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After the contact tracing, it was found that the infected individual came in contact with some UK-returnees. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

Uttarakhand confirms first case of UK Covid-19 variant

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 03:47 PM IST
In India, the number of people infected with the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 has mounted to 109, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said on Thursday.
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Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said these three states should serve as a warning to the rest of the country that there should be no complacency and relaxation of restrictions.(PTI)
Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said these three states should serve as a warning to the rest of the country that there should be no complacency and relaxation of restrictions.(PTI)

On Twitter, health minister Harsh Vardhan dispels myths about Covid-19 vaccines

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:56 PM IST
In a series of tweets, he also answered questions about side effects and catching Covid-19 even after getting vaccinated.
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Ahead of the nationwide vaccination roll-out from January 16, Bhushan highlighted that the Centre was working in close collaboration with all states and Union Territories (UTs) for vaccine roll-out preparedness.
Ahead of the nationwide vaccination roll-out from January 16, Bhushan highlighted that the Centre was working in close collaboration with all states and Union Territories (UTs) for vaccine roll-out preparedness.

Covid situation worrisome across globe, India can't show laxity: Health ministry

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 05:38 PM IST
Addressing a press briefing, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “The Covid-19 situation is worrisome around the world; even though daily new cases are declining in India, we can’t show laxity.”
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PM Modi had earlier chaired a meeting to review the coronavirus pandemic situation in the country along with the preparedness of the states and Union territories for the vaccination drive.(ANI)
PM Modi had earlier chaired a meeting to review the coronavirus pandemic situation in the country along with the preparedness of the states and Union territories for the vaccination drive.(ANI)

'Landmark step': PM Modi after govt announces Covid-19 vaccination drive date

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 07:57 PM IST
On January 3, the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) had granted approval for the Covid-19 vaccines of the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use.
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A health official adjusts a mask on a Covid-19 awareness exhibit during a dry run or a mock drill for the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine delivery at a government hospital, in Chennai on January 8, 2021. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)(AFP)
A health official adjusts a mask on a Covid-19 awareness exhibit during a dry run or a mock drill for the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine delivery at a government hospital, in Chennai on January 8, 2021. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)(AFP)

India ticks more boxes in vaccination drive checklist

By Rhythma Kaul, Anisha Dutta, Steffy Thevar
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 09:30 AM IST
Government officials remained tight-lipped about the schedule for the jabs, but frenetic behind-the-scenes activity, especially at airports, underlined last-minute efforts to put in place foolproof vaccine distribution strategy.
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File photo: Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘India reports 82 positive cases of new Covid-19 strain’: Health ministry

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:40 PM IST
The Central government created a network of 10 advanced labs across the country last month to step up disease surveillance in the wake of mutations detected in the Sars-Cov-2 virus.
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Hospital staff during the preparation of Covid-19 vaccination centre for dry run, on Thursday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Hospital staff during the preparation of Covid-19 vaccination centre for dry run, on Thursday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

18,139 new Covid-19 cases push India’s tally to above 10.4 million

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:30 AM IST
The government is holding a dry run today, to prepare health authorities ahead of the official roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine which is expected in a few days.
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The first nation wide dry run was conducted on January 2.(PTI)
The first nation wide dry run was conducted on January 2.(PTI)

Centre gears up for another dry run on Friday

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 02:40 AM IST
As a simulation of actual execution, another round of dry run will be conducted in all 700 plus districts of all states and Union territories, except UP and Haryana which have planned to conduct theirs on Thursday.
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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)
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

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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Co-WIN has been created by the Centre as a digitised platform for rolling out vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)
Co-WIN has been created by the Centre as a digitised platform for rolling out vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Ahead of launch, Centre issues warning against fake ‘Co-WIN’ apps

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:10 PM IST
“Some apps named ‘CoWIN’ apparently created by unscrupulous elements to sound similar to upcoming official platform of Govt, are on App stores. Don’t download or share personal information on these. Dept official platform will be adequately publicised on its launch,” the Union health ministry said, according to news agency ANI.
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A healthcare worker draws a syringe during a mock drill for Covid-19 vaccination dry run, at Kalam Centre in Lucknow on Tuesday.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)
A healthcare worker draws a syringe during a mock drill for Covid-19 vaccination dry run, at Kalam Centre in Lucknow on Tuesday.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Covid-19: India third country to record more than 1.5 lakh deaths

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 10:09 AM IST
The active caseload remained below three lakh for the 16th consecutive day on Wednesday. According to health ministry update, India’s active caseload stands at 2,27,546.
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Healthcare workers prepare a vaccination room inside a classroom of a school, which was converted into a temporary Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ahmedabad, on January 4.(Reuters Photo)
Healthcare workers prepare a vaccination room inside a classroom of a school, which was converted into a temporary Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ahmedabad, on January 4.(Reuters Photo)

India records 18,088 Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, death toll over 1.5 lakh

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:46 AM IST
NITI Aayog member Dr V K Paul said an optimistic scenario is emerging with the pandemic situation in India consistently improving in terms of active cases and new deaths declining.
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Dispelling doubts over Covaxin, ICMR DG Balram Bhargava said safety, immunogenicity and efficacy reports are required for approval in a non-emergency situation.(Reuters Photo)
Dispelling doubts over Covaxin, ICMR DG Balram Bhargava said safety, immunogenicity and efficacy reports are required for approval in a non-emergency situation.(Reuters Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Will take the vaccine which health ministry specifies for me, says Niti Aayog member and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:10 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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“Though this is an Indian product, it is for the world. If any country wants to use this product, we will take that up proactively,” Bhushan added.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
“Though this is an Indian product, it is for the world. If any country wants to use this product, we will take that up proactively,” Bhushan added.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

ChatBot, SMS in 12 languages: Health ministry releases new Co-win details

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:49 PM IST
Addressing a press conference, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan explained how vaccination drive will take place and said healthcare workers won’t have to register themselves of the application as their data are being pre-populated on the application
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Bhushan at the beginning of the briefing had said that the total active coronavirus cases in India were less than 250,000 and were continuing to decline adding that the positivity stood at 1.97 per cent.(ANI Photo)
Bhushan at the beginning of the briefing had said that the total active coronavirus cases in India were less than 250,000 and were continuing to decline adding that the positivity stood at 1.97 per cent.(ANI Photo)

Prepared to roll out vaccine within 10 days of emergency-use approval: Health ministry

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:32 PM IST
Addressing a news briefing on Tuesday evening, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “We are prepared to roll out vaccine within 10 days of emergency use authorisation approvals. The final call will be taken by the government.”
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A health worker conducts a mock drill for Covid-19 vaccination dry run, at Kalam Centre, KGMU, in Lucknow.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)
A health worker conducts a mock drill for Covid-19 vaccination dry run, at Kalam Centre, KGMU, in Lucknow.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)

Govt recommends citizens to get vaccinated. Check eligibility, required documents here

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:10 PM IST
The government believes that upon receiving a complete schedule of the anti-coronavirus vaccine will allow the body to build a strong immune response against the disease.
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Israel started vaccinations on December 19 using the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.(REUTERS)
Israel started vaccinations on December 19 using the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.(REUTERS)

Israel authorises use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:12 PM IST
The director-general of Israel’s health ministry, Hezi Levy, confirmed the import agreement. Israel has begun to vaccinate its population at one of the quickest rates in the world, and it aims to reach all vulnerable citizens by late January.
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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a man to test for Covid-19 in Ahmedabad, India.(AP)
A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a man to test for Covid-19 in Ahmedabad, India.(AP)

India has 38 cases of ‘highly infectious’ UK Covid-19 strain

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:50 AM IST
The new variant of coronavirus disease – B.1.1.7 – has been dubbed as highly infectious by scientists and medical experts as the UK government has confirmed that the infection rates have increased faster than expected in the affected areas.
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India’s Covid-19 recoveries are inching closer to one crore. The total number of recovered cases has surged to 99,46,867, which translates to a recovery rate of 96.19%.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times (Representative Image))
India’s Covid-19 recoveries are inching closer to one crore. The total number of recovered cases has surged to 99,46,867, which translates to a recovery rate of 96.19%.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times (Representative Image))

Active caseload falling due to decline in daily cases: Health ministry

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 03:08 PM IST
India’s cumulative tests have gone past 17.5 crore (17,56,35,761), with 7,35,978 samples being tested the previous day, it said.
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Health workers conduct a mock drill and dry run of Covid-19 vaccination at a model Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ansari Road, New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Health workers conduct a mock drill and dry run of Covid-19 vaccination at a model Covid-19 vaccination centre in Ansari Road, New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

India’s weekly Covid-19 tally remains below 110,000 for second straight week

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 01:13 PM IST
India recorded 20,021 new cases on Monday within 279 casualties. The number of recovered patients in India also reached 97,82,669 pushing the national recovery rate of 95.83%.
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The Union health minister also urged citizens to not pay attention to rumours as the vaccination drive was underway.(ANI Photo)
The Union health minister also urged citizens to not pay attention to rumours as the vaccination drive was underway.(ANI Photo)

96,000 vaccinators trained till now, says health minister as day 1 of nationwide dry run ends

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:22 AM IST
“The vaccination drive has been based on election process planned down to the booth level. Over 57,000 participants across 719 districts have completed training. 96,000 vaccinators have been trained so far,” Vardhan said, according to news agency ANI.
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Covid-19 testing setup for the passenger coming from United Kingdom, amid mounting concern over the new strain of the virus, at Delhi Airport in New Delhi.(PTI)
Covid-19 testing setup for the passenger coming from United Kingdom, amid mounting concern over the new strain of the virus, at Delhi Airport in New Delhi.(PTI)

Flying to India from UK? Know quarantine rules, what documents to carry

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 10:21 PM IST
All contacts of passengers who test positive will be subjected to institutional quarantine.
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India had suspended all flights to and from the United Kingdom from December 23 to 31 to check the spread of the mutated, more contagious variant of coronavirus found there. Later, the suspension was extended till January 7.(REUTERS)
India had suspended all flights to and from the United Kingdom from December 23 to 31 to check the spread of the mutated, more contagious variant of coronavirus found there. Later, the suspension was extended till January 7.(REUTERS)

All passengers from UK to be tested for Covid-19 on arrival between Jan 8-30: Health ministry

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:50 PM IST
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the pandemic.
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All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with travel history to South Africa within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into the city-state, or transit through it, the health ministry said.(Pixabay)
All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with travel history to South Africa within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into the city-state, or transit through it, the health ministry said.(Pixabay)

Singapore to block entry to visitors from South Africa

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Singapore
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:32 PM IST
Singapore said on Friday it will stop allowing entry to visitors with a recent travel history to South Africa, citing reports of a potentially more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus circulating in the country.
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The daily Covid-19 infections also remained below 30,000 for the 19th consecutive day as the tally rose to 10,286,709 with 20,035 cases in the last 24 hours.(HT Photo)
The daily Covid-19 infections also remained below 30,000 for the 19th consecutive day as the tally rose to 10,286,709 with 20,035 cases in the last 24 hours.(HT Photo)

Rashtrapati Bhavan museum complex to reopen from January 5

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 04:44 PM IST
India has reported less than 300 deaths related to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) every day since the last one week, the government said on Friday, as 256 fatalities were logged from across the country in 24 hours.
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Healthcare workers during Covid-19 screening and swab test at Goregaon in Mumbai.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Healthcare workers during Covid-19 screening and swab test at Goregaon in Mumbai.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

4 more test positive of Covid-19 UK strain in India, tally reaches 29

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 05:17 PM IST
Among these 29 cases, eight have been detected in NCDC, New Delhi, two in IGIB New Delhi, five in NIV Pune, three in CCMB Hyderabad, 10 in NIMHANS Bengaluru and one in NIBMG Kalyani, the ministry said.
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A health worker collects a swab sample from a man for coronavirus screening, at Sector 30 District Hospital, in Noida, India, on Thursday, December 31, 2020. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
A health worker collects a swab sample from a man for coronavirus screening, at Sector 30 District Hospital, in Noida, India, on Thursday, December 31, 2020. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

India registers 20,035 new Covid-19 cases; recoveries inch closer to 9.9 million

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 10:45 AM IST
India’s tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has risen to 10,286,709, the Union health ministry’s dashboard showed on Friday.
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A Sinopharm sign is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)
A Sinopharm sign is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)

Pakistan to buy 1.1 million doses of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Press Trust of India | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:03 PM IST
China on Thursday granted conditional approval to the country’s first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinopharm.
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A medic inside the national capital's first COVID-19 vaccination centre, at Srinivaspuri area in New Delhi.(PTI)
A medic inside the national capital's first COVID-19 vaccination centre, at Srinivaspuri area in New Delhi.(PTI)

Centre releases Covid-19 vaccine rollout strategy; celebrities, RWA WhatsApp groups part of plan

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:54 PM IST
In the document, the Centre has laid down strategies on how to deal with vaccine eagerness and vaccine hesitancy.
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A man is seen in front of an dummy representing the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outside a housing society in Mumbai, India.(REUTERS)
A man is seen in front of an dummy representing the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outside a housing society in Mumbai, India.(REUTERS)

5 new cases of UK Covid-19 strain traced in India, tally rises to 25

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 01:53 PM IST
Out of the five fresh cases, four have been traced by National Institute of Virology in Pune and CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in Delhi. The infected individuals have been kept in physical isolation at state health facilities.
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