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The government also gave a nod to private vaccination centres where people can get the jab at a set price.(AP)
The government also gave a nod to private vaccination centres where people can get the jab at a set price.(AP)

India reaches 20 million mark, 1.5 million inoculated in a single-day

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 02:35 PM IST
  • India is behind only the United States and the United Kingdom in terms of the total number of people receiving vaccination, data from the health ministry shows.
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India has provided 56 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines under grants assistance to a number of countries.(AP)
India has provided 56 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines under grants assistance to a number of countries.(AP)

Covid vaccine rollout 'India’s gift' to world in combating pandemic: Scientist

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 02:28 PM IST
India is called the pharmacy of the world during the Covid-19 pandemic with its vast experience and deep knowledge in medicine. The country is one of the world’s biggest drug-makers and an increasing number of countries have already approached it for procuring coronavirus vaccines.
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The highest number of cases in the week was recorded on Sunday, with 18,711 fresh infections. It was also the second consecutive day that the country had recorded over 18,000 cases. (Representative Image)(HT Photo)
The highest number of cases in the week was recorded on Sunday, with 18,711 fresh infections. It was also the second consecutive day that the country had recorded over 18,000 cases. (Representative Image)(HT Photo)

Covid-19: India's weekly tally rises over 114,000, daily fatalities average 100

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Nilavro Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 01:03 PM IST
A total of 1,08,68,520 people have been cured of the virus so far and the overall death toll currently stands at 1,57,756 as per the ministry of health data.
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Sydney's Mayor Clover Moore, bottom right, marches in the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Saturday, March 6, 2021. The annual event has been forced into a sport stadium due to Covid-19 restrictions.(AP)
Sydney's Mayor Clover Moore, bottom right, marches in the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Saturday, March 6, 2021. The annual event has been forced into a sport stadium due to Covid-19 restrictions.(AP)

Sydney's LGBTQI Mardi Gras goes ahead, with Covid restrictions

AP, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:49 PM IST
Sydney’s annual iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras went ahead on Saturday, only in a different format due to coronavirus restrictions.
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The state relaxed guidelines for reopening outdoor venues. Covid-19 infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths have plunged, and vaccination rates are rising.(Unsplash)
The state relaxed guidelines for reopening outdoor venues. Covid-19 infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths have plunged, and vaccination rates are rising.(Unsplash)

California OKs reopening ball parks and Disneyland

AP, Sacramento, California
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:56 AM IST
California has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening day baseball games and return to Disneyland nearly a year after coronavirus restrictions shuttered major entertainment spots.
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The quarantine relaxation, discussed at a meeting chaired by Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn on Saturday, will initially be considered for top five tourist destinations such as Phuket and Krabi, the Post reported.(Pixabay)
The quarantine relaxation, discussed at a meeting chaired by Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn on Saturday, will initially be considered for top five tourist destinations such as Phuket and Krabi, the Post reported.(Pixabay)

Thailand plans to ease quarantine rules for tourists, Bangkok post says

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:50 AM IST
Thailand plans to relax quarantine rules for foreign visitors from next month as part of a series of steps being considered to revive the nation’s tourism sector, the Bangkok Post reported.
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The move is designed to close a loophole which allowed travellers from Britain and Brazil to reach Portugal by stopping over in a country from which travel was authorised.(Unsplash)
The move is designed to close a loophole which allowed travellers from Britain and Brazil to reach Portugal by stopping over in a country from which travel was authorised.(Unsplash)

Portugal to quarantine passengers on indirect flights from UK, Brazil

Reuters, Lisbon
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:26 AM IST
Passengers flying indirectly to Portugal from Britain or Brazil must present a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours before departure and quarantine for two weeks upon arrival from Sunday onward.
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A healthcare worker inoculates a senior citizen at a government hospital near Ajmer in Rajasthan on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
A healthcare worker inoculates a senior citizen at a government hospital near Ajmer in Rajasthan on Saturday.(ANI Photo)

India records 18,711 new cases of Covid-19, 100 deaths

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 09:38 AM IST
The count of active cases went up to 4,219, reaching 1,84,523, according to the health ministry data.
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Devotees gather at the Har-ki-Pauri Ganga ghat in Haridwar(REUTERS)
Devotees gather at the Har-ki-Pauri Ganga ghat in Haridwar(REUTERS)

Uttarakhand Congress alleges corruption, mismanagement in Mahakumbh

By Kalyan Das | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 08:24 AM IST
  • Congress MLA Pritam objected to the curtailing of Haridwar Maha Kumbh to one month on the pretext of Coronavirus pandemic.
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Night and day in South America: Buenos Aires welcomes nightlife, new lockdowns in Brazil(Unsplashed)
Night and day in South America: Buenos Aires welcomes nightlife, new lockdowns in Brazil(Unsplashed)

Argentina reopens theater, welcomes nightlife as Brazil starts new lockdown

Reuters, Buenos Aires
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 08:03 AM IST
The two neighbouring countries in South America, Brazil and Argentina, are taking very different steps at the moment. While Buenos Aires is embracing the nightlife again, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have announced tighter restrictions.
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A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in California.(AP)
A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in California.(AP)

Covid-19 LIVE: India adds 18,711 fresh cases, total tally reaches 11.21 million

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 01:12 PM IST
  • In India, the cases reached 11.19 million and the death toll stands at 157,656. The country has inoculated more than 20 million in the ongoing vaccination drive.
Anti-viral oral drugs such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are sometimes prescribed for seasonal flu but researchers have yet to come up with something similar to fight the coronavirus.(REUTERS)
Anti-viral oral drugs such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are sometimes prescribed for seasonal flu but researchers have yet to come up with something similar to fight the coronavirus.(REUTERS)

Oral Covid treatment yields promising trial data: Drugmakers

Posted by Shivani | AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:42 AM IST
  • "At a time where there is unmet need for antiviral treatments against SARS-CoV-2, we are encouraged by these preliminary data," said Wendy Painter, chief medical officer of the US firm, Ridgeback Biotherapeutics.
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(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Maharashtra goes past 2.2 million Covid-19 infections

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:20 AM IST
The state’s death toll reached 52,440 after 47 casualties were reported, of which 30 occurred in the past 48 hours and 10 were in the past week. The other seven deaths were from the period before last week, officials said.
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A study by the University of Oxford shows AstraZeneca effective against Brazil variant.(AP)
A study by the University of Oxford shows AstraZeneca effective against Brazil variant.(AP)

Covid-19 pandemic: WHO warns against letting guard down

Agencies, Geneva
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:37 AM IST
“Countries are going to lurch back into third and fourth surges if we’re not careful.” Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergency expert, told an online briefing.
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In the second phase of the vaccination drive, 3,005,039 people over 60 years of age and 460,782 between 45 and 59 years with comorbidities have received their first dose of the vaccine.(Reuters)
In the second phase of the vaccination drive, 3,005,039 people over 60 years of age and 460,782 between 45 and 59 years with comorbidities have received their first dose of the vaccine.(Reuters)

Cumulative Covid-19 vaccinations cross 20-million mark: Government

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:35 PM IST
India has administered 20,662,073 doses of the vaccine so far of which 6,972,859 healthcare workers have received the first dose and 3,522,671 have got the second dose.
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With 33,287 doses, Delhi saw the highest number vaccinations being administered on Saturday.(HT Photo)
With 33,287 doses, Delhi saw the highest number vaccinations being administered on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Vaccine drive needs to pick up pace by at least sixfold, say health experts

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:36 AM IST
The government has no concrete estimate as to how many people above the age of 45, who have one or more of the 20 specific comorbidities, are living in the city.
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Indian Army personnel receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a military hospital in Jabalpur. (PTI Photo)
Indian Army personnel receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a military hospital in Jabalpur. (PTI Photo)

Army veterans to be vaccinated from next week. All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:28 PM IST
  • The government, when it launched its vaccination programme on January 16, ensured that army personnel involved in active duty also get vaccinated as the nation in its first phase had decided to inoculate healthcare workers as well as frontline workers.
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Carabinieri officers patrol one of the main access road to Bollate, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy.(AP)
Carabinieri officers patrol one of the main access road to Bollate, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy.(AP)

Mutated Covid-19 variants responsible for spike in cases across Europe

AP, Milan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:25 PM IST
  • Europe recorded 1 million new COVID-19 cases last week, an increase of 9% from the previous week and a reversal that ended a six-week decline in new infections, WHO said Thursday.
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A health worker inoculates a 104 yrs old man for Covid-19 vaccine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo )
A health worker inoculates a 104 yrs old man for Covid-19 vaccine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo )

104-year-old takes Covid-19 vaccine at Delhi's hospital, urges all to take shot

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:14 PM IST
The octogenarian told ANI, "I urge everyone who is eligible to come forward and get themselves administered with COVID-19 vaccine. It is totally safe."
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According to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, demonstrators had travelled from several parts of Sweden, which has a ban on public gatherings of more than eight people.(AFP)
According to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, demonstrators had travelled from several parts of Sweden, which has a ban on public gatherings of more than eight people.(AFP)

Swedish police break up coronavirus demonstration in Stockholm

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 10:57 PM IST
Police blocked a bridge in the centre of the city and said on their website they were in dialogue with organisers to persuade demonstrators to disperse. TV images showed police shoving some protesters, while the police said one officer had been slightly injured and taken to hospital.
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The Union health ministry noted that Punjab along with four other states accounted for 82 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases reported in India.(HT Photo)
The Union health ministry noted that Punjab along with four other states accounted for 82 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases reported in India.(HT Photo)

Punjab reports over 1,000 daily new Covid-19 cases for second time in March

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 09:38 PM IST
The bulletin showed that the active caseload too witnessed a spike on Saturday with 7,164 patients—up from 6,661 reported on Friday.
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A health worker takes swab sample of a resident for Covid-19 testing in a housing society, amid a surge in coronavirus cases, at Nehru Nagar in Mumbai.(PTI)
A health worker takes swab sample of a resident for Covid-19 testing in a housing society, amid a surge in coronavirus cases, at Nehru Nagar in Mumbai.(PTI)

Amid surge in Covid-19 cases, these states have imposed fresh restrictions

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 08:55 PM IST
  • The central government has also rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increase in the number of daily new Covid-19 cases being reported by these states.
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The Centre’s counsel said during the hearing that the government had not ordered for the closure of roads under its guidelines and roads would have to be kept open.(File Photo)
The Centre’s counsel said during the hearing that the government had not ordered for the closure of roads under its guidelines and roads would have to be kept open.(File Photo)

‘Will modify Covid travel restrictions with Kerala’: Karnataka govt to HC

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 09:03 PM IST
Karnataka had sealed several roads and national highways with Kerala on February 22 after the former had seen the emergence of two Covid-19 clusters in Bengaluru.
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Veterans and their dependents eligible for Covid-19 vaccination under the government’s guidelines will be able to get vaccinated at service hospitals starting next week.(Reuters)
Veterans and their dependents eligible for Covid-19 vaccination under the government’s guidelines will be able to get vaccinated at service hospitals starting next week.(Reuters)

News updates from HT: Covid-19 vaccination for Army veterans to begin next week

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 08:52 PM IST
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Health Minister K Sudhakar held a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation and progress of vaccination drive in the state. In picture - Beneficiaries registering for vaccine at a private hospital in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Health Minister K Sudhakar held a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation and progress of vaccination drive in the state. In picture - Beneficiaries registering for vaccine at a private hospital in Bengaluru.(PTI)

Covid-19 vaccination at 3,000 centres from March 8, says Karnataka minister

PTI, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 07:58 PM IST
Stressing the need to avoid crowding and agitations at least for the next one month aimed at controlling Covid cases, he said not more than 500 people will be allowed at large gatherings and necessary steps will be taken in this regard.
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Representational Image(Pexels)

Coronavirus pandemic: Can the death of skinny jeans save retail?

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 07:58 PM IST
Shoppers are embracing looser styles of denim. This overdue fashion shift could be a bright spot for an industry reeling from the pandemic.
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The city had tested 53,062 samples on Saturday comprising 28,685 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests and 24,377 Rapid Antigen tests.(HT Photo)
The city had tested 53,062 samples on Saturday comprising 28,685 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests and 24,377 Rapid Antigen tests.(HT Photo)

Delhi logs over 300 new Covid-19 cases for second straight day

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 07:46 PM IST
Also, 320 patients recovered on Saturday, taking the total recoveries to 628,117, according to a health department bulletin.
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A health worker takes swab sample of a resident for Covid-19 testing in a housing society amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Mumbai. (PTI File Photo )
A health worker takes swab sample of a resident for Covid-19 testing in a housing society amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Mumbai. (PTI File Photo )

Maharashtra logs over 10,000 Covid-19 cases for second day, tally above 2.2 mn

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 08:32 PM IST
Maharashtra is among the five states that contributed to 82% of the new cases reported by Saturday morning.
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A nurse prepares to administer a shot of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine at Sola Civil hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The COVID-19 vaccination drive for senior citizens and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities began in government and designated private hospitals in Gujarat on Monday along with the rest of the country. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)(AP)
A nurse prepares to administer a shot of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine at Sola Civil hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The COVID-19 vaccination drive for senior citizens and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities began in government and designated private hospitals in Gujarat on Monday along with the rest of the country. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)(AP)

Gujarat health official tests positive for Covid-19 after two doses of vaccine

PTI, Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 07:27 PM IST
The health officer in Gandhinagar's Dehgam taluk, had taken the first dose on January 16 and the second one on February 15.
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