is around 1.8%, and the ratio is soon expected to go below that.(AP file photo)
Updated on May 18, 2021 05:54 AM IST
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B.1.617.2 accounted for 46% of sequences from India uploaded to the database between March 1 and April 30; and B.1.617.1 another 19%.
A man walks past closed shops during a lockdown imposed by the government amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus cases, in New Delhi.(AFP)
A man walks past closed shops during a lockdown imposed by the government amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus cases, in New Delhi.(AFP)
Updated on May 17, 2021 06:02 AM IST
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The best time to prepare for the next pandemic is soon after seeing the current one off.
A Health Ministry worker enters a government facility where Covid-19 vaccines are stored.(AP)
A Health Ministry worker enters a government facility where Covid-19 vaccines are stored.(AP)
Updated on May 14, 2021 07:09 AM IST
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India has an estimated 940 million people over the age of 18. Experts say that vaccines will start having an impact on infection rates when 40% of the eligible population has been vaccinated, if even partially, as long as non-pharmaceutical interventions continue.
Anil Kumar Chawla, a relative of Rishi Raj Arora, who died from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), collects ashes on the spot where he was cremated, as part of a ritual at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, April 30, 2021. (Reuters)
Anil Kumar Chawla, a relative of Rishi Raj Arora, who died from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), collects ashes on the spot where he was cremated, as part of a ritual at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, April 30, 2021. (Reuters)
Updated on May 13, 2021 10:16 PM IST
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But carelessness, complacency, poor science, wrong priorities, and a botched vaccine drive (compounded by stubbornness in correcting the course) have resulted in things spiralling out of control.
States will have to be open to declaring statewide or more localised lockdowns every time there is a flare-up.(AFP)
States will have to be open to declaring statewide or more localised lockdowns every time there is a flare-up.(AFP)
Updated on May 12, 2021 06:59 AM IST
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Delhi's fourth wave is ebbing with the same intensity with which it climbed — and one of the main reasons for this is clearly the lockdown.
In the short term, faced with a surge in infections that could overwhelm the health care system, a lockdown helps.
In the short term, faced with a surge in infections that could overwhelm the health care system, a lockdown helps.
Updated on May 11, 2021 06:09 AM IST
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Delhi was short of tests, medicines, oxygen, hospital beds, and ventilators. People wanted help with remdesivir and plasma. Both were being prescribed indiscriminately by doctors.
A pedestrian walks past a Covid-19 awareness mural.(AFP | Representational image)
A pedestrian walks past a Covid-19 awareness mural.(AFP | Representational image)
Updated on May 10, 2021 11:50 AM IST
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India needs to resurrect its faltering vaccine drive (which means, most importantly, accepting that it is faltering). It’s the only way to crush the second wave of the pandemic — and prevent (or lessen the impact of) a third wave.
A medic prepares a vial of Covid-19 vaccine.(File Photo)
A medic prepares a vial of Covid-19 vaccine.(File Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2021 07:46 AM IST
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  • The first and immediate task is to enhance supplies — by authorising (after due process) more vaccines for emergency use
he closer India gets to universal vaccination, the higher its chances of not witnessing recurring waves of Covid over the next several years. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)(AFP)
he closer India gets to universal vaccination, the higher its chances of not witnessing recurring waves of Covid over the next several years. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on May 05, 2021 06:26 AM IST
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  • At the disaggregated level, there is clearly an effort to show things are better than they actually are.
A sharp decline in the positivity rate with an increasing number of tests is actually a red flag.
A sharp decline in the positivity rate with an increasing number of tests is actually a red flag.
Updated on May 04, 2021 08:39 AM IST
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In the absence of reliable, timely, and comprehensive death records, at the local level, aggregating up to the national there has been a lot of speculation, and scientific exploration, some reasoned, others not-so, on the actual number of deaths
People who died of Covid-19 being cremated at Ghazipur crematorium in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, May 1, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
People who died of Covid-19 being cremated at Ghazipur crematorium in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, May 1, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 03, 2021 07:46 AM IST
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According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, India is currently one of the two countries (Colombia is the other one) among the 10 worst affected countries (by daily cases) where things are getting worse.
The dead body of a Covid-19 coronavirus victim lays before cremation next to pyres of other victims at Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium in New Delhi on April 28, 2021. (AFP)
The dead body of a Covid-19 coronavirus victim lays before cremation next to pyres of other victims at Nigambodh Ghat Crematorium in New Delhi on April 28, 2021. (AFP)
Published on Apr 30, 2021 04:25 AM IST
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According to worldometers.info, as of Tuesday morning, India had recorded 12,678 cases per million of its population, lower than all but Indonesia in the top 25 countries by total cases.
An exhausted municipal worker rests after bringing the body of a person who died of Covid-19 for burial in Gauhati, India, Sunday, April 25, 2021. (AP Photo)
An exhausted municipal worker rests after bringing the body of a person who died of Covid-19 for burial in Gauhati, India, Sunday, April 25, 2021. (AP Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2021 11:44 AM IST
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Oxygen has emerged as a key constraint in India’s ability to deal with the second wave — and this is important to remember as the country prepares for the third wave, which will break at some point.
Exhausted workers, who bring dead bodies for cremation, sit on the rear step of an ambulance inside a crematorium, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP)
Exhausted workers, who bring dead bodies for cremation, sit on the rear step of an ambulance inside a crematorium, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP)
Updated on Apr 27, 2021 07:28 AM IST
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  • The question everyone is asking is: How long will this last? Surely, India cannot continue to report in excess of 300,000 cases for very long?
The number of active cases has soared in this duration, from 0.62 million on April 1 to 0.98 million on April 8 to 1.57 million on April 15 and 2.43 million on April 22.
The number of active cases has soared in this duration, from 0.62 million on April 1 to 0.98 million on April 8 to 1.57 million on April 15 and 2.43 million on April 22.
Updated on Apr 24, 2021 07:43 AM IST
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Everyone should have themselves vaccinated but not everyone will. The government, the media, non-governmental organisations, and educational institutions, should all work to break this reluctance, which, at least in the next several months when supplies lag, will actually work to India’s advantage.
Reports over the past few days have suggested a similar issue with the allocation of medical oxygen.
Reports over the past few days have suggested a similar issue with the allocation of medical oxygen.
Updated on Apr 22, 2021 08:15 AM IST
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Among the burning topics of discussion in the international scientific community right now is the nature of behaviour of the strain of the virus with the double mutation (B.1.617) that was first identified in India.
A police officer tries to control a crowd outside a wine store after Delhi government ordered a six-day lockdown. (REUTERS)
A police officer tries to control a crowd outside a wine store after Delhi government ordered a six-day lockdown. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 20, 2021 04:15 AM IST
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Delhi needs to aggressively vaccinate people. A little over two million people have received one dose of a vaccine and around 440,000, both doses.
Beds being prepared inside the temporary Covid care centre, at Commonwealth Games Village Sports Complex, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, April 18, 2021. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Beds being prepared inside the temporary Covid care centre, at Commonwealth Games Village Sports Complex, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, April 18, 2021. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 19, 2021 04:57 AM IST
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