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Health workers conduct a dry run of Covid-19 vaccination programme, at Hindu Rao Hospital in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Second Covid-19 vaccine dry run on Jan 8, Vardhan to brief state health ministers on Thursday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:51 PM IST
The health ministry in its press release said that all states and union territories except for Uttar Pradesh and Haryana will be part of this mock vaccination drill.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan during a mock drill and dry run of Covid-19 vaccination at a model Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ansari Road, New Delhi on Saturday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan during a mock drill and dry run of Covid-19 vaccination at a model Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ansari Road, New Delhi on Saturday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Bharat Biotech vaccine more likely to work against newer strains like UK variant: Vardhan

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:08 AM IST
India’s drugs regulator on Sunday approved Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country, paving the way for a massive inoculation drive.
Banners outside a Covid-19 vaccination center set up in Delhi, India, on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.(Bloomberg)
Banners outside a Covid-19 vaccination center set up in Delhi, India, on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.(Bloomberg)

Delhi records 494 Covid-19 cases, lowest in over seven months

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 04:29 PM IST
Marking a steady decline in cases since December 24, Delhi has seen cases between 400 and 800 after the state authorities ramped up efforts to control the infection spread in the last week.
The entire election procedure was in compliance with Covid-19 protocols, masks, sanitising and social distancing norms were made mandatory at all polling stations(PTI)
The entire election procedure was in compliance with Covid-19 protocols, masks, sanitising and social distancing norms were made mandatory at all polling stations(PTI)

Kerala govt warns of surge in coronavirus cases following local body polls

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:46 PM IST
Citing expert opinion that Covid-19 cases may increase after the elections health minister K K Shailaja asked people to get themselves tested in case of any symptoms. She also advised the public to self- quarantine and remain patient until a vaccine for the pandemic is made available.
After the Central government enacted the Act in 2010 and notified it in 2012, 11 states and almost all union territories have adopted the law. States needs to have their own legislation as public health is a state subject.
After the Central government enacted the Act in 2010 and notified it in 2012, 11 states and almost all union territories have adopted the law. States needs to have their own legislation as public health is a state subject.

Act that provides for capping private hospital rates will be adopted soon in Maharashtra, says health minister

By Surendra P Gangan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 12:38 AM IST
Almost a decade after the Central government enacted the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, the Maharashtra government has now said that it is serious on implementing the Act, which is aimed at streamlining healthcare services in the state
A health worker in PPE kit while collecting swab samples to test for Covid-19 infection, at Bengali Market, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
A health worker in PPE kit while collecting swab samples to test for Covid-19 infection, at Bengali Market, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)

Delhi records 1,674 new Covid-19 cases, daily positivity rate dips 3.15%

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 08:02 PM IST
As per the health bulletin, the recovery rate of Delhi has also increased in the last 24 hours to 94.57% from 93.55% on Thursday with total recovered patients at 5,61,732.
An Iranian woman wearing a protective face mask, walks on the street, as government imposed a full lockdown, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)
An Iranian woman wearing a protective face mask, walks on the street, as government imposed a full lockdown, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)

Iran closes businesses, curtails travel amid coronavirus surge

Tehran | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 09:14 PM IST
Top Iranian officials initially downplayed the risks posed by the virus outbreak, before recently urging the public to follow measures like wearing masks and avoiding unessential travel.
Tracking and building each element of the vaccine architecture should be the single-most important governance priority over the next year.(REUTERS)
Tracking and building each element of the vaccine architecture should be the single-most important governance priority over the next year.(REUTERS)

Build a vaccine architecture

UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 06:32 AM IST
The procurement, distribution, affordability of vaccines must be the top priority
Kejriwal described the lack of ICU beds as the “biggest challenge”.(Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Kejriwal described the lack of ICU beds as the “biggest challenge”.(Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

Delhi in battle mode to rein in Covid-19 wave

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan, Saubhadra Chatterji and Abhishek Dey
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2020 12:01 AM IST
The meeting was chaired by Union home minister Shah and attendees included chief minister Kejriwal, health ministers of Centre as well as the state, Delhi’s lieutenant governor and top officials from Niti Aayog, ICMR and AIIMS.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan addressing Sunday Samvaad(Twitter/@drharshvardhan (Screengrab))
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan addressing Sunday Samvaad(Twitter/@drharshvardhan (Screengrab))

Govt’s priority is to ensure Covid-19 vaccine for all: Harsh Vardhan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 03:48 PM IST
“Our government is working round the clock to ensure that there is a fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, once they are ready. Our utmost priority is how to ensure vaccine for each and everybody in the country,” he said.
A general view of Rajya Sabha on Saturday.(ANI)
A general view of Rajya Sabha on Saturday.(ANI)

Parliament monsoon session: Rajya Sabha passes bill to protect corona warriors

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2020 03:36 PM IST
The bill provides for up to five years in jail for those attacking doctors and healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 outbreak or during any situation akin to the current pandemic
The leaders of Israel, the United States (US) and the UAE hailed the agreement as a “historic diplomatic breakthrough that will advance peace in the Middle East”, “chart a new path”, and “unlock the great potential in the region”.(AFP)
The leaders of Israel, the United States (US) and the UAE hailed the agreement as a “historic diplomatic breakthrough that will advance peace in the Middle East”, “chart a new path”, and “unlock the great potential in the region”.(AFP)

What the Israel-UAE-Bahrain accord means for India and the world

By Ron Malka
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 09:56 PM IST
The challenges we are facing today know no borders, and it is essential that we combine our capabilities for the benefit of all of our citizens. We call on all those following this historic moment to voice their support for the agreement
RT-PCR tests are done at 35 labs in Rajasthan, including those at government facilities where the test is done free of cost.(HT photo)
RT-PCR tests are done at 35 labs in Rajasthan, including those at government facilities where the test is done free of cost.(HT photo)

Covid-19: Rajasthan slashes rate of RT-PCR test at private labs

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 04:43 PM IST
The state government decided to slash the rate of test from Rs 2,200 to Rs 1,200 after consulting senior doctors and other experts, said the health minister
A health worker in PPE coveralls collects a swab sample from a woman for coronavirus testing, at a testing centre, in Janakpuri, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A health worker in PPE coveralls collects a swab sample from a woman for coronavirus testing, at a testing centre, in Janakpuri, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

To reach 40k Covid-19 tests target, Delhi govt clinics to stay open longer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 04:47 AM IST
After becoming the first major region to register a sustained fall in cases, the national capital has seen an uptick this month.
Britain is unlikely to follow France in ordering people to wear face coverings at work(via REUTERS)
Britain is unlikely to follow France in ordering people to wear face coverings at work(via REUTERS)

UK data shows most Covid-19 transmissions happen in homes, says health minister

London | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2020 12:31 PM IST
“The reason is that the evidence from NHS Test and Trace for where people catch the disease is that, very largely, they catch it from one household meeting another household, usually in one of their homes,”health secretary Matt Hancock said.
Jagarnath Mahto(HT Photo)
Jagarnath Mahto(HT Photo)

Jharkhand HRD minister applies for admission to Class 11

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 01:04 PM IST
The 53-year-old minister is resuming his education after almost 25 years.
Coronavirus cases started increasing in March first week but by April the state was on the verge of flattening the curve.(REUTERS)
Coronavirus cases started increasing in March first week but by April the state was on the verge of flattening the curve.(REUTERS)

Kerala reports 1,129 fresh cases; tally at 24,741

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2020 08:44 PM IST
A close look at the state’s tally in last one week shows its aggressive strategy of isolating, contract tracing and treating patients is under deep stress due to increase in caseloads
The Gamaleya Institute has been working on an adenovirus-based vaccine.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Gamaleya Institute has been working on an adenovirus-based vaccine.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Russia preparing mass vaccination against coronavirus for October

Moscow | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2020 02:29 PM IST
Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared to register it, Interfax news agency reported.
Delhi has recorded the highest recovery rate at 89.08%, followed by Haryana (79.82%). Karnataka has the lowest recovery rate at 39.36%.(ANI)
Delhi has recorded the highest recovery rate at 89.08%, followed by Haryana (79.82%). Karnataka has the lowest recovery rate at 39.36%.(ANI)

Only 0.28% of India’s Covid-19 cases on ventilator: Harsh Vardhan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 06:46 PM IST
India’s case recovery rate is also improving steadily, and with over one million recoveries the current national recovery rate is 64.54%, he cited.
Union Minister of Health Dr Harsh Vardhan.(ANI)
Union Minister of Health Dr Harsh Vardhan.(ANI)

‘Two Indian companies in clinical trial phase for Covid-19 vaccine’: Health minister

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 03:51 PM IST
Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan’s remarks came during the launch of the Compendium on ‘CSIR Technologies for Covid-19 Mitigation’ on Thursday.
On July 1, 5,892 beds in Covid-19 hospitals were occupied. On Friday, that figure stood at 3,210.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
On July 1, 5,892 beds in Covid-19 hospitals were occupied. On Friday, that figure stood at 3,210.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Finally, some good news from Delhi, writes Karan Thapar

UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 07:22 PM IST
We still need to be cautious, but the reassuring part is that, as data shows, Delhi may have flattened the curve
A cluster is formed when there is an “unexpected surge in Covid-19 cases” at a particular area or a region.(HT Photo)
A cluster is formed when there is an “unexpected surge in Covid-19 cases” at a particular area or a region.(HT Photo)

Kerala to go in for ‘cluster care’ method to contain Covid-19 spread

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 18, 2020 07:30 PM IST
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had on Friday said that community spread had occurred in Poonthura and Pulluvila in Thiruvananthapuram and its nearby places have seen a rapid increase in the number of contact cases.
People protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government's response to the financial fallout of the coronavirus disease crisis outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem.(REUTERS)
People protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government's response to the financial fallout of the coronavirus disease crisis outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem.(REUTERS)

‘We’re fed up with you’: Netanyahu faces backlash over Covid-19 response

By Bloomberg | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Rarely has public dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu been so high, as a resurgent coronavirus outbreak, mounting unemployment and the corruption allegations against him come together in a flood of discontent.
Britain will outline its plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown this week(AFP)
Britain will outline its plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown this week(AFP)

UK to unveil coronavirus lockdown easing plans this week, says health minister

London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 03:13 PM IST
“We’re about to see another step in the plan,” Hancock told BBC TV. “This week we will announce further details of the measures we can take to relieve some of the national lockdown measures at the start of July, including on July 4.”
Guatemala has reported more than 11,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 449 deaths.(Pratham Gokhale / Hindustan Times)
Guatemala has reported more than 11,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 449 deaths.(Pratham Gokhale / Hindustan Times)

Guatemala replaces health minister mid-pandemic

Guatemala City | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2020 12:05 PM IST
President Alejandro Giammattei pushed out Health Minister Hugo Monroy and named Amelia Flores, a former vice minister of health in an earlier administration, as his replacement.
The minister was then readied to be shifted to Covid-dedicated Max Hospital from Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, where he was admitted earlier this week.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The minister was then readied to be shifted to Covid-dedicated Max Hospital from Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, where he was admitted earlier this week.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Pneumonia patches on Satyendar Jain’s lungs have increased: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 08:38 PM IST
The health condition of the 55-year-old leader worsened earlier Friday, two days after he tested positive for coronavirus.
Haryana health minister Anil Vij(67) is likely to be in the hospital for about a week.(ANI)
Haryana health minister Anil Vij(67) is likely to be in the hospital for about a week.(ANI)

PM Modi dials Haryana home minister Anil Vij, enquires about his well-being

Chandigarh | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 02:01 PM IST
The minister later told PTI that the prime minister spoke to him for over five minutes and wished him a speedy recovery.
Iasmin, 8, of the Sateré Mawé indigenous ethnic group, poses for a portrait wearing the traditional dress of her tribe and a face mask amid the spread of the new coronavirus in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)(AP)
Iasmin, 8, of the Sateré Mawé indigenous ethnic group, poses for a portrait wearing the traditional dress of her tribe and a face mask amid the spread of the new coronavirus in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)(AP)

Brazil’s indigenous struggle for care amid Covid-19 pandemic, turn to traditional methods

Manaus, Brazil | By Associated Press | Posted by Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 10:09 AM IST
They left their tribal lands in the Amazon for the city, many seeking a better life. But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic they have neither the protective isolation of their homelands, nor the government care that drew them to the city of Manaus in the first place.
Many districts and municipalities have already formalised a dedicated core team at the district level comprising of medical and administrative officials to coordinate on a regular basis with the central team.Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times
Many districts and municipalities have already formalised a dedicated core team at the district level comprising of medical and administrative officials to coordinate on a regular basis with the central team.Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times

Central teams deployed in over 50 districts, municipalities with high Covid-19 cases: Health minister

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2020 04:02 PM IST
With 9,987 fresh infections, India saw a record daily rise in Covid-19 cases for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday. The country’s tally stands at 2,66,598. The death toll due to the disease mounted to 7,466 as 266 more people died.
The government also believes that the labs, by testing asymptomatic and low-risk individuals in violation of the testing guidelines, are effectively creating a bottleneck where people who desperately need to be tested have to wait.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
The government also believes that the labs, by testing asymptomatic and low-risk individuals in violation of the testing guidelines, are effectively creating a bottleneck where people who desperately need to be tested have to wait.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Delhi bars labs ‘flouting’ rules, test capacity dips

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt and Ashish Mishra
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 01:27 AM IST
The crisis came to a peak on Thursday when eight labs were banned from carrying out tests after the government pulled them up for not following protocols, and, according to the health minister, taking too long to report results.
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