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An alert was still issued by the South African institute since the C.1.2 variant is reported to contain a few "key mutations" (Representational Image)

C.1.2 variant: Centre says no cases in India so far, but how deadly is it?

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2021 11:54 AM IST
C.1.2 Covid-19 variant was first detected in South Africa in May, but an alert about the "C.1.2 lineage" was issued by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Monday. It said, however, that the Delta variant is still the most dominant strain of the coronavirus in South Africa.
Health workers converse during a drive-in facility for Covid-19 vaccination at a car parking area of a shopping mall in Kochi, Kerala, on Friday, Aug.27, 2021. (AP)
Health workers converse during a drive-in facility for Covid-19 vaccination at a car parking area of a shopping mall in Kochi, Kerala, on Friday, Aug.27, 2021. (AP)

Covid-19 this week: Surge in daily tally of cases, driven by Kerala cases

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2021 01:49 PM IST
Covid-19 update: In a new record this week, India also administered on Friday more than 10 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in a single day across the nation for the first time since the start of the mass inoculation programme on January 16.
A healthcare worker checks temperatures before Covid-19 test of passengers arriving from outstation trains at Dadar station. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
A healthcare worker checks temperatures before Covid-19 test of passengers arriving from outstation trains at Dadar station. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Kerala, Maharashtra among top contributors to fresh nationwide surge

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2021 11:04 AM IST
Of the nationwide total of 46,164 new infections, Kerala’s contribution was 31,445 and Maharashtra’s 5,031.
People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus talk to each other outside a grocery store at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing.(AP File Photo)
People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus talk to each other outside a grocery store at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing.(AP File Photo)

China's post-Covid-19 path to normalcy: Parallels for India

By Institute of Chinese Studies
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2021 07:08 AM IST
The study has been authored by Santosh Pai.
Volunteers from a trust prepare to cremate the body of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a crematorium in Gujarat. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Volunteers from a trust prepare to cremate the body of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a crematorium in Gujarat. (File Photo / REUTERS)

‘India has robust system’: Govt refutes claims of undercounting Covid-19 deaths

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2021 11:56 AM IST
Highlighting recent media reports alleging that India’s toll of excess deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic could be in millions, the government said that US and European countries’ age-specific infection fatality rates have been used to calculate excess deaths in India based on the seropositivity.
Devotees pay obeisance outside Lord Vithal-Rukmini Temple on the occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi as temples are still closed following Covid-19 protocols, at Dadar in Mumbai, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (PTI)
Devotees pay obeisance outside Lord Vithal-Rukmini Temple on the occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi as temples are still closed following Covid-19 protocols, at Dadar in Mumbai, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (PTI)

India Covid-19 tally shoots up again after 42,015 cases recorded in 24 hours

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2021 09:57 AM IST
India's active cases of Covid-19 also rose by 1040 in the last 24 hours and settled at 407170. These account for 1.3% of total infections. The country's recovery rate stood at 97.37% on Wednesday, as 36,977 people were cured of the coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, data updated at 8am showed.
A Delta Air Lines jet takes off from Hollywood Burbank Airport Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Burbank. (AP/ File photo)
A Delta Air Lines jet takes off from Hollywood Burbank Airport Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Burbank. (AP/ File photo)

US eases travel advisory for India, urges citizens to reconsider travelling

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2021 09:01 AM IST
The US state department issued a statement easing travel on Monday and said that the advisory encouraging travel to India comes in the wake of acknowledgement of the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the region.
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

India records 41,157 Covid-19 cases, 518 deaths in 24 hours

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2021 09:45 AM IST
The active cases in India dipped further in the last 24 hours and were logged at 422,660, accounting for 1.36 % of the total cases recorded in the country since the start of the outbreak last year.
Kerala has so far 3,130,833 cases and 15,155 deaths due to Covid-19(AP file photo)
Kerala has so far 3,130,833 cases and 15,155 deaths due to Covid-19(AP file photo)

Kerala to relax lockdown curbs for Bakrid. Union minister offers a suggestion

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2021 07:26 PM IST
Kerala, which is continuing to report a high number of Covid-19 cases, will see lesser restrictions on July 18, 19 and 20 due to Bakrid, which will be celebrated either on July 20 or 21.
Greater Noida: Hospital staff set up a 100-bedded pediatrics facility for children at the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida, earlier this month. (PTI)
Greater Noida: Hospital staff set up a 100-bedded pediatrics facility for children at the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida, earlier this month. (PTI)

Covid-19 this week: Third wave fears loom large, kids to get vaccines soon

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2021 08:21 AM IST
Although India has been witnessing a decline in the number of daily new Covid-19 cases, talks of a potential third wave of the coronavirus disease pandemic have raised concerns.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (File Photo / AFP)
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (File Photo / AFP)

Canada likely to allow entry to fully vaccinated travellers by early September

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2021 08:27 AM IST
Trudeau noted Canada continues to lead G20 countries in vaccination rates with approximately 80% of eligible Canadians vaccinated with their first dose and over 50% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(HT PRINT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(HT PRINT)

News updates from HT: Rahul Gandhi attacks govt over vaccine shortage

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2021 12:54 PM IST
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Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Coronavirus: Delhi children suffer post-Covid symptoms like headaches, brain fog

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2021 07:35 PM IST
Apart from complaints of MISC (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children), experts are also seeing children, who had mild Covid, coming to them with delayed recovery.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with chief ministers of northeastern states on Covid-19 situation via video conferencing in New Delhi, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with chief ministers of northeastern states on Covid-19 situation via video conferencing in New Delhi, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (PTI)

At Covid review meet with N-E states, PM shows concern over tourist rush

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2021 02:28 PM IST
"The number of Covid-19 cases is rising," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, addressing the chief ministers present at the meet, "We need to take strict action to curb the situation at the micro-level."
Agriculture and related activities have also been allowed to resume by the Goa government. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Agriculture and related activities have also been allowed to resume by the Goa government. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

Goa extends statewide curfew, issues new guidelines. Check what’s allowed

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 07:19 PM IST
  • Goa government has allowed indoor gyms will be allowed to function at 50% capacity and sports complexes will be allowed to open without spectators
Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.(HT Photo)
Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.(HT Photo)

News updates: Yogi Adityanath says rising population behind societal inequality

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 08:49 AM IST
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Police personnel warning tourists to wear face masks at Ridge, Shimla on Saturday, (Photo by Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)
Police personnel warning tourists to wear face masks at Ridge, Shimla on Saturday, (Photo by Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)

What are hill stations doing to check Covid amid tourist influx? Centre reviews

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 07:45 PM IST
The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic is at various stages in the country, the Centre said as it reviewed the actions taken by states which are at a greater risk of the spread of the virus.
Heavy crowd at Gaffar Market, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, July 9, 2021. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Heavy crowd at Gaffar Market, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, July 9, 2021. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)

Delhi rolls out graded plan for Covid-19 curbs

By Abhishek Dey
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 04:24 AM IST
The graded response action plan, which harks back to a similar mechanism to fight air pollution during pre-winter months, was drafted by an expert committee formed by the Delhi government and approved by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
CM Kejriwal has said there will be no doubts about Covid-19 lockdown imposing and opening.
CM Kejriwal has said there will be no doubts about Covid-19 lockdown imposing and opening.

Delhi's third wave action plan

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2021 04:43 AM IST
  • Delhi's third wave action plan
Tourists visit the Mall Road afoter relaxation in Covid-19 curfew, in Manali, Saturday, July 3, 2021. (PTI)
Tourists visit the Mall Road afoter relaxation in Covid-19 curfew, in Manali, Saturday, July 3, 2021. (PTI)

Rush at hills an invitation for virus to spread, warns Centre

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2021 02:05 AM IST
A video of a crowded Kempty falls in Uttarakhand’s Mussourie was also presented at the briefing, where Niti Aayog member, VK Paul, said that although tourism was key to economic revival for some areas, not observing mask discipline and social distancing “can lead to a serious situation”.
A worker stoking a funeral pyre during cremations of Covid-19 victims at Sarai Kale Khan crematorium, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, May 06, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)
A worker stoking a funeral pyre during cremations of Covid-19 victims at Sarai Kale Khan crematorium, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, May 06, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)

Data points to gross underestimation of Covid deaths

By Abhishek Jha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2021 05:01 AM IST
HMIS has recorded 827,597 deaths in April-May 2021, a number that is far greater than what was seen in the last three years.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a media briefing at National Media Centre in New Delhi, India, on Monday, June 28, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a media briefing at National Media Centre in New Delhi, India, on Monday, June 28, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times)

Economy shows signs of revival from second wave, says finance minister

By Asit Ranjan Mishra, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2021 04:42 AM IST
The Union cabinet on Thursday approved a 23,123 crore package to prevent a repeat of the devastating second wave that claimed thousands of lives and exposed India’s creaky healthcare infrastructure.
Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Coronavirus | Very few kids need to shield from Covid-19: Study

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2021 01:13 PM IST
Most young people face an “extremely low” risk of illness and death from Covid-19 and have no need to shield from the virus, according to researchers behind a large U.K. study.
Daily new cases have since fallen sharply, but the latest statistics underline the need for caution. (REUTERS)
Daily new cases have since fallen sharply, but the latest statistics underline the need for caution. (REUTERS)

Second Covid-19 wave lingering, or early signs of 3rd?

By Abhishek Jha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2021 04:43 AM IST
What is worrying about the current situation is that the nature of the infection's curve changed a month ago. The 7-day average of new cases was declining at the rate of 6.7% per day on June 2.
A lady conductor issues tickets to customer during start of Kerala RTC services in Kozhikode.(PTI)
A lady conductor issues tickets to customer during start of Kerala RTC services in Kozhikode.(PTI)

Kerala continues to reel under Covid

By Ramesh Babu, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2021 03:52 AM IST
Experts have warned the government that things could get worse unless it imposes more restrictions on movement and activities, and then enforces them.
A video of many tourists bathing at Mussoorie's Kempty Falls has surfaced on the internet.(Twitter)
A video of many tourists bathing at Mussoorie's Kempty Falls has surfaced on the internet.(Twitter)

Flouting Covid-19 rules, maskless tourists throng Mussoorie's Kempty falls

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2021 01:46 PM IST
  • Videos have emerged on social media which show tourists bathing at Mussoorie's famous Kempty Falls. Social distancing went for a toss as people gathered at the popular tourist spot
Ministers have been working on remodeling of pandemic rules for foreign trips to give more freedom to fully vaccinated passengers returning to England from destinations on the government’s amber list.
Ministers have been working on remodeling of pandemic rules for foreign trips to give more freedom to fully vaccinated passengers returning to England from destinations on the government’s amber list.

Vaccinated British travelers no longer need to isolate under new rule

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2021 01:11 PM IST
  • Under existing rules on foreign travel, visitors to more than 100 destinations including the US market and some of the most popular European destinations are required to isolate for 10 days on their return to the UK.
Berejiklian has flagged that her government may need to impose harsher restrictions in three southwestern Sydney local government areas(Reuters)
Berejiklian has flagged that her government may need to impose harsher restrictions in three southwestern Sydney local government areas(Reuters)

Sydney's delta outbreak reaches record daily high since mid-June

Bloomberg | , Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2021 09:10 AM IST
  • On Wednesday, Australian politician Gladys Berejiklian announced the initial two-week lockdown, due to expire on Friday, would need to be extended for at least another week.
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