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The number of tests per day in the state has increased from 35,000 to 80,000 since February 14 due to a spike in cases in some districts, officials said.(HT Photo)

Maharashtra: More positive test reports in private labs than in government labs

PTI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:57 PM IST
The positivity rate of private labs was 18.76 per cent compared to 12.61 per cent for government ones, with a possible reason being the former deploying more rapid antigen test kits, a senior official said.
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Developed and rich nations are opposing the proposal.(AP | Representational image)
Developed and rich nations are opposing the proposal.(AP | Representational image)

Global growth to be hit if IP norms not waived to deal with Covid-19: India

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:44 PM IST
In October 2020, India and South Africa submitted a proposal suggesting a waiver for all WTO (World Trade Organization) members on the implementation, application and enforcement of certain provisions of the TRIPS Agreement.
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Sanitation workers stand in a queue to receive the first dose of vaccine in Delhi.(PTI )
Sanitation workers stand in a queue to receive the first dose of vaccine in Delhi.(PTI )

Fake Co-Win site surfaces as Centre is all set to open registration for vaccines

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:54 PM IST
The government has ruled out the possibility of private hospitals charging random prices for vaccines by capping the amount at maximum 250 per dose, which includes their service charge.
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File photo: A medical worker takes a swab sample from for a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Covid-19 coronavirus test.(AFP)
File photo: A medical worker takes a swab sample from for a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Covid-19 coronavirus test.(AFP)

Karnataka intensifies Covid-19 testing after 3 new clusters in Bengaluru

By HT Correspondent, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 09:38 PM IST
  • The new cases were reported in three clusters at Agragami College, Sambharam College and residents of Purva Venezia apartment.
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The state government had conducted 67,484 Covid-19 tests on Saturday comprising 45,873 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 21,611 Rapid Antigen Tests.(PTI)
The state government had conducted 67,484 Covid-19 tests on Saturday comprising 45,873 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 21,611 Rapid Antigen Tests.(PTI)

Delhi reports 243 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths; active caseload sees slight jump

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:59 PM IST
Active cases jumped from the 1,231 cases reported on Friday to 1,307 cases on Saturday.
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India's second phase of Covid-19 vaccination is set to begin on March 1.(Reuters)
India's second phase of Covid-19 vaccination is set to begin on March 1.(Reuters)

People with these 20 conditions will be priority customers of Covid vaccine

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:08 PM IST
Here is the list of 20 co-morbid conditions released by the government for Covid-19 vaccine priority.
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Crowd at a vegetable market in Maharashtra's Solapur amid Covid-19 surge.(PTI)
Crowd at a vegetable market in Maharashtra's Solapur amid Covid-19 surge.(PTI)

Maharashtra sees spike of 8,623 fresh Covid-19 cases, Mumbai cases drop to 987

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:23 PM IST
Mumbai reported a dip for the first time in the past few days as with 987 cases, its daily toll fall below 1,000.
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A medical worker takes a swab sample from a passenger for a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Covid-19 coronavirus test at the railway station in New Delhi.(AFP)
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a passenger for a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Covid-19 coronavirus test at the railway station in New Delhi.(AFP)

Centre backs testing, identifying mutant strain in 8 Covid-19 hotspot states

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:28 PM IST
Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir have been advised not to lower their guard, enforce Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and deal firmly with violations.
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The number of Covid-19 cases in Panvel, Navi Mumbai, Thane — areas which are covered by Mumbai locals — has increased as well. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
The number of Covid-19 cases in Panvel, Navi Mumbai, Thane — areas which are covered by Mumbai locals — has increased as well. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Are Mumbai locals responsible for Covid-19 spike? Here's what BMC data reveals

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:13 PM IST
On February 1, Mumbai locals were open to the general public with specific time restrictions. On February 10, the first spike was reported when the city witnessed 558 cases.
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EAM Jaishankar had said that India has been "very much" at the forefront of the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and is providing vaccines to the world under 'Vaccine Maitri' initiatives.(Samir Jana/HT File)
EAM Jaishankar had said that India has been "very much" at the forefront of the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and is providing vaccines to the world under 'Vaccine Maitri' initiatives.(Samir Jana/HT File)

Iran expects 250,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:04 PM IST
Alireza Raisi, deputy health minister, says the country will receive doses of other vaccines, including from India, in the “near future” as the country struggles to fight the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East.
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Researchers analysed results from thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out each week as part of hospital screenings of healthcare staff in Cambridge, eastern England.(Pixabay)
Researchers analysed results from thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out each week as part of hospital screenings of healthcare staff in Cambridge, eastern England.(Pixabay)

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine reduces transmission after one dose: UK study

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:56 PM IST
A single dose of Pfizer and BioNtech's Covid-19 vaccine cuts the number of asymptomatic infections and could significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.
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People with income above the threshold will receive smaller payouts.(REUTERS)
People with income above the threshold will receive smaller payouts.(REUTERS)

US Covid relief plan: Here’s who could be eligible for $1,400 direct payments

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:54 PM IST
  • The other key elements of the bill include unemployment benefits until the end of August and monthly benefits to parents of children under the age of 18.
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Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,333. In picture - Covid-19 testing in Mumbai.(HT Photo)
Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,333. In picture - Covid-19 testing in Mumbai.(HT Photo)

Six states report surge in daily new Covid-19 cases: Government

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:05 PM IST
India's present active caseload now stands at 1.44 percent of the country's total positive cases.
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Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba asked the states to enforce Covid appropriate behaviour and deal firmly with any violations of such norms, to further prevent the spread of the disease.(HT Photo)
Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba asked the states to enforce Covid appropriate behaviour and deal firmly with any violations of such norms, to further prevent the spread of the disease.(HT Photo)

As Covid-19 cases rise, Centre asks states to deal Covid-19 violations firmly

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:58 PM IST
Cabinet secretary met the chief secretaries of Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir — states that have been reporting a surge in the active caseload or the number of cases in the past week.
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Ranvir Shorey has fractured his leg.
Ranvir Shorey has fractured his leg.

Ranvir answers if he fractured leg while 'dancing’ after testing Covid-negative

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:46 PM IST
  • Ranvir Shorey was asked by a fan if his leg fracture was caused by too much happy dancing after recovering from Covid-19. See his reply here.
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Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 97th convocation ceremony of DU was conducted in a hybrid manner -- a mix of both online and physical mode.(Handout image)
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 97th convocation ceremony of DU was conducted in a hybrid manner -- a mix of both online and physical mode.(Handout image)

DU's 97th Convocation: Digital degrees awarded to nearly 1,80,000 students

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:18 PM IST
The Delhi University became the first institution in the country to award "digital degrees" to its 1,78,719 students during its 97th annual convocation on Saturday, its acting vice-chancellor P C Joshi claimed.
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A health worker wearing a PPE kit collects a swab sample of an old lady for the COVID-19 test as she arrives at Dadar railway station, in Mumbai on Friday. (ANI Photo)
A health worker wearing a PPE kit collects a swab sample of an old lady for the COVID-19 test as she arrives at Dadar railway station, in Mumbai on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Covid spike in Mumbai: FIR against marriage halls; 120 buildings remain sealed

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:43 PM IST
Though Mumbai has been reporting over 1,000 cases daily, according to the authorities, the situation is not out of control yet as the recovery rate is also high at 93 per cent.
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A medic administers the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a frontline worker in Mumbai.(PTI Photo )
A medic administers the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a frontline worker in Mumbai.(PTI Photo )

2 days to go for Covid-19 vaccination Phase 2. Check eligibility, cost and more

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:02 PM IST
The government has also roped in private hospitals for the phase 2 of the world’s largest Covid-19 immunisation campaign.
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A dozen states running out of beds for patients locked down their main cities, and some declared a night-time curfew to try to stop the spread of novel coronavirus as cases escalated to their worst level since the peak of the pandemic in July.(AFP)
A dozen states running out of beds for patients locked down their main cities, and some declared a night-time curfew to try to stop the spread of novel coronavirus as cases escalated to their worst level since the peak of the pandemic in July.(AFP)

Brazil resorts to lockdowns and curfews to quell Covid-19 surge

Reuters, Brasilia
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:53 AM IST
In Brasilia, where the president lives and works, Governor Ibaneis Rocha decreed a lockdown starting early on Sunday.
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A Palestinian health worker holds a vial of Covid-19 vaccine at the Palestine Red Crescent hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus, on February 4, 2021. (AFP)
A Palestinian health worker holds a vial of Covid-19 vaccine at the Palestine Red Crescent hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus, on February 4, 2021. (AFP)

Committed to providing equal access to vaccines to Palestinians: India at UNSC

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:36 AM IST
  • Nagaraj Naidu also said that India has been helping the war torn region with healthcare equipment, medicines as well as Covid-19 vaccines from the beginning of the pandemic.
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A BMC health worker collects swab sample of a construction worker for Covid-19 test, at Siddhivinayak Metro site in Mumbai on February 25. (PTI File Photo )
A BMC health worker collects swab sample of a construction worker for Covid-19 test, at Siddhivinayak Metro site in Mumbai on February 25. (PTI File Photo )

Covid-19 guidelines extended till March 31, states told to maintain caution

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 09:33 AM IST
The ministry has also advised states and Union territories to step up the pace of vaccination of the target population against the viral disease in order to break the chain of transmission.
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President Joe Biden speaks at a FEMA Covid-19 mass vaccination site at NRG Stadium, Friday(AP Photo)
President Joe Biden speaks at a FEMA Covid-19 mass vaccination site at NRG Stadium, Friday(AP Photo)

Joe Biden says he’s launching campaign on Covid-19 vaccine safety, efficacy

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:10 AM IST
Biden has made curbing the pandemic his top priority. To get there, he needs as many Americans as possible seeking shots in order to reach what’s known as herd immunity.
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In a 44,000-person trial, the vaccine overall was 66% effective at preventing moderate-to-severe cases of Covid-19 compared with a placebo.(AP)
In a 44,000-person trial, the vaccine overall was 66% effective at preventing moderate-to-severe cases of Covid-19 compared with a placebo.(AP)

FDA advisory panel to review J&J Covid-19 vaccine with thumbs up expected

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:09 PM IST
After it receives the recommendation, the FDA is likely to authorize the vaccine for emergency use within a day or so, making it the third available in the United States, and the only one that requires just one shot.
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Bank of America said in December it would extend pandemic benefits for employees who need child- or adult-care services.(REUTERS)
Bank of America said in December it would extend pandemic benefits for employees who need child- or adult-care services.(REUTERS)

Bank of America gives paid time off for US staff to get Covid-19 vaccines

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:50 PM IST
Staff at Bank of America will have the option to use two half days, for up to four hours each, for vaccination appointments this year.
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Adar Poonawalla on Friday met Union home minister Amit Shah and brief him about vaccine capacity.
Adar Poonawalla on Friday met Union home minister Amit Shah and brief him about vaccine capacity.

'Honour to meet you': Adar Poonawalla briefs Amit Shah on vaccine capacity

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:11 PM IST
The government is yet to announce a price for Covishield and Covaxin for those who will get inoculated at private hospitals starting from March 1.
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Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel.(File photo)
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel.(File photo)

C'garh govt will bear cost of Covid-19 vaccination, says chief minister

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:15 PM IST
"If the Union government refuses (to provide free vaccine to all), then we would facilitate Covid vaccination of people in the state at our own expenses," CM Baghel said.
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J&J’s progress is being watched by experts as its vaccine has the potential to make mass vaccination campaigns much easier.(MINT_PRINT)
J&J’s progress is being watched by experts as its vaccine has the potential to make mass vaccination campaigns much easier.(MINT_PRINT)

Third US vaccine could raise question: Which Covid-19 shots are best?

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:12 PM IST
  • If cleared for emergency use, the J&J vaccine would offer a one-dose option that could help speed vaccinations.
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The ministry said 10,405 sessions were held till 6 pm, and that all states and union territories conducted Covid-19 vaccinations during the day.(HT Photo)
The ministry said 10,405 sessions were held till 6 pm, and that all states and union territories conducted Covid-19 vaccinations during the day.(HT Photo)

Health ministry says over 1.37 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:54 PM IST
As per the provisional report till Friday 6 pm, a total of 1,37,56,940 vaccine doses have been given through 2,89,320 sessions
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Even with the addition of the COVAX vaccines, CARICOM will only be able to cover about 20% of its needs, the group said. Some members have also been trying to broker deals through the African Union’s Medical Supplies Platform. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)
Even with the addition of the COVAX vaccines, CARICOM will only be able to cover about 20% of its needs, the group said. Some members have also been trying to broker deals through the African Union’s Medical Supplies Platform. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)

Caribbean countries ask wealthy nations to share vaccine supply

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:38 PM IST
In a statement issued late Thursday, CARICOM said it was “dissatisfied and deeply concerned about the inequitable access to vaccines” it was facing.
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Governments say getting vaccinated and having proper documentation will smoothen the way to travel.(REUTERS)
Governments say getting vaccinated and having proper documentation will smoothen the way to travel.(REUTERS)

In past 3 months, Feb registers highest number of travellers in India: Report

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:30 PM IST
  • According to the report, bookings surged in Goa for both February 15 and February 22 by over 20%.
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