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The highest number of Delta Plus variant cases in India was detected in the state of Maharashtra.(ANI)

70 Delta Plus variant cases found across 16 states, UT: Govt tells Lok Sabha

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2021 04:23 PM IST
  • Earlier this month, a consortium of government panels involved in genome sequencing said that the sub-lineages of the Delta variant were unlikely to be more transmissible than Delta itself.
The Delta variant -- originally known as B.1.617.2 -- might cause more severe disease, according to the document.(AFP)
The Delta variant -- originally known as B.1.617.2 -- might cause more severe disease, according to the document.(AFP)

Delta variant may spread as easily as chickenpox: Reports

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2021 12:29 PM IST
The contents of the document - a slide presentation - were first reported by The Washington Post on Thursday.
The Philippines will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area.(AP file photo)
The Philippines will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area.(AP file photo)

Philippines to suspend travel from Malaysia, Thailand from Sunday

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 24, 2021 09:07 AM IST
To try and prevent further domestic transmission of the Delta variant, President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the capital region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities that is home to more than 13 million people, and four provinces under stricter coronavirus curbs until the end of July.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky called Delta variant of Covid-19 a pandemic of the unvaccinated,(Bloomberg)
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky called Delta variant of Covid-19 a pandemic of the unvaccinated,(Bloomberg)

Delta Covid-19 variant behind surge in US death toll: Amercian health experts

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shanza Khan | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2021 11:25 PM IST
Delta Covid-19 variant grows faster in the body than previous strains which is causing dominance all over the world and increasing death tolls in the US.
Countries with lesser vaccine coverage remain to be at risk, the WHO has said. (PTI)
Countries with lesser vaccine coverage remain to be at risk, the WHO has said. (PTI)

Delta in 111 countries, Delta Plus unlikely to be more transmissible | 10 points

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2021 01:26 PM IST
Experts have said that there is no evidence to suggest that Delta Plus is more transmissible than Delta.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

‘Early stages’ of Covid-19 third wave, amid Delta surge: WHO

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2021 10:10 AM IST
WHO chief said that the recent spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus is being fueled by "increased social mobility" and inconsistency in the use of proven public health and social measures
A BMC worker collects sample of a passenger for Covid-19 test, at a train station in Mumbai on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
A BMC worker collects sample of a passenger for Covid-19 test, at a train station in Mumbai on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

'Don't believe rumours around coronavirus variants, follow ABCD', says Centre

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2021 09:14 AM IST
The Delta variant, which first emerged in India in December last year, has been blamed for driving the infection spike in India in April-May during the second wave of the coronavirus disease.
Centre said there is no Delta Plus case in Tripura.
Centre said there is no Delta Plus case in Tripura.

Delta, not Delta Plus: Govt on Tripura's claim of 138 cases

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2021 10:50 PM IST
A day after Tripura claimed 138 Delta Plus cases have been reported from the state, the Centre said those are not Delta Plus, but of Delta variant.
A large number of tourists strolling at Ridge in Shimla in July. (Photo by Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)
A large number of tourists strolling at Ridge in Shimla in July. (Photo by Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)

Delta, Delta Plus, Lambda: A doctor's takes on 3 variants of Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 03:20 PM IST
The 2nd wave of India's Covid-19 pandemic has been attributed mostly to the Delta variant, first reported in India in October 2020.
According to an interim analysis from a trial published in The Lancet medical journal, the Sputnik V vaccine has 91.6 per cent efficacy.
According to an interim analysis from a trial published in The Lancet medical journal, the Sputnik V vaccine has 91.6 per cent efficacy.

Sputnik V gives 90% protection against Delta strain of Covid-19: Scientist

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2021 11:34 AM IST
  • Russia became the first country in the world to register a vaccine against the coronavirus, dubbed Sputnik V, in August 2020.
The Union health ministry said earlier this week on Wednesday that 'variants of concern' of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were detected in as many as 174 districts across 35 states and Union territories. (Representational Image)
The Union health ministry said earlier this week on Wednesday that 'variants of concern' of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were detected in as many as 174 districts across 35 states and Union territories. (Representational Image)

Tripura sent 151 samples for testing. More than half are positive for Delta plus

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 06:54 AM IST
As many as 90 samples of the total 151 that Chhattisgarh sent for genome sequencing turned out positive for the Delta plus variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which scientists say may drive a potential third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India.
Health workers take a nasal swab of a woman to test for Covid-19 in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh state, India, June 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Health workers take a nasal swab of a woman to test for Covid-19 in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh state, India, June 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

UP reports Delta plus cases, variants of concern found in 174 districts

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2021 09:25 AM IST
It is said that the Delta plus Covid-19 variant may drive a potential third wave of the pandemic in India. The Delta variant was the key driver behind the last wave, which was almost twice as deadly as the first.
In western US states like Utah and Colorado, the Delta variant is causing 74.3% of infections.(AFP)
In western US states like Utah and Colorado, the Delta variant is causing 74.3% of infections.(AFP)

Delta variant now dominant in US, makes up over half of Covid-19 cases: CDC

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2021 08:18 PM IST
  • The Delta variant, which was first detected in India, now accounts for more than 80% of new infections in several US states, including Missouri, Kansas and Iowa.
The Delta variant has already been reported from nearly 100 countries and the WHO has warned that the world is in a “very dangerous period.”(AFP)
The Delta variant has already been reported from nearly 100 countries and the WHO has warned that the world is in a “very dangerous period.”(AFP)

Expert calls unvaccinated people ‘variant factories’ as Delta evolves

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 09:47 PM IST
  • While all viruses mutate and some mutations even weaken the virus, mutations like the variants of concern, including the Delta variant, could disrupt the pandemic response.
The team of IIT Kanpur scientists projected that if there is a presence of an immunity escape mutant, all the three scenarios will be nullified.(PTI)
The team of IIT Kanpur scientists projected that if there is a presence of an immunity escape mutant, all the three scenarios will be nullified.(PTI)

Covid 3rd wave might be a ‘ripple’: IIT scientists project 3 scenarios

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2021 08:13 PM IST
  • One of the scenarios assume that without the presence of any further mutant of Covid-19, people’s lives can go back to normal by August
Till Monday, according to reports of 1,113 samples received from the National Centre for Disease Control in Delhi, no case of Delta Plus variant had been detected in Himachal Pradesh.(PTI)
Till Monday, according to reports of 1,113 samples received from the National Centre for Disease Control in Delhi, no case of Delta Plus variant had been detected in Himachal Pradesh.(PTI)

Covid-19: First case of Delta Plus variant detected in Himachal Pradesh

PTI | , Shimla
PUBLISHED ON JUL 02, 2021 12:52 AM IST
A 19-year-old woman from Gopalpur in Palampur sub-division of Kangra had tested positive for Covid-19 on May 25. Her sample has come back positive for the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19
Negative RT-PCR certificate is not mandatory for people in possession of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate (those fully vaccinated with two doses).(PTI)
Negative RT-PCR certificate is not mandatory for people in possession of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate (those fully vaccinated with two doses).(PTI)

Karnataka makes negative RT-PCR report mandatory for travellers from Kerala

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2021 10:52 PM IST
A negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test, not older than 72 hours, is mandatory for travellers from Kerala to enter Karnataka.
India is marking 'GST Day' on Thursday, i.e. July 1 to mark the completion of four years since the rollout of the historic tax reform.
India is marking 'GST Day' on Thursday, i.e. July 1 to mark the completion of four years since the rollout of the historic tax reform.

News updates from HT: Sitharaman dubs enhanced tax collection 'new normal'

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2021 12:51 PM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion at this hour. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Dr Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).(PTI photo)
Dr Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).(PTI photo)

'Not much data to suggest Delta Plus can cause more deaths': AIIMS director

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2021 12:21 PM IST
  • Talking about mixing of Covid-19 vaccine doses, Dr Randeep Guleria said that more data is needed before it can be said that the policy should be tried
The ICMR earlier said that diabetes and high BP do not increase the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2. (PTI)
The ICMR earlier said that diabetes and high BP do not increase the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2. (PTI)

Delta Plus: What should diabetic, high BP people do? All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2021 04:15 PM IST
People with uncontrolled diabetes are at an increased risk of all infections in general, experts have said earlier.
Haryana health minister Anil Vij(HT photo)
Haryana health minister Anil Vij(HT photo)

Haryana to set up lab for genome sequencing at PGI Rohtak

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2021 04:24 PM IST
  • Haryana government’s order comes soon after the identification of the first case of Delta plus variant of Covid-19 in Chandigarh
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 3,222 new Covid-19 cases and 93 related deaths.(HT Photo)
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 3,222 new Covid-19 cases and 93 related deaths.(HT Photo)

Amid Delta plus scare, Karnataka tightens curbs for travellers from Maharashtra

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2021 09:20 AM IST
  • Railway authorities shall be responsible for ensuring that all passengers travelling by trains carry negative RT-PCR certificates not older than 72 hours or vaccination certificate of at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
A health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test of passengers arriving from outstation trains, at Dadar station in Mumbai on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
A health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test of passengers arriving from outstation trains, at Dadar station in Mumbai on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Can a Covid recovered patient get reinfected with Delta Plus? Expert answers

By hindustantimes.com | Reported by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2021 08:12 AM IST
The delta plus variant of the coronavirus has been spreading fast across India. The strain is a mutated form of the delta variant which wreaked havoc across the world. Dr Tanu Singhal of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital answers some crucial questions about the variants and Covid-19.
A total of 51 cases of Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 have been reported in India so far.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
A total of 51 cases of Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 have been reported in India so far.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

How many mutations can Delta variant have? Here’s what government says

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 06:52 PM IST
  • The B.1.617 strain of coronavirus, also known as the Delta variant and first reported in India in October 2020, has three subtypes, one of which is B.1.617.2 or Delta plus variant feared as the 'variant of concern'
Two cases (Ludhiana and Patiala) have shown Delta plus variant, while in May and June, the Delta variant was most prevalent, he pointed out.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)
Two cases (Ludhiana and Patiala) have shown Delta plus variant, while in May and June, the Delta variant was most prevalent, he pointed out.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)

Delta plus 'matter of concern', Covid-19 curbs extended till July 10: Punjab CM

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 05:33 PM IST
Expressing satisfaction over the decline in positivity to less than 1%, with an overall fall in inactive cases, Singh noted that the positivity rate in some districts still remained over 1%.
A resident gets inoculated against Covid-19 with a dose of the Covishield, in Mumbai on Tuesday.(AFP Photo)
A resident gets inoculated against Covid-19 with a dose of the Covishield, in Mumbai on Tuesday.(AFP Photo)

Delta Plus cases above 50 now, says govt; Punjab extends Covid-19 curbs

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 05:19 PM IST
The Delta Plus variant has been designated as ‘variant of concern’ by the government. The cases have been rising steadily, with the highest number recorded from Maharashtra.
The study highlighted that the possible third wave of the virus can be checked if 20 per cent of Mumbaikars, who are yet to contract Covid-19, are vaccinated soon.(Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
The study highlighted that the possible third wave of the virus can be checked if 20 per cent of Mumbaikars, who are yet to contract Covid-19, are vaccinated soon.(Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Third Covid wave in Mumbai likely to be less deadly than second: Study

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 04:13 PM IST
  • The group of scientists at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) said that authorities have to be aware of reinfections as those who contracted the virus during the first wave may be vulnerable
The Delta Plus variant is spreading rapidly in India and has been declared a variant of concern by the government.(HT Photo)
The Delta Plus variant is spreading rapidly in India and has been declared a variant of concern by the government.(HT Photo)

Not just Delta Plus, 3 other variants of coronavirus pose threat

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 11:26 AM IST
The coronavirus, since its outbreak last year, has undergone several mutations. And some of them are extremely harmful. Here is a list of those variants which has caused Covid-19 to spread more rapidly.
Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus was identified on June 11 and was recently classified as a "variant of concern" by the Centre. (ANI File Photo)
Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus was identified on June 11 and was recently classified as a "variant of concern" by the Centre. (ANI File Photo)

Does Delta Plus variant adversely affect vaccine efficacy? Here's what govt says

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2021 09:58 AM IST
Delta Plus variant has been reported from 11 states and a Union territory in the country, the government has said.
As many as 2,576 new Covid-19 cases and 93 more fatalities were reported in Karnataka on Monday.(PTI)
As many as 2,576 new Covid-19 cases and 93 more fatalities were reported in Karnataka on Monday.(PTI)

2 cases of Covid-19 Delta Plus variant in Karnataka: Health minister

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2021 08:34 PM IST
"Till date we have two cases of Delta Plus variant, both were asymptomatic and none of their contacts were positive except for one primary contact of the Bengaluru infected person," health minister K Sudhakar said.
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