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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.
Representative Image
Representative Image

Coming to Karnataka from Maharashtra and Kerala? Negative RT-PCR report must

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2021 07:35 PM IST
Karnataka health minister Dr K Sudhakar said that the move was initiated due to a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases due to the Delta and Delta Plus variants.
A healthcare worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a sex worker, at Wadia hospital in Mumbai on Monday.(PTI Photo)
A healthcare worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a sex worker, at Wadia hospital in Mumbai on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Delta Plus variant very localised, 48 cases found till now in India, says govt

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2021 05:42 PM IST
To check the spread of Delta Plus variant, the Maharashtra government has tightened restrictions with effect from Monday, allowing essential shops to remain open only till 4 pm on all days.
Delta Plus was identified on June 11 and recently classified as a variant of concern by the Centre. (Reuters Photo/Representative Image)
Delta Plus was identified on June 11 and recently classified as a variant of concern by the Centre. (Reuters Photo/Representative Image)

Delta Plus variant case in Odisha: Man lists what helped him recover

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2021 09:44 AM IST
Delta Plus variant, experts say, has increased transmissibility and bind easily to lungs.
If affected by the Delta Plus variant, the disease is mild in those who are vaccinated, cases have shown. (PTI)
If affected by the Delta Plus variant, the disease is mild in those who are vaccinated, cases have shown. (PTI)

Localised infection, more affinity for lung tissues: 10 things about Delta Plus

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 10:53 PM IST
The number of Delta Plus cases in India could be higher than what has been reported as many individuals may be asymptomatic.
More than 70% of Covid-19 cases in Portugal’s Lisbon region are from the Delta variant, which is said to be rapidly spreading to other parts of the country.(Reuters)
More than 70% of Covid-19 cases in Portugal’s Lisbon region are from the Delta variant, which is said to be rapidly spreading to other parts of the country.(Reuters)

Delta variant will spread across Europe, says expert amid virus surge

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 06:00 PM IST
  • The UK government faced criticism for not implementing stronger border measures to check the spread of the Delta variant earlier this summer.
Doctors check CT Scan of a COVID-19 patient at Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida. (PTI Photo)
Doctors check CT Scan of a COVID-19 patient at Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida. (PTI Photo)

Delta Plus strain shows greater affinity towards lung tissues

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 03:29 PM IST
  • The Delta Plus variant which was identified on June 11 was recently classified as a variant of concern by the Union health ministry on Tuesday.
Delta Plus variant alone is not likely to be responsible for a possible third wave of Covid-19 in the country, experts have said. (PTI)
Delta Plus variant alone is not likely to be responsible for a possible third wave of Covid-19 in the country, experts have said. (PTI)

'Covid 3rd wave will depend on...': Govt's expert panel chief lists 3 points

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 02:37 PM IST
New variants are linked to fresh waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Delta Plus variant, which has been found in 51 cases in the country so far, alone may not lead to a third wave, Dr NK Arora said.
A medical team conducts door-to-door survey in Rajasthan's Bikaner to detect Covid-19 cases after a Delta Plus variant case was on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
A medical team conducts door-to-door survey in Rajasthan's Bikaner to detect Covid-19 cases after a Delta Plus variant case was on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

Explained: Delta Plus variant symptoms and how to protect yourself

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 12:52 PM IST
The Delta Plus variant is the mutated form of the Delta variant, earlier found in India. The Delta variant has so far been found in 85 countries, according to health experts, and has been the driving force behind a surge in infection in South Africa.
More than 50 cases of Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus have been reported across 11 states. (File Photo)
More than 50 cases of Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus have been reported across 11 states. (File Photo)

Delta Plus cases in Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan: Here's what govts are doing

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 10:45 AM IST
The Centre has advised states to take up immediate containment measures in the districts and clusters where Delta Plus cases are found.
According to experts, vaccination is key to containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo)
According to experts, vaccination is key to containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo)

Can fully vaccinated people get Covid-19 again? Experts weigh in

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 08:14 AM IST
Several studies have shown that vaccines are slightly less effective against the Delta variant of coronavirus but they are still highly effective but only after the second dose.
WHO, earlier this month, included the Delta variant in its list of variants of concern. (PTI Photo)
WHO, earlier this month, included the Delta variant in its list of variants of concern. (PTI Photo)

Delta Plus strain has to be tackled with urgent, additional measures: WHO

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 07:20 AM IST
The Delta plus variant binds more easily to lung cells and is potentially resistant to monoclonal antibody therapy.
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