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Vaccinate teens in mission mode, PM Modi tells officials; meeting with CMs soon

A meeting with chief ministers will be convened to discuss state-specific scenarios, best practices and the public health response, PM Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the country, through a video conference on Sunday. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the country, through a video conference on Sunday. 
Published on Jan 09, 2022 08:07 PM IST
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Mumbai daily infections remain above 20,000; no major change from yesterday

82% of the fresh cases are asymptomatic in Mumbai and despite the rise, there is no proposal for further lockdown, authorities have clarified. 
Vaccination going on at a centre in Navi Mumbai on Saturday. (PTI)
Vaccination going on at a centre in Navi Mumbai on Saturday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 07:19 PM IST
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India's R-naught value recorded at 4 this week: What it means for 3rd wave

R-value 4 means one infected person can transmit the virus to four others. This is the highest R-value India ever recorded,  an IIT Madras study said. 
Delhi Police personnel stopping vehicles at a road checkpoint as Delhi is under a weekend curfew. (ANI)
Delhi Police personnel stopping vehicles at a road checkpoint as Delhi is under a weekend curfew. (ANI)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 02:49 PM IST
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Delhi curfew: Man asks police if playing cricket is allowed. Here's the answer

Cab services will run as usual but with up to two passengers. People travelling to attend a wedding will have to carry the wedding invitation, Delhi Police said on Friday answering to people's questions on social media.
The 55-hour curfew in Delhi begins from 10pm on Friday.
The 55-hour curfew in Delhi begins from 10pm on Friday.
Published on Jan 07, 2022 10:04 PM IST
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Mumbai reports 20,971 fresh Covid infections; mayor clarifies on further curbs

About 84% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours are asymptomatic, BMC data showed. Maharashtra on Friday reported 40,925 fresh infections, the highest since May 13, 2021.
Covid testing going on at a platform of a Mumbai railway station on Friday. (AFP)
Covid testing going on at a platform of a Mumbai railway station on Friday. (AFP)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 07:36 PM IST
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Tamil Nadu imposes complete lockdown on Sundays, night curfew from tomorrow

  • With Omicron cases rising, Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin chaired a meeting with senior health officials of the state to take stock of the situation.
A man walks past a Covid-19 awareness mural in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (AFP)
A man walks past a Covid-19 awareness mural in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (AFP)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 04:06 PM IST
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Covid-19: Ajit Pawar holds review meeting, no lockdown in Maharashtra for now

  • A meeting on the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the state was called by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday and no decision regarding the imposition of lockdown at the moment was taken.
Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar chaired a meeting with health minister Rajesh Tope and senior government officers in Mumbai.(ANI)
Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar chaired a meeting with health minister Rajesh Tope and senior government officers in Mumbai.(ANI)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 12:24 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Mumbai

Bengaluru in red zone; new curbs will be announced before Jan 7, says minister

The ongoing night curfew in Karnataka will come to an end on January 7 but before that the government will announce fresh restrictions, minister said. 
Bengaluru saw muted new year celebrations this year amid strict restrictions. 
Bengaluru saw muted new year celebrations this year amid strict restrictions. 
Published on Jan 02, 2022 05:10 PM IST
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Dubai continues to see tourists flocking despite global Covid-19 concerns

Dubai, the Middle East's business and tourism hub, cannot afford another lockdown. Its economy, whose foundations have creaked under coronavirus restrictions, relies heavily on the travel industry.
People gather during the official Expo 2020 Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates  (REUTERS/Satish Kumar)
People gather during the official Expo 2020 Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates  (REUTERS/Satish Kumar)
Updated on Dec 22, 2021 08:01 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Omicron spread: These European countries have tightened Covid restrictions

With the world witnessing a rising tide of covid-19 variant, Omicron, several European countries have geared up for a December lockdown. 
Experts have predicted there may be more than 3,000 hospitalisations in the United Kingdom each day if a lockdown isn’t implemented by January 1.(REUTERS)
Experts have predicted there may be more than 3,000 hospitalisations in the United Kingdom each day if a lockdown isn’t implemented by January 1.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 04:30 PM IST
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Written by Vanshika lohia | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi-Kathmandu DTC updates Covid travel rules, service resumes after 20 months

It is mandatory for all Delhi-Kathmandu passengers to carry certificates of both doses of Covid vaccine and a negative RT-PCR test report within 72 hours of the start of the journey and if they fail to produce the documents, they will not be allowed to board the bus
Delhi-Kathmandu DTC updates Covid-19 travel rules, bus service resumes after 20 months(Twitter/AlokReporter)
Delhi-Kathmandu DTC updates Covid-19 travel rules, bus service resumes after 20 months(Twitter/AlokReporter)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 07:48 PM IST
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PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Covid-19 travel update: Austria ends lockdown restrictions for vaccinated people

The coronavirus rules, which vary by region within Austria, largely allow for the reopening of theaters, museums and other cultural and entertainment venues on Sunday. Shops will follow on Monday.
Covid-19 travel update: Austria ends lockdown restrictions for vaccinated people (File Photo)
Covid-19 travel update: Austria ends lockdown restrictions for vaccinated people (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2021 06:33 PM IST
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AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Vienna

Covid-19 travel: Auckland reopens as New Zealand tries new coronavirus approach

New Zealand has begun a new phase in its coronavirus response in which there won't be lockdowns but people will be required to be fully vaccinated — and prove it with vaccine passes — in order to access many services.
Customers eat outside in cafes in central Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Alex Burton/NZ Herald via AP)
Customers eat outside in cafes in central Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Alex Burton/NZ Herald via AP)
Updated on Dec 03, 2021 08:52 PM IST
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PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Wellington

Manushi Chhillar slays airport look in striped pantsuit to stay snug and stylish

Manushi Chhillar nails the art of layering in black and white striped pantsuit with spaghetti top and sneakers and we can't wait to recreate this chic and cool distraction as the perfect airport look
Manushi Chhillar slays airport look in striped pantsuit to stay snug and stylish(Instagram/manushi_chhillar)
Manushi Chhillar slays airport look in striped pantsuit to stay snug and stylish(Instagram/manushi_chhillar)
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 11:37 AM IST
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Australia prepares to open its border on Monday after 19 months, advises caution

Initially only Australian permanent residents and citizens will be free to travel. Fully vaccinated foreigners travelling on skilled worker and student visas will be given priority over international tourists who might be back before the year ends.
Australia advised international travellers on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, to
Australia advised international travellers on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, to "exercise a high degree of caution" overseas as it prepares to open its borders for the first time in 19 months. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 12:42 PM IST
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AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Canberra, Australia

Melbourne ends one of the world’s longest lockdowns

Movement restrictions have been lifted in Melbourne while venues from salons to restaurants are reopening for fully-vaccinated people. Art galleries, gyms and other venues are expected to begin opening their doors early next month
People dine outdoors in Degraves Street in Melbourne, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Melbourne, Australia’s most populous city after Sydney, came out of 77 days of lockdown on Friday after Victoria state reached a benchmark of 70% of the target population fully vaccinated.(Daniel Pockett/AAP Image via AP)
People dine outdoors in Degraves Street in Melbourne, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Melbourne, Australia’s most populous city after Sydney, came out of 77 days of lockdown on Friday after Victoria state reached a benchmark of 70% of the target population fully vaccinated.(Daniel Pockett/AAP Image via AP)
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 10:10 AM IST
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Bali surf school's hope rises as island reopens to travellers from 18 countries

Bali, the once thriving holiday spot of Indonesia, has been eerily quiet for months, with hotels, restaurants and beaches shuttered and thousands of hospitality jobs gone owing to Covid-19 lockdown
A surfing business owner, 38-year-old, Halfia Lando poses holding a surfboard at a Kuta beach as Indonesia opens up the tourist island of Bali to some countries including China, New Zealand, and Japan from October 14. Visitors are still required to quarantine for eight days at their own expense, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia(REUTERS/Sultan Anshori )
A surfing business owner, 38-year-old, Halfia Lando poses holding a surfboard at a Kuta beach as Indonesia opens up the tourist island of Bali to some countries including China, New Zealand, and Japan from October 14. Visitors are still required to quarantine for eight days at their own expense, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia(REUTERS/Sultan Anshori )
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 02:49 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Bali, Indonesia

Cancun airport in Mexico passes pre-pandemic tourism mark

  • Never enforcing a strict European-style lockdown to avoid affecting the country’s tourism income, Mexico's biggest coastal resort, Cancun, surpassed pre-pandemic levels of passengers.
Tourists walk over sand strewn with sargassum at Ballenas Beach in Cancun, Mexico(REUTERS/Paola Chiomante)
Tourists walk over sand strewn with sargassum at Ballenas Beach in Cancun, Mexico(REUTERS/Paola Chiomante)
Updated on Oct 07, 2021 09:43 AM IST
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AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Mexico City

South Africa reduces Covid-19 lockdown to Level One, urges UK to lift travel ban

South Africa reduces Covid-19 lockdown to Level One, intensifies the country’s national vaccination campaign, introduces a vaccination certificate, and interacts with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lift the ban on travel, tourism and trade.
South Africa reduces Covid-19 lockdown to Level One, urges UK to lift travel ban(Instagram/@areyhans)
South Africa reduces Covid-19 lockdown to Level One, urges UK to lift travel ban(Instagram/@areyhans)
Updated on Oct 01, 2021 07:55 AM IST
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PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Johannesburg

India may start issuing tourist visas only to vaccinated travellers  

In October 2020, the home ministry permitted all OCI and PIO cardholders to visit India for any purpose except on a tourist visa.
Centre stopped issuing tourist visas in March 2020 when the nationwide lockdown was imposed. 
Centre stopped issuing tourist visas in March 2020 when the nationwide lockdown was imposed. 
Published on Sep 15, 2021 09:45 PM IST
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Covid-19: Southeast Asia plan easing of travel curbs to tackle crippling economy

While Europe and the US have already moved down the reopening path, countries in Southeast Asia have a low vaccination rate and are among the world’s most vulnerable to the delta variant but with state finances stretched, lockdowns are becoming less tenable by the day.
Southeast Asia plans to ease travel curbs to tackle crippling economy(Lim Huey Teng / REUTERS)
Southeast Asia plans to ease travel curbs to tackle crippling economy(Lim Huey Teng / REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 14, 2021 12:31 PM IST
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Australia plans reopening, Covid-19 death toll hits 1,000 despite lockdown

The highly infectious Delta variant has breached Australia's fortress-style controls and entrenched itself deep enough in Sydney and Melbourne, which has pushed authorities to ramp up the lagging Covid-19 vaccination effort and live with the coronavirus
A weary Australia plans reopening as Covid-19 death toll hits 1,000(REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo)
A weary Australia plans reopening as Covid-19 death toll hits 1,000(REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 10:41 AM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Sydney

Sri Lanka extends Covid-19 lockdown till September 6 amid spike in death rate

Sri Lanka, which has witnessed a series of lockdowns and curfews to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country, has extended travel curbs till September 6 as deaths rise. The tourism sector, which generates a huge quantum of revenue for the island nation, has seen a drastic fall.
Workers carry a Covid-19 victim's body in a cardboard coffin for cremation at a cemetery, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka(REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Workers carry a Covid-19 victim's body in a cardboard coffin for cremation at a cemetery, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka(REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Updated on Aug 27, 2021 04:21 PM IST
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PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Colombo

Delhi schools to reopen from September 1; senior classes first

The reopening of the schools will take place in a phased manner starting with senior classes first and then middle and junior classes.
Physical classes were resumed in Delhi schools in February just before the second wave of the pandemic hit.(PTI)
Physical classes were resumed in Delhi schools in February just before the second wave of the pandemic hit.(PTI)
Published on Aug 27, 2021 03:20 PM IST
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Mumbai resumes local train services for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19

  • Local train services had been halted in Mumbai since March 2020, making it the longest shutdown for a railway system that has survived floods, bomb blasts and power outages with only a day or two of suspensions before the coronavirus struck.
Mumbai resumes local train services for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Mumbai resumes local train services for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 15, 2021 02:15 PM IST
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Delhi-Mumbai flight ticket to cost over 5,000 as Centre revises airfare

Flights under 40 minutes will now cost a minimum of 2,900 instead of 2,600.
The Centre has increased the domestic flight fare by 9 to 12 per cent. 
The Centre has increased the domestic flight fare by 9 to 12 per cent. 
Published on Aug 13, 2021 04:20 PM IST
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As UK relaxes curbs, 19 per cent increase in admission of Indian students

Air India has recently announced non-stop flights to London from six Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Amritsar and Kochi between August 16 and September 1.
Air India has recently announced additional flights to London as UK has relaxed restrictions on Indian flights. (Representative photo)(PTI photo)
Air India has recently announced additional flights to London as UK has relaxed restrictions on Indian flights. (Representative photo)(PTI photo)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 10:02 PM IST
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No, Kerala does not have any new variant of Covid, clarifies health ministry

While it is true that coronavirus infection is spreading fast in Kerala and cases of reinfections have been reported from the state, the surge is not linked to any new variant.
Health ministry said no new variant of Covid has been found in Kerala.
Health ministry said no new variant of Covid has been found in Kerala.
Published on Aug 11, 2021 08:09 PM IST
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India-UAE flights: Why passengers have to reach airport 5-6 hours before time

The UAE authorities have made rapid PCR test mandatory for passengers conducted not more than four hours before the flight. These paid tests have to be done at source airports, the UAE authorities have said.
Air India Express has asked its passengers to reach the airport at least 5-6 hours before departure.(PTI/ Representative Image)
Air India Express has asked its passengers to reach the airport at least 5-6 hours before departure.(PTI/ Representative Image)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 04:36 PM IST
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RT-PCR test for visiting shops is justified, says Kerala health minister

As Congress says that the move will force elderly people to run errands as they are vaccinated, health minister Veena George said the restriction is not forever.
The requirement for negative RT-PCR test to visit shops will not be there forever, says Kerala health minister justifying the move.(AP)
The requirement for negative RT-PCR test to visit shops will not be there forever, says Kerala health minister justifying the move.(AP)
Published on Aug 06, 2021 04:37 PM IST
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