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Healthcare worker during swab test of the people at Dadar station in Mumbai, India.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Healthcare worker during swab test of the people at Dadar station in Mumbai, India.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 04:53 AM IST
India’s approval of a vaccine comes even as the seven-day average of daily cases has fallen to 19,828, and the number of active cases in the country is 255,584, the lowest since July 5, according to the HT dashboard.
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A health worker in PPE collects a swab sample from a person for coronavirus testing, outside New Ashok Nagar Metro station in New Delhi, India.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
A health worker in PPE collects a swab sample from a person for coronavirus testing, outside New Ashok Nagar Metro station in New Delhi, India.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 04:11 AM IST
It was the year of the health care worker. Through the year, around the world, doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health care givers worked around the clock, putting themselves at risk.
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A health worker in PPE tests a Civil Defence personnel for coronavirus infection at New Delhi railway station (NDLS), in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
A health worker in PPE tests a Civil Defence personnel for coronavirus infection at New Delhi railway station (NDLS), in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 04:46 AM IST
The new year will be more about vaccines and vaccination than anything else (even the new strain, which, as expected, has surfaced in more places and people in India).
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Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Mumbai.(REUTERS)
Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Mumbai.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 06:12 AM IST
The new strain is the predominant one in the UK, especially London; there have been 70 flights a week from the UK to India since May; and until last Monday, when it was tightened, the screening process for passengers arriving in India was a sham.
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A healthcare worker holds syringes of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at Notre Dame home care, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Brussels, Belgium.(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker holds syringes of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at Notre Dame home care, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Brussels, Belgium.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 04:40 AM IST
October is one of the unkindest months in India’s commercial capital, with the heat and humidity combining to make it very uncomfortable, and also extremely conducive to the propagation of the diseases named above, but this time, the city seems to have been spared, courtesy an unlikely savior – Covid-19.
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Pedestrians walks past a public health warning sign beside a road, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, London, Britain.(REUTERS)
Pedestrians walks past a public health warning sign beside a road, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, London, Britain.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R. Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:12 AM IST
Last week, scientists, including some from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine published a study that showed the new variant to be 56% more infective. But there is still no evidence of it causing more severe Covid-19 cases, or resulting in more deaths.
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Santa, portrayed by Dan Kemmis, laughs as he talks to Kristin Laidre as she walks her dog, Scooby, a Bassett Hound mix, as he sits inside a protective bubble in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood on Dec. 8, 2020.(AP)
Santa, portrayed by Dan Kemmis, laughs as he talks to Kristin Laidre as she walks her dog, Scooby, a Bassett Hound mix, as he sits inside a protective bubble in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood on Dec. 8, 2020.(AP)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:08 AM IST
India hasn’t put out in the public domain details of the number of viral genomes it has sequenced from Covid patients, but this writer learns that this number is just around a few thousand, and also that the number of cases sequenced since October is next to nothing.
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Passengers of the British Airways airline arrive at Galeao international airport, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.(Photo: Reuters)
Passengers of the British Airways airline arrive at Galeao international airport, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.(Photo: Reuters)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:53 AM IST
Indian health officials insisted at a briefing on Tuesday that the new strain hasn’t been spotted in India, but this is one of those statements that is economical with the truth.
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Travellers look at the information boards at King's Cross station, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease outbreak, in London.(REUTERS)
Travellers look at the information boards at King's Cross station, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease outbreak, in London.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:57 AM IST
Between the time I wrote Dispatch 229 on Sunday and the time I am writing this, scientists have figured out even more about this strain, and the bad news would appear to be that, at least in a laboratory setting, it is more infective than the older strain.
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The UK’s sudden decision can be attributed to the discovery of a new strain of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes the coronavirus disease, and which, Johnson said while imposing the lockdown, was 70% more infectious than other strains of the virus.(AFP Photo)
The UK’s sudden decision can be attributed to the discovery of a new strain of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes the coronavirus disease, and which, Johnson said while imposing the lockdown, was 70% more infectious than other strains of the virus.(AFP Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 04:59 AM IST
The UK is now seeing its third wave of infections — or, a second wave which appeared to be waning till it suddenly gathered momentum — with the country recording around 35,000 new infections on December 17, the highest in one day.
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A Covid-19 vacation appointments sign points the way at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill., Thursday.(AP Photo)
A Covid-19 vacation appointments sign points the way at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill., Thursday.(AP Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 05:09 AM IST
India remains among the 10 most affected countries currently, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. And it is among the six countries in this list where the average of daily cases is trending down.
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Pharmacist Ron Simono fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccine clinic on Wednesday.(AP Photo)
Pharmacist Ron Simono fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccine clinic on Wednesday.(AP Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:09 AM IST
While the Pfizer vaccine awaits regulatory clearance in India, it is likely that most Indians will not receive it.
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A health worker gets ready to take samples from people to test for Covid-19 as another registers them at a marketplace in New Delhi.(AP Photo)
A health worker gets ready to take samples from people to test for Covid-19 as another registers them at a marketplace in New Delhi.(AP Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:07 AM IST
India saw 352 deaths from Covid-19 on Monday. The last Monday on which it saw fewer deaths was back on June 22 (311 deaths).
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Medics from NMMC Hospital conduct Rapid Antigen for Covid-19 testing of commuters at Vashi Railway Station in Navi Mumbai, on Monday.(Bachchan Kumar/HT Photo)
Medics from NMMC Hospital conduct Rapid Antigen for Covid-19 testing of commuters at Vashi Railway Station in Navi Mumbai, on Monday.(Bachchan Kumar/HT Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:08 AM IST
We may have come up with vaccines that effectively prevent Covid-19, but we are still learning about the disease.
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A resident (L) of the Domenico Sartor nursing home in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice, hugs her visiting daughter through a plastic screen in a so-called “Hug Room” amid the new coronavirus pandemic.(AFP)
A resident (L) of the Domenico Sartor nursing home in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice, hugs her visiting daughter through a plastic screen in a so-called “Hug Room” amid the new coronavirus pandemic.(AFP)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 02:18 AM IST
In every country in the world, events and gatherings— from parties to a large motorcycle rally to even a biotech conference — have all been super-spreader events. Yet, over the past two months, India has bucked the trend.
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A doctor collects a swab sample from a man to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside Clinic Ajwa in Shah Alam, Malaysia.(REUTERS)
A doctor collects a swab sample from a man to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside Clinic Ajwa in Shah Alam, Malaysia.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 02:06 AM IST
It is important to note that SEC doesn’t approve vaccines, as some have suggested. It just recommends a course of action after looking at the data on hand.
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Simon Stevens (R), Chief Executive of the NHS, watches as a nurse (C) administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Frank Naderer (L), 82, at Guy’s Hospital in London on December 8, 2020 as the UK starts its biggest ever vaccination programme.(AFP)
Simon Stevens (R), Chief Executive of the NHS, watches as a nurse (C) administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Frank Naderer (L), 82, at Guy’s Hospital in London on December 8, 2020 as the UK starts its biggest ever vaccination programme.(AFP)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 07:11 AM IST
Neither Moderna, nor Pfizer/BioNTech has published a peer-reviewed paper on the findings of the Phase 3 trials of their vaccines.
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It is surprising that we now have not one or two, but a bouquet of successful vaccines that can prevent Covid-19, but just one drug that can treat it.(AFP Photo)
It is surprising that we now have not one or two, but a bouquet of successful vaccines that can prevent Covid-19, but just one drug that can treat it.(AFP Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 05:05 AM IST
It has been a year and 10 days between the first published account of the strange illness in Wuhan, China, and the administration of a vaccine that has cleared Phase 3 trials to a member of the general population, so the authors of that article got that right. But they got the drugs bit completely wrong.
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There are many companies that have discovered the benefits of WFH in the course of this very strange year.(Bloomberg file photo)
There are many companies that have discovered the benefits of WFH in the course of this very strange year.(Bloomberg file photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 05:02 AM IST
Companies that were pioneers in outsourcing work to India – and tech firms are on top of this list by a long distance – are figuring out that if they are anyway going to move to remote working for many of their employees, then they might as well – provided the right kind of people are available – move those jobs in India, where they could be remote, or not.
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With India escaping the post-Diwali surge, if its current Covid disease trajectory stays in the plateau in which it finds itself till the end of the month, it is likely (a low but significant probability) that the second wave in India will be less intense.(AP Photo)
With India escaping the post-Diwali surge, if its current Covid disease trajectory stays in the plateau in which it finds itself till the end of the month, it is likely (a low but significant probability) that the second wave in India will be less intense.(AP Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 05:04 AM IST
Daily case numbers through the first six days of last week, Monday to Saturday, were: 31,182; 36,421; 35,414; 36,653; 36,212; and 36,439. That works out to a six-day average of 35,387. All these numbers are from the HT dashboard. The average is the lowest India has seen in four-and-a-half months.
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A woman wearing a face mask takes a photo on her phone in Covent Garden, London, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.(AP photo)
A woman wearing a face mask takes a photo on her phone in Covent Garden, London, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.(AP photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 04:59 AM IST
The US registered 2,760 deaths on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. This is the highest daily death toll in the country since the beginning of the pandemic (caveat: just like the death toll on any other day, this does not mean 2,760 people died from Covid-19 on Wednesday, just that their deaths were recorded on that day).
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China has approved three vaccines for emergency use; Russia, two. The UK’s regulatory approval for the mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE came on Wednesday, and the first shots of the vaccine are likely to be administered as early as the end of next week.(AFP photo)
China has approved three vaccines for emergency use; Russia, two. The UK’s regulatory approval for the mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE came on Wednesday, and the first shots of the vaccine are likely to be administered as early as the end of next week.(AFP photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 01:32 AM IST
The UK, which has a patchy record in managing the coronavirus disease — it was, after all, the first country to decide to bank on herd immunity before it realised the folly of the approach — became the third country (after China and Russia) and the first Western one to approve a vaccine for Covid-19.
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The US ended November with 13.6 million recorded cases of Covid.(Reuters file photo)
The US ended November with 13.6 million recorded cases of Covid.(Reuters file photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 05:52 AM IST
India has seen almost 9.5 million cases of the coronavirus disease to date (it is second in terms of the number of cases after the US).
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With the trajectory of the pandemic remaining flat (for now), it is likely that December – at least the first half of the month – will see a further fall in the case fatality rate.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
With the trajectory of the pandemic remaining flat (for now), it is likely that December – at least the first half of the month – will see a further fall in the case fatality rate.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 03:11 AM IST
India has prioritised agricultural and industrial activities, political activities (replete with large-scale public meetings and rallies), and recreational activities.
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From around the third week of August to the first week of October, the US enjoyed a similar relative respite, recording cases in the low 40,000s between the end of the second wave and the beginning of the third in that country.(HT File Photo)
From around the third week of August to the first week of October, the US enjoyed a similar relative respite, recording cases in the low 40,000s between the end of the second wave and the beginning of the third in that country.(HT File Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 04:50 AM IST
On Saturday, the country registered 41,799 cases, according to the HT dashboard. It conducted almost 1.24 million tests. To date, India has conducted almost 150 million tests. That’s around 115,000 tests per million of population.
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The coronavirus disease has resulted in huge public interest in a process that is usually restricted to the research departments of pharma companies, laboratories, and research institutions(REUTERS)
The coronavirus disease has resulted in huge public interest in a process that is usually restricted to the research departments of pharma companies, laboratories, and research institutions(REUTERS)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 05:38 AM IST
The coronavirus disease has resulted in huge public interest in a process that is usually restricted to the research departments of pharma companies, laboratories and research institutions, and peer-reviewed academic journals with readership in the thousands (or tens of thousands).
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A woman wearing a protective mask, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walks past Christmas decorations at a restaurant district in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters)
A woman wearing a protective mask, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walks past Christmas decorations at a restaurant district in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:18 AM IST
There are clear signs of a second wave — there have been, for some time — but the week starting November 30 will decide how rapidly this gathers momentum.
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A social distancing sign is pictured as people visit a Christmas Tree Farm.(Reuters)
A social distancing sign is pictured as people visit a Christmas Tree Farm.(Reuters)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 01:28 AM IST
India’s overall seven-day average of daily cases has also inched up from the 39,000-levels seen last week, and was 43,379 on Monday. That’s still lower than the 66,396 it was on October 15.
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People walk through Waterloo station, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in London, Britain.(Reuters)
People walk through Waterloo station, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in London, Britain.(Reuters)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 02:01 AM IST
Coronaviruses are family of RNA viruses (coronaviridae) that are known to cause diseases in humans, other mammals, and birds.
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Vaccinating only part of the world is unlikely to solve the problem, unless countries with access to the vaccine create bubbles around themselves, placing significant restrictions on movement of goods and people across their borders.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)
Vaccinating only part of the world is unlikely to solve the problem, unless countries with access to the vaccine create bubbles around themselves, placing significant restrictions on movement of goods and people across their borders.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 05:10 AM IST
Friday was an important day in the world’s fight against Covid-19. The day saw an informal meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council to discuss a proposal made by India and South Africa in October, and which has since been supported by around 100 other countries
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