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A sign advertises the availability of Covid-19 vaccine doses at a city centre pharmacy during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia(REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

Australian states free of Covid resist re-opening to avoid Delta variant spread

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Perth, Australia
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 09:35 AM IST
  • Australian states that remain virtually Covid-free, including Western Australia and Queensland, face growing pressure to open their borders but because Australia has one of the lowest vaccination rates of any wealthy country, reopening could mean soaring coronavirus cases
A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a person for a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) test, at a temple near Klong Toey slum community in Bangkok, Thailand (File Photo / REUTERS)
A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a person for a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) test, at a temple near Klong Toey slum community in Bangkok, Thailand (File Photo / REUTERS)

Apart from Delta, which other coronavirus variants are on the radar?

Reuters |
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2021 11:30 AM IST
Covid-19: The Delta variant of the coronavirus first detected in India remains the most worrisome. It is striking unvaccinated populations in many countries and has proven capable of infecting a higher proportion of vaccinated people than its predecessors.
A woman wearing a face mask sits in a cafe in a neighborhood popular with tourists in central Beijing(AP)
A woman wearing a face mask sits in a cafe in a neighborhood popular with tourists in central Beijing(AP)

Covid-19 delta variant hits Chinese economy as services industry contract

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2021 03:38 PM IST
The official purchasing managers surveys showed the services industry contracted for the first time since February 2020 as consumers cut back on spending and travel amid new virus curbs.
Owners and workers at Liuzza’s say tourists make up a large share of their business at Jazz Fest time but the festival was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was postponed this year, then cancelled again, as area hospital populations swell with new patients in a surge fuelled by the delta variant of the virus and the state’s low vaccination rate.(AP Photo/Kevin McGill)
Owners and workers at Liuzza’s say tourists make up a large share of their business at Jazz Fest time but the festival was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was postponed this year, then cancelled again, as area hospital populations swell with new patients in a surge fuelled by the delta variant of the virus and the state’s low vaccination rate.(AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

New Orleans' Jazz Festival suffers, tourism industry worries as Covid-19 rages

AP |
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2021 12:56 PM IST
  • Jazz Fest usually draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to the city. They come for the unique food, music and culture every year, playing a major part in a tourism and hospitality industry that drives the New Orleans economy.
Students flout social distancing as they wait for entry at Doranda College in Ranchi.(PTI)
Students flout social distancing as they wait for entry at Doranda College in Ranchi.(PTI)

Breakthrough Covid infections expected in India; reproduction rate drops below 1

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2021 05:00 PM IST
No new variant of Coronavirus is responsible for breakthrough infections and Delta remains the main factor, the INSACOG has said.
Delta was declared as the variant of concern by the World Health Organization and has spread tp nearly 100 countries.(Representative Photo)
Delta was declared as the variant of concern by the World Health Organization and has spread tp nearly 100 countries.(Representative Photo)

Why vaccinated people largely escaped the worst of Delta surge? Study explains

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2021 06:26 PM IST
The researchers from Washington University analysed a panel of antibodies generated by people in response to Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine and found that Delta was unable to evade all but one of the antibodies they tested.
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014, file photo, tourists take selfies at "The Ruins of St. Paul's" a famous tourist spot, in Macao. Macao authorities ordered the closure of various entertainment venus and will test its population for the coronavirus after the city confirmed four new infections, authorities said Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014, file photo, tourists take selfies at "The Ruins of St. Paul's" a famous tourist spot, in Macao. Macao authorities ordered the closure of various entertainment venus and will test its population for the coronavirus after the city confirmed four new infections, authorities said Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Macao orders closure of entertainment venues but not casinos for Covid-19 tests

AP |
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2021 09:40 AM IST
  • Gambling city Macao orders closure of gyms, bars, massage parlours and karaoke places but not casinos, to test some 6,00,000 residents after a family of four tested positive for the more infectious delta coronavirus variant. The mass testing is expected to last three days
China tightens travel restrictions as Covid-19 Delta variant cases spike(Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)
China tightens travel restrictions as Covid-19 Delta variant cases spike(Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China tightens travel restrictions as Covid-19 Delta variant cases spike

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2021 06:50 PM IST
Wuhan, Beijing, Nanjing and Zhangjiajie tighten travel restrictions and government and state company employees have been barred from leaving the city as Covid-19 Delta variant breaks through coronavirus defences and reaches nearly half of China’s 32 provinces in just two weeks
A BMC health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test of passengers arriving from outstation trains at CSMT station, in Mumbai on July 14, 2021. (HT PHOTO)
A BMC health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test of passengers arriving from outstation trains at CSMT station, in Mumbai on July 14, 2021. (HT PHOTO)

Delta caused 82% Covid cases in 3 months: Data

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2021 04:39 AM IST
According to data from INSACOG,over all, nearly two in three coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections in the country so far have been caused by mutated variants.
The variant was also causing more severe Covid-19 and was more likely to break through protection afforded by vaccines, but the health authority said such incidents were very rare.(AFP)
The variant was also causing more severe Covid-19 and was more likely to break through protection afforded by vaccines, but the health authority said such incidents were very rare.(AFP)

Delta as infectious as chickenpox: CDC report

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2021 03:28 AM IST
The document suggested universal masking, and experts said its content also pointed to the need for a booster third vaccine shot.
A man wearing a face mask and a face shield as protection against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) enters a disinfection booth at a community quarantine checkpoint, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.(Reuters)
A man wearing a face mask and a face shield as protection against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) enters a disinfection booth at a community quarantine checkpoint, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.(Reuters)

Philippines to impose lockdown in Manila to curb Covid-19 Delta variant spread

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2021 03:41 PM IST
The Manila capital region, a sprawl of 16 cities home to more than 13 million people, will be placed under the tightest quarantine curbs from Aug. 6 to 20. People cannot leave their homes, except for essential shopping, while indoor and al fresco dining is banned.
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said there is no scientific evidence either from India or globally to show that children get disproportionately infected with Covid-19 including the Delta variant.
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said there is no scientific evidence either from India or globally to show that children get disproportionately infected with Covid-19 including the Delta variant.

'Can't be speculated': What health ministry said about Delta and 3rd wave in LS

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2021 09:54 PM IST
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya and minister of state Bharati Pravin Pawar on Friday informed the Lok Sabha on Covid-19 third wave, Delta variant and the possible impact of children etc.
The ICMR study also noted that between March and June, there was "high community transmission" of the Delta variant, followed by Alpha and Kappa variants.(PTI)
The ICMR study also noted that between March and June, there was "high community transmission" of the Delta variant, followed by Alpha and Kappa variants.(PTI)

Delta major reason for Covid breakthrough infection: 10 findings of ICMR study

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2021 01:57 PM IST
From the breakthrough infection samples that ICMR studied, it found that Alpha was predominant in north India, while Delta and Kappa caused 2nd-time infections in the rest parts of the country.
Sydney's extended lockdown suppress Covid-19 cases of contagious Delta variant(REUTERS/Loren Elliott)
Sydney's extended lockdown suppress Covid-19 cases of contagious Delta variant(REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

Sydney's extended lockdown suppress Covid-19 cases of contagious Delta variant

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2021 07:25 AM IST
Sydney's lockdown started on June 26 and will remain in place until at least July 30. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that though Covid-19 case numbers are bouncing around, they are seeing a stabilisation and the coronavirus infection is not growing exponentially
People walk the streets of New York, in the United States, as concerns peak over the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country. (File Photo)
People walk the streets of New York, in the United States, as concerns peak over the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country. (File Photo)

Delta variant, first identified in India, now 'dominant' in US

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2021 05:42 AM IST
So far, the 'alpha' variant of Covid-19, first identified in the United Kingdom, had been dominant in the US. Now alpha cases constitute 28.7% of the total cases -- a declining trend -- while delta variant cases are on the rise.
Pfizer CEO Dr Albert Bourla recently said that an agreement with the Indian government regarding the approval of the vaccine in the country is being finalised.(REUTERS)
Pfizer CEO Dr Albert Bourla recently said that an agreement with the Indian government regarding the approval of the vaccine in the country is being finalised.(REUTERS)

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine ‘less effective’ against Delta variant: Israel

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUL 06, 2021 02:28 PM IST
  • Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine is more efficient in giving protection against severe illness and hospitalisation, the data, however, showed
As Delta is emerging as the predominant variant of Covid across the world, a study claims that its symptoms might be different from traditional Covid.(PTI)
As Delta is emerging as the predominant variant of Covid across the world, a study claims that its symptoms might be different from traditional Covid.(PTI)

Delta symptoms may differ from traditional Covid symptoms, claims study

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 03:04 PM IST
The study claims runny nose was not a symptom in earlier cases of Covid but now it has become a primary one -- might be because of the Delta variant.
A deserted street is seen in Brisbane's central business district on June 30, 2021, as the city falls quiet from a lockdown with Australia battling outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON / AFP)
A deserted street is seen in Brisbane's central business district on June 30, 2021, as the city falls quiet from a lockdown with Australia battling outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON / AFP)

Delta variant to become dominant strain of Covid-19 in coming months: WHO

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2021 02:14 PM IST
Alpha variant have been reported in 172 countries, territories or areas in the world. Delta on the other hand is rapidly spreading and has been detected in 96 countries.
The delta variant of coronavirus is the dominant strain in the UK.(Reuters File Photo)
The delta variant of coronavirus is the dominant strain in the UK.(Reuters File Photo)

Who is at higher risk of contracting delta variant? Study reveals

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2021 08:45 AM IST
A detailed study conducted by Scottish researchers last month showed that the delta variant doubles the risk of hospitalisation compared with the previously dominant variant in the UK.
Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, the former head of ICMR, said this mutant alone may not be vaccine-evasive. (File photo)(ANI)
Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, the former head of ICMR, said this mutant alone may not be vaccine-evasive. (File photo)(ANI)

Can't say Delta Plus is spreading rapidly: Former ICMR head

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 26, 2021 03:24 PM IST
Dr Gangakhedkar said that Delta Plus is a low transmissible strain and if it continues to remain so, then it will not replace the Delta variant, which is the predominant one now.
Sydney struggles to contain Covid-19 Delta infections, goes into lockdown(Bloomberg)
Sydney struggles to contain Covid-19 Delta infections, goes into lockdown(Bloomberg)

Sydney struggles to contain Covid-19 Delta infections, goes into lockdown

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2021 09:40 AM IST
The lockdown restrictions in Sydney, which were scheduled to end on Wednesday, are now extended until midnight on July 2 as Covid-19 Delta infections spike
Previously, the Delhi Covid-19 strain was only considered only a "variant of interest" by the US CDC. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Previously, the Delhi Covid-19 strain was only considered only a "variant of interest" by the US CDC. (File Photo / REUTERS)

Covid-19 Delta variant classified as 'variant of concern' by US CDC

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 11:31 AM IST
The CDC said the Delta variant shows increased transmissibility, potential reduction in neutralisation by some monoclonal antibody treatments under emergency authorisation, and potential reduction in neutralization from sera after vaccination in lab tests
Pedestrians walk past a sign warning members of the public about a 'Coronavirus variant of concern' in Hounslow, west London, about the Delta variant of the coronavirus.(AFP Photo)
Pedestrians walk past a sign warning members of the public about a 'Coronavirus variant of concern' in Hounslow, west London, about the Delta variant of the coronavirus.(AFP Photo)

Delta Plus: All you need to know about new, deadly variant of coronavirus

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 10:14 AM IST
The newly-mutated 'Delta Plus' variant is resistant to the monoclonal antibody cocktail treatment for Covid-19 recently authorised in India, the scientists have said.
Members of the armed forces speak to people, outside a mobile Covid-19 vaccination centre, in Bolton, England.(AP File Photo)
Members of the armed forces speak to people, outside a mobile Covid-19 vaccination centre, in Bolton, England.(AP File Photo)

As Delta wreaks havoc, five questions answered about the new Covid variant

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 09:46 AM IST
The new Delta variant of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is spreading rapidly across the world, and has even delayed the UK government's plan to unlock the country fully
UK lockdown may extend beyond June 21 owing to Delta variant of Covid-19(AFP)
UK lockdown may extend beyond June 21 owing to Delta variant of Covid-19(AFP)

UK lockdown may extend beyond June 21 owing to Delta variant of Covid-19

PTI |
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 09:23 PM IST
Downing Street said that data emerging over the coming week will be "crucial" in deciding whether all legal coronavirus restrictions can end as hoped on June 21 amid a continuing rise in the cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in parts of the United Kingdom
CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday that Delta will need takers for its unpaid-leave program “for the foreseeable future.”(Unsplash)
CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday that Delta will need takers for its unpaid-leave program “for the foreseeable future.”(Unsplash)

Delta asks more workers to take leave as travel slump widens

Atlanta | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 10:23 AM IST
Delta Air Lines has managed to avoid furloughs but is now asking more employees to take unpaid leaves of absence, a sign of the deepening slump in air travel as coronavirus cases increase across the United States.
Trucks are seen in a flooded lot after Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US(Reuters image)
Trucks are seen in a flooded lot after Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US(Reuters image)

Oil explorers get back to work after hurricane Delta rakes Louisiana

By Bloomberg | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 11, 2020 06:17 AM IST
Bristow Group Inc., which transports offshore crews to and from oil platforms and drilling ships by helicopter, had already returned 50 or 60 workers to various Gulf installations by early afternoon on Saturday.
A man returns to his vehicle after checking road conditions during heavy rainfall ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Delta in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US.(Reuters)
A man returns to his vehicle after checking road conditions during heavy rainfall ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Delta in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US.(Reuters)

With whipping winds, Delta drenches Louisiana, Mississippi

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 02:10 PM IST
Delta hit as a Category 2 hurricane, with top winds of 100 mph (155 kph) but rapidly grew weaker.
People not travelling together are seated next to each other, many of them toward the rear of the small plane, while several rows of seats toward the front remain empty.(Unsplash)
People not travelling together are seated next to each other, many of them toward the rear of the small plane, while several rows of seats toward the front remain empty.(Unsplash)

Ghostly airports but easy security checks: Air travel in the time of the virus

Rapid City, United States | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 12:26 PM IST
Ghostly airports, countless flight cancellations, shops and restaurants closed: the coronavirus has played havoc with air travel in the United States.
Delta Air Lines was Friday fined $50,000 by the US Department of Transportation(REUTERS)
Delta Air Lines was Friday fined $50,000 by the US Department of Transportation(REUTERS)

Delta airlines fined $50,000 for discriminating against Muslim passengers

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 04:58 PM IST
In one incident on July 26, 2016, a Muslim couple were removed from Delta Flight 229 at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris after a passenger told a flight attendant their behavior made her “very uncomfortable and nervous”.
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