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Arrivals from South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe will have to get another RT-PCR test done upon landing at Indian airports. This is along with the one they need to do before boarding the flight.(HT Photo)

Covid strains: Govt makes RT-PCR mandatory on arrival from these 7 more nations

Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2021 11:38 PM IST
  • According to previous guidelines, passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, Europe and West Asia were required to get their RT-PCR tests done again upon landing at Indian airports.
Himachal Pradesh: An increase in the number of tourists seen at the Ridge in Shimla on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. (Deepak Sansta / HT PHOTO)
Himachal Pradesh: An increase in the number of tourists seen at the Ridge in Shimla on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. (Deepak Sansta / HT PHOTO)

Negative Covid report or full vaccination must for visiting Himachal from today

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2021 05:39 AM IST
Himachal Pradesh: The negative RT-PCR test report that tourists are supposed to carry with them must not be older than 72 hours. In the case of a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) report, it must not be older than 24 hours
The security personnel also have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine before resuming duties in Jharkhand.
The security personnel also have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine before resuming duties in Jharkhand.

Covid RT-PCR test mandatory for security personnel in Jharkhand to resume duties

ANI | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2021 07:44 PM IST
  • Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta said that precautionary measures with regards to people travelling via train from Maharashtra and Kerala are also being taken.
The team is led by Jennifer Doudna who shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the invention of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing. David Savage and Patrick Hsu are also part of the team.(iStock)
The team is led by Jennifer Doudna who shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the invention of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing. David Savage and Patrick Hsu are also part of the team.(iStock)

Researchers working to develop test that could detect Covid faster than RT-PCR

Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2021 06:13 PM IST
  • The new technique, however, is not able to rival the sensitivity of RT-PCR but is at a stage where it can detect just a few copies of the virus per microliter of liquid. Currently, it is able to detect 30 copies per microliter -- sufficient to be used to survey people and limit spread of infections.
The cost of home collection of RT-PCR test samples was also slashed from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,200 to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>700. (PTI)
The cost of home collection of RT-PCR test samples was also slashed from 1,200 to 700. (PTI)

Delhi govt lowers rate of Covid-19 RT-PCR tests to 500 at private centres

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2021 03:12 AM IST
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, while announcing the move on Twitter, said the new rates will help common people, and boost Covid-19 testing in the national capital.
Image used only for representative purpose
Image used only for representative purpose

News updates from HT: Chhattisgarh makes negative RT-PCR report must for flyers

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2021 09:02 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Chhattisgarh reported 236 cases of Covid-19 infection and three fatalities in the previous 24 hours. (Representational photo)
Chhattisgarh reported 236 cases of Covid-19 infection and three fatalities in the previous 24 hours. (Representational photo)

Chhattisgarh makes negative RT-PCR test report must for flyers from August 8

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2021 08:27 PM IST
Flyers who have taken both the shots of Covid-19 vaccine are also required to furnish report of Covid-19 test done within 96 hours and showing them as negative.
Karnataka eases RT-PCR report rule for vaccinated travellers coming from Kerala(Unsplash)
Karnataka eases RT-PCR report rule for vaccinated travellers coming from Kerala(Unsplash)

Karnataka eases RT-PCR report rule for vaccinated travellers coming from Kerala

ANI |
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2021 09:16 AM IST
According to Karnataka's order regarding special surveillance measures for travellers arriving from Kerala, those with vaccination certificate of having received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be exempted from producing a negative RT-PCR certificate.
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.
Covid-19: Vaccinated travellers will be able to enter Egypt without PCR test(Photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash)
Covid-19: Vaccinated travellers will be able to enter Egypt without PCR test(Photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash)

Covid-19: Vaccinated travellers will be able to enter Egypt without PCR test

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2021 04:11 PM IST
Travellers entering Egypt must present QR-coded certificates claiming that they have received their full doses of one of the six Covid-19 vaccines approved by Egypt and the WHO at least two weeks before their arrival.
Covid-19 testing labs started providing QR codes on RT-PCR test reports after cases of people editing the reports to show a negative result to meet the regulatory requirements were reported.(ANI)
Covid-19 testing labs started providing QR codes on RT-PCR test reports after cases of people editing the reports to show a negative result to meet the regulatory requirements were reported.(ANI)

QR code on RT-PCR reports must for passengers flying out of India from today

Written by Prashasti Singh | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2021 09:30 AM IST
The rule is applicable to all those passengers who are required to carry a negative RT-PCR test report as per the guidelines issued by their respective destination countries.
A healthcare worker conducts rapid antigen Covid-19 test after taking swab samples during a door-to-door campaign in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam, on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
A healthcare worker conducts rapid antigen Covid-19 test after taking swab samples during a door-to-door campaign in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam, on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

As Centre aims to ramp up Covid-19 testing, focus on rapid antigen tests

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2021 08:02 AM IST
More than 20.55 lakh Covid-19 tests were carried out in the country on Thursday, the highest ever conducted in a single day in India. At a press conference, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said the government is planning to push up the number of daily tests to 45 lakh.
The use of RT-PCR tests is recommended because RATs tend to have a high proportion of false negatives(AFP Photo)
The use of RT-PCR tests is recommended because RATs tend to have a high proportion of false negatives(AFP Photo)

ICMR’s guidelines push antigen tests amid surge

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 01:02 AM IST
So far, ICMR has approved 36 RAT kits. It has also advised setting up of dedicated 24x7 RAT booths at multiple locations in cities towns and villages.
Greece lifts 7-day quarantine requirement for US, EU, Israel to reopen tourism(Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash)
Greece lifts 7-day quarantine requirement for US, EU, Israel to reopen tourism(Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash)

Greece lifts 7 days Covid-19 quarantine for US, EU, Israel to reopen tourism

AP |
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2021 07:42 PM IST
  • Air travellers from USA, EU and Israel will no longer be subject to a seven-day quarantine requirement in Greece if they hold a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or negative PCR test issued within the previous 72 hours, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority said.
Patients with breathing problems are seen inside an ambulance waiting to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave(REUTERS)
Patients with breathing problems are seen inside an ambulance waiting to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave(REUTERS)

Covid symptoms, CT scans/X-rays should be used to rule out false negatives

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 02:12 PM IST
  • Clinical symptoms and CT scan reports should be the guiding factor for treatment rather than relying only on the RT-PCR test which has a sensitivity of around 80 per cent.
Maharashtra reported 39,544 new Covid-19 cases, 23,600 discharges, and 227 deaths in the last 24 hours. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)
Maharashtra reported 39,544 new Covid-19 cases, 23,600 discharges, and 227 deaths in the last 24 hours. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)

Maharashtra govt caps price of RT-PCR test

ANI | , Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 07:43 AM IST
  • The price of RT-PCR has been capped for the sixth time.
FILE PHOTO: People arrive to visit the Red Fort on a smoggy morning in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: People arrive to visit the Red Fort on a smoggy morning in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo(REUTERS)

News updates from HT: Dust-laden winds blow over Delhi deteriorating air quality

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 04:50 PM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
A passenger, wearing a mask in the wake of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, speaks to a railway official at an enquiry counter, at Bengaluru City Railway Station, Monday, March 16, 2020. (PTI)
A passenger, wearing a mask in the wake of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, speaks to a railway official at an enquiry counter, at Bengaluru City Railway Station, Monday, March 16, 2020. (PTI)

RT-PCR negative report now must to enter Bengaluru

By Arun Dev , Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 03:23 AM IST
On Thursday, Bengaluru registered 1,623 fresh cases out of the total of 2,523 from across the state.
Centre has directed the state to intensify testing at airports, Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said. (Reuters)
Centre has directed the state to intensify testing at airports, Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said. (Reuters)

Kerala to provide free RT-PCR Covid-19 test for all returning expatriates

PTI | , Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 07:34 PM IST
The toll due to the disease rose to 4,164 with 14 more deaths, while three people who came from the UK were among the fresh cases and active cases stood at a little over 51,000.
It was identified that between 3 am to 5 am, there will be roughly 1,200 passengers an hour who will undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing.(Reuters photo)
It was identified that between 3 am to 5 am, there will be roughly 1,200 passengers an hour who will undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing.(Reuters photo)

Testing increased at IGI Airport to help detect new Covid-19 variant

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 01:06 PM IST
  • The testing process has suddenly increased about 10-fold; earlier about 500-700 international passengers were being tested per day, the lab is now staring at 7,000 plus numbers.
The active cases tally on Thursday dropped to 4,168 from 4,481 the previous day.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The active cases tally on Thursday dropped to 4,168 from 4,481 the previous day.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

486 fresh cases in capital, test positivity rate drops to 0.63%

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:39 AM IST
The new cases on Thursday resulted from the 77,522 tests conducted the previous day, including 43,347 RT-PCR tests and 34,175 rapid antigen tests, according to the bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.
A health worker collects a swab sample for coronavirus testing at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
A health worker collects a swab sample for coronavirus testing at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Delhi records slight rise in number of Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:20 PM IST
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday had tweeted that the positivity rate had been below one per cent for the past 11 days, and fresh cases were the lowest since May 17.
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

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
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.
Incoming travellers being screened for coronavirus infection at Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Incoming travellers being screened for coronavirus infection at Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

677 fresh coronavirus cases in Delhi, positivity rate 0.8%

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:27 PM IST
From December 21 to 23, the daily cases count has been below the 1,000-mark. On December 21, 803 cases were reported; 939 on December 22 and 871 on December 23.
File photo: Citizens who were quarantined at a hospital for a mandatory period of 14 days following their arrival from abroad prepare to leave after they were tested negative against for Covid-19 in Bengaluru.(PTI)
File photo: Citizens who were quarantined at a hospital for a mandatory period of 14 days following their arrival from abroad prepare to leave after they were tested negative against for Covid-19 in Bengaluru.(PTI)

Karnataka government amps up effort to trace 570 ‘missing’ UK returnees

Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Venkatesha Babu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 06:54 PM IST
Of the 1,614 passengers who came to Bengaluru, 26 had tested positive for Covid-19 and of them, three have tested positive for the new UK strain of the virus.
The seven-day average cases too fell to 801, the lowest in 213 days, since an average of 724 cases in the seven days ending May 29.(REUTERS)
The seven-day average cases too fell to 801, the lowest in 213 days, since an average of 724 cases in the seven days ending May 29.(REUTERS)

Fewest new Covid-19 cases in Delhi since May 26

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 02:12 AM IST
To be sure, fewer tests were conducted on Sunday as compared to the weekly average. Even then, the positivity rate — which experts regard as a vital metric to understand the spread of an infection — remained below 1% for the fourth time in seven days.
File photo: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)
File photo: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)

‘RT-PCR test for those who came from abroad after Dec 9’: Yogi Adityanath

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:23 PM IST
The chief minister asked officials to keep all systems effective for Covid-19 treatment and a strict vigil in view of the new strain of novel coronavirus disease.
File photo: Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.(REUTERS)
File photo: Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.(REUTERS)

Over 1,500 landed in Mumbai from UK, other countries since Tuesday; none found infected yet

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 07:08 PM IST
Of 1,688 passengers who arrived in Mumbai recently, 745 have been quarantined in private hotels across the city.
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