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In Delhi, the Delta variant was relatively obscure at 5% in February, at a time when the Alpha variant’s prevalence was estimated at 20% of all samples.(HT Photos)

Alpha to Delta switch behind city’s 4th wave

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2021 07:19 AM IST
  • Late on Thursday, Public Health England (PHE) updated its technical analysis of the variant to say that the variant that was first found in India is more likely to lead to hospitalisations than the variant that has been predominant in the UK.
After successfully containing the coronavirus for most of last year, Vietnam is now battling an outbreak that is spreading more quickly. REUTERS/Thanh Hue/File Photo(REUTERS)
After successfully containing the coronavirus for most of last year, Vietnam is now battling an outbreak that is spreading more quickly. REUTERS/Thanh Hue/File Photo(REUTERS)

Vietnam detects hybrid of B.1.617 and UK Covid-19 variant

Reuters | , Hanoi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 10:14 AM IST
  • "After running gene sequencing on newly detected patients, we have discovered a new variant that is a mix of India and UK ones," Nguyen Thanh Long was quoted as saying.
Initial rapid growth of B.1.617.2 had been among people who had travelled and who had a higher chance of living in multi-generational households or in deprived areas. REUTERS/Toby Melville(REUTERS)
Initial rapid growth of B.1.617.2 had been among people who had travelled and who had a higher chance of living in multi-generational households or in deprived areas. REUTERS/Toby Melville(REUTERS)

Double mutant Covid variant may be spreading in Britain less quickly

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 03:27 PM IST
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday warned that the emergence of the B.1.617.2 variant might derail his plans to lift England's lockdown fully on June 21 but said that it all depended on the degree to which it spread.
Family members and undertakers carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at an open-air crematorium set up for the coronavirus victims inside a defunct granite quarry on the outskirts of Bangalore on May 8, 2021, as India recorded more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
Family members and undertakers carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at an open-air crematorium set up for the coronavirus victims inside a defunct granite quarry on the outskirts of Bangalore on May 8, 2021, as India recorded more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP)

Covid-19 Highlights: Uttarakhand to impose curfew from May 11 to May 18

UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 12:19 AM IST
For the second day in a row, India registered more than 4,000 daily Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the cumulative death toll to 242,362. More than 4 lakh new cases were also recorded, which pushed the infection tally to 22,296,414.
Three-four states had shown higher variant load, including Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. (ANI Photo)
Three-four states had shown higher variant load, including Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. (ANI Photo)

Third wave of Covid inevitable, says government

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 08:24 AM IST
  • “A phase three is inevitable, given the high levels of circulating virus, but it is not clear on what time scale this phase 3 will occur."
Patients suffering from coronavirus disease (Covid-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)
Patients suffering from coronavirus disease (Covid-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

India records 382,315 new Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 20.66 million

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 09:48 AM IST
India, battling the more infectious second wave of the coronavirus disease, has now registered over 300,000 daily Covid-19 cases for two weeks straight.
The Allahabad high court took note of the grim coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in the country and highlighted stories viral on social media of hapless citizens begging for an oxygen cylinder to save the life of their near and dear ones. (File Photo / Representational Image)
The Allahabad high court took note of the grim coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in the country and highlighted stories viral on social media of hapless citizens begging for an oxygen cylinder to save the life of their near and dear ones. (File Photo / Representational Image)

'No less than genocide': Allahabad HC on deaths due to non-supply of oxygen

PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 08:32 AM IST
The Allahabad high court observed the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in India and said that the deaths of patients due to non-supply of oxygen amounts to a 'criminal act', nothing short of a 'genocide'.
New Delhi: Volunteers set up an under-construction temporary Covid-19 Care Centre of 200 beds with oxygen support, amid the ongoing second wave of coronavirus pandemic, at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi, Monday, May 3, 2021. (PTI)
New Delhi: Volunteers set up an under-construction temporary Covid-19 Care Centre of 200 beds with oxygen support, amid the ongoing second wave of coronavirus pandemic, at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi, Monday, May 3, 2021. (PTI)

India clocks 357,229 new Covid-19 cases, tally zooms past 20-million mark

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 09:32 AM IST
Tuesday's numbers show that India has now been clocking more than 300,000 daily Covid-19 cases for 13 days straight, with the health system crumbling under the weight of new coronavirus cases and hospitals continuing to report a shortage of ICU beds and medical oxygen.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)

Centre 'policy paralysed', can't secure victory over coronavirus: Rahul Gandhi

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 03:58 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi has been highlighting "high costs" for the Covid-19 vaccines. He had also criticised the prime minister Narendra Modi-led government for robbing people of his friends.
A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) receives treatment inside a casualty ward at a hospital in New Delhi. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)
A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) receives treatment inside a casualty ward at a hospital in New Delhi. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Covid-19 LIVE updates: Punjab reports 6,798 new cases, 157 deaths in last 24 hrs

UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 11:23 PM IST
On Monday, the country recorded as many as 368,147 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, pushing the total coronavirus infection tally close to the 20-million mark. Although grim, today's daily spike indicates a sharp decline from the nearly four lakh new cases recorded a day ago.
Jharkhand: People queue up outside an inoculation centre for Covid-19 vaccine in Ranchi. (ANI File Photo)
Jharkhand: People queue up outside an inoculation centre for Covid-19 vaccine in Ranchi. (ANI File Photo)

Jharkhand sees record 159 fatalities from Covid-19, death toll climbs to 2,829

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 07:19 AM IST
Of the total 2,829 new deaths in Jharkhand, 45 casualties occurred in state capital Ranchi.
People walk past the Trevi Fountain amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Rome, Italy. (REUTERS)
People walk past the Trevi Fountain amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Rome, Italy. (REUTERS)

Indian Covid variant detected in northern Italy

AFP | , Venice
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2021 09:57 PM IST
The news follows reports of another case in the central region of Tuscany last month, and comes after the Italian government banned arrivals from the virus-hit country.
People wait for their turn to get the dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at an indoor stadium of RG Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati on Thursday. (ANI photo)
People wait for their turn to get the dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at an indoor stadium of RG Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati on Thursday. (ANI photo)

News updates from HT: Over 135 million vaccine doses administered in India

PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2021 01:08 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Uttar Pradesh minister Sidharth Nath Singh slammed Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision to impose a lockdown in the national capital. (File Photo)
Uttar Pradesh minister Sidharth Nath Singh slammed Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision to impose a lockdown in the national capital. (File Photo)

Lockdown in Delhi imposed 'in a rush' to 'cover failures': UP minister

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 03:13 PM IST
"When a lockdown is imposed in a rush, without preparation, and to cover your own failures, then this is how the arrangements cripple and people are disturbed," Sidharth Nath Singh said.
The UP government, represented by solicitor general Tushar Mehta, mentioned the matter before the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde. (Representational Image)
The UP government, represented by solicitor general Tushar Mehta, mentioned the matter before the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde. (Representational Image)

UP govt moves SC against Allahabad HC order imposing Covid-19 curbs in 5 cities

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 12:10 PM IST
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the UP government plea today itself, news agencies reported. The Allahabad high court had on Monday imposed Covid-19 curbs on five cities in Uttar Pradesh -- Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar, and Gorakhpur -- till April 26.
Ayush Prasad, chief executive officer (CEO) of Zilla Parishad, had earlier said that 35,000 antigen kits would be given to 234 hotspots in rural Pune for mass testing. (PTI)
Ayush Prasad, chief executive officer (CEO) of Zilla Parishad, had earlier said that 35,000 antigen kits would be given to 234 hotspots in rural Pune for mass testing. (PTI)

Pune Zilla Parishad workers contribute one day's salary for health services

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 11:11 AM IST
The money would be given as an incentive to doctors serving the Covid-19 patients, in addition to their salaries, Pune Zilla Parishad CEO Ayush Prasad said.
Delhi: According to the DMRC, restricted entry is allowed for metro stations such as Rajiv Chowk, MG Road, New Delhi and Chandni Chowk as part of the crowd control measures. (File Photo / Representational Image)
Delhi: According to the DMRC, restricted entry is allowed for metro stations such as Rajiv Chowk, MG Road, New Delhi and Chandni Chowk as part of the crowd control measures. (File Photo / Representational Image)

Delhi Metro shuts entry gates at multiple metro stations to avoid crowding

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 11:02 AM IST
Entry for the following stations have been temporarily closed to ensure social distancing as part of the DMRC's "crowd control measures": Jhandewalan, R K Ashram Marg, Karkardooma, Preet Vihar, Nirman Vihar, Supreme Court, Anand Vihar, ISBT, Vaishali." However, exit for all stations is allowed.
Kangana Ranaut poses for a photoshoot.
Kangana Ranaut poses for a photoshoot.

Kangana Ranaut lashes out against 'fools' who are 'depressed' by pandemic

PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 10:00 AM IST
  • Kangana Ranaut has called those who are feeling 'angry, rattled, depressed' by the pandemic 'fools' and 'idiots' who are 'throwing their weight around'.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with healthcare professionals through video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday. (Photo via ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with healthcare professionals through video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday. (Photo via ANI)

PM Modi to meet Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers at 6pm

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 09:59 AM IST
Prime Minister Modi's meeting on Tuesday is scheduled to be held through video conferencing at 6pm. Those expected to be present are representatives of top vaccine manufacturers from India and abroad, including the companies whose Covid-19 vaccines have already been approved by the government
Covid-19 health workers take a rest in-between work in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 19, 2021. (Manish Swarup / AP PHOTO)
Covid-19 health workers take a rest in-between work in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 19, 2021. (Manish Swarup / AP PHOTO)

News updates from HT: Delhi struggles to keep up with ICU, oxygen demand

PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 08:50 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9am on Tuesday. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
People wait to give their swab samples for testing in Gurugram, Haryana, earlier this week. (HT Photo / File)
People wait to give their swab samples for testing in Gurugram, Haryana, earlier this week. (HT Photo / File)

Haryana records 6,842 new Covid-19 cases, Gurugram worst-hit district

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 07:22 AM IST
Haryana: Among the districts that reported a big spike in Covid-19 cases are Gurugram (1,809), Faridabad (1,080), Sonipat (588), Hisar (527) and Panipat (351) districts.
Dr VK Paul, member (health), Niti Aayog(File photo)
Dr VK Paul, member (health), Niti Aayog(File photo)

Young not more prone to Covid-19 in 2nd wave: Govt

By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2021 02:23 AM IST
The analysis also found that in both the waves, 70% of those hospitalised were above 40.
Pooja Bedi and Maneck Contractor.
Pooja Bedi and Maneck Contractor.

Pooja Bedi asked if she's qualified to give medical advice, tweets her defence

PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 10:55 AM IST
  • Pooja Bedi, who has been endorsing alternative medicine as a valid deterrent against the coronavirus, has been responding to her detractors on Twitter.
Graphic shared by the Union ministry of information and broadcasting on its Covid-19 portal on Twitter
Graphic shared by the Union ministry of information and broadcasting on its Covid-19 portal on Twitter

Centre lists top 10 states with most active Covid-19 cases. Check here

PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 10:33 AM IST
Maharashtra, with over 670,000 active Covid-19 cases, tops the list, followed by Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, with more than one lakh active cases. Next are Kerala, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, which have between 100,000-60,000 active cases.
Certain NCDs in individuals increase Covid-19 vulnerability and make them more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus disease. (File Photo / Representational Image)
Certain NCDs in individuals increase Covid-19 vulnerability and make them more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus disease. (File Photo / Representational Image)

Are you more likely to get Covid-19? Govt lists coronavirus risk factors

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 08:37 AM IST
The Covid-19 risk factors, which include diabetes, old age, smoking, and certain cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, are likely to make an individual more likely to contract the coronavirus disease.
At 68,631, Maharashtra reported its highest number of single day cases since the beginning of the pandemic. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)
At 68,631, Maharashtra reported its highest number of single day cases since the beginning of the pandemic. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)

Flight bans, oxygen shortages and fresh curbs: Top Covid-19 news of the day

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 11:16 PM IST
  • States record highest ever daily spike of Covid-19 cases and fatalities as the second wave sweeps through the nation causing acute shortages
Volunteer Rick Champany gives vaccination cards to Yessica Guerra and Jahelin Duran after they received coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines at a rural vaccination site in Columbus, New Mexico, US. (Reuters Photo)
Volunteer Rick Champany gives vaccination cards to Yessica Guerra and Jahelin Duran after they received coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines at a rural vaccination site in Columbus, New Mexico, US. (Reuters Photo)

Coronavirus is airborne. Experts give 10 reasons in support

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 10:21 AM IST
The coronavirus disease has affected 140,531,290 and killed 3,012,206 across 219 countries and territories in the world, according to worldometers.info.
The double mutation virus – now classified as B.1.617 – was the most common in the samples sequenced in the 60 days prior to April 2 at 24%.(ANI Photo)
The double mutation virus – now classified as B.1.617 – was the most common in the samples sequenced in the 60 days prior to April 2 at 24%.(ANI Photo)

'Double mutant' most common variant now: India's genome data

By Binayak Dasgupta, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 06:45 AM IST
  • The analysis shows for the first time how the detection of various variants of the coronavirus may have changed.
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.
Researchers sequenced 750 genomes of the novel coronavirus from infected individuals and analysed mutations for their potential to alter T cell epitopes.(Reuters)
Researchers sequenced 750 genomes of the novel coronavirus from infected individuals and analysed mutations for their potential to alter T cell epitopes.(Reuters)

Study says some coronavirus mutations help it evade T-killer cells

PTI | , London
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 04:22 PM IST
In the current study, published in the journal Cell Immunology, the researchers sequenced 750 genomes of the novel coronavirus from infected individuals and analysed mutations for their potential to alter T cell epitopes.
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