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News updates from HT: Manipur Cabinet okays livelihood scheme for Covid affected

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2021 12:58 PM IST
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Adityanath also instructed to set up helpdesks close to public places to ensure the compliance of the coronavirus protocol.
Adityanath also instructed to set up helpdesks close to public places to ensure the compliance of the coronavirus protocol.

UP opens gyms, cinema halls and multiplexes from Monday

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2021 05:16 AM IST
  • The CM directed the installation of posters or banners telling about preventive measures at all public places, the spokesman said.
Earlier, Hashimoto defended the organisers' decision to allow spectators into Olympic venues.(Getty Images)
Earlier, Hashimoto defended the organisers' decision to allow spectators into Olympic venues.(Getty Images)

Olympics organisers ban alcohol, defend allowing spectators to curb Covid spread

Reuters | , Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2021 01:52 PM IST
Organisers have pushed ahead with preparations for the Games, postponed from 2020 because of the pandemic, despite strong concerns among the Japanese public that hosting delegations from across the globe could result in further Covid-19 outbreaks.
The WHO recommends that test positivity should remain at 5% or lower for 14 days before countries or regions reopen.(AP)
The WHO recommends that test positivity should remain at 5% or lower for 14 days before countries or regions reopen.(AP)

Is Covid wave 2 over? Positivity rate below 5% for 15 days

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2021 01:08 PM IST
With 42,640 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the lowest in 91 days, and a positivity rate of 3.21 per cent, it would seem the present phase of the Covid-19 crisis is over and it is a good time to lift restrictions.
The CM was addressing a video conference organised on Sunday to increase vaccine participation.(PTI photo)
The CM was addressing a video conference organised on Sunday to increase vaccine participation.(PTI photo)

Unite to make Covid-19 vaccination in Rajasthan successful: Ashok Gehlot

PTI | , Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2021 10:21 AM IST
Ashok said this is the time to rise above all other commitments, including political thinking and party ideologies, to unite and save lives.
Garu, a Naxal-affected block in the Latehar district has administered close to 36,000 jabs. Nearly 50 per cent of the 18 population of this block have received the vaccine jab.
Garu, a Naxal-affected block in the Latehar district has administered close to 36,000 jabs. Nearly 50 per cent of the 18 population of this block have received the vaccine jab.

Jharkhand's villages move towards a 100% vaccination target

ANI | , Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 10:54 AM IST
As per a statement from the Chief Minister's Office, all the people of the Banmara village located at the Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh border have been vaccinated with at least the first dose of the vaccine.
The village located around 35km from Jorhat town in upper Assam hasn’t reported any case of Covid-19 yet.
The village located around 35km from Jorhat town in upper Assam hasn’t reported any case of Covid-19 yet.

Inside a village still untouched by Covid

By Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2021 02:17 AM IST
The village located around 35km from Jorhat town in upper Assam hasn’t reported any case of Covid-19 yet.
Nearly 10,000 samples collected from across the city over a five-six day period are being processed by researchers from the Maulana Azad Medical College.
Nearly 10,000 samples collected from across the city over a five-six day period are being processed by researchers from the Maulana Azad Medical College.

Report of truncated 6th sero survey in Delhi to be submitted to govt on Monday

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2021 12:25 AM IST
The survey, for which 28,000 blood samples were to be collected from across Delhi, started on April 12, a day after the city reported over 10,000 new cases of the viral infection.
The Suzuki Motor Corp. unit made 157,585 vehicles in April when India was in the grip of the pandemic.(PTI)
The Suzuki Motor Corp. unit made 157,585 vehicles in April when India was in the grip of the pandemic.(PTI)

Automakers look to shift gears as lockdowns ease

By Malyaban Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 02:05 AM IST
  • Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s top carmaker, is expected to produce 165,000-169,000 vehicles in June, increasing it to 174,000 vehicles in July, the people cited above said.
So far, around 4.44 million in Delhi have got one dose and 1.34 million have taken both doses, showed government records. (REUTERS)
So far, around 4.44 million in Delhi have got one dose and 1.34 million have taken both doses, showed government records. (REUTERS)

163 jab points open as supplies stabilise

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 01:07 AM IST
  • As on Wednesday, the Delhi government had 95 vaccine centres spread across 35 locations for the 18-45 age group and 482 vaccine centres spread across 338 locations for the 45+ group.
According to a HT analysis on May 8, around the peak of the second wave, rural and semi-rural India was contributing almost 58% of new Covid-19 cases.(AFP)
According to a HT analysis on May 8, around the peak of the second wave, rural and semi-rural India was contributing almost 58% of new Covid-19 cases.(AFP)

Centre, states pitch in to dispel vaccine hesitancy in rural areas

By Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 12:26 AM IST
Almost 1500km away, in Ganderbal, a little north of Srinagar, religious leaders are using loudspeakers at mosques to urge people to go and get vaccinated.
The increase was due to deaths reported at private hospitals, under home isolation and of post-Covid complications, said additional secretary (health) Pratyaya Amrit.
The increase was due to deaths reported at private hospitals, under home isolation and of post-Covid complications, said additional secretary (health) Pratyaya Amrit.

Bihar Covid death toll increases by 73% after HC-ordered review

By Ruchir Kumar, Patna, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 12:45 AM IST
The government undertook the 20-day exercise to audit Covid-19 deaths after the Patna high court flagged irregularities in death figures in Buxar district on May 17.
The Baylor College of Medicine has partnered with Biological E for the vaccine.(Baylor College of Medicine )
The Baylor College of Medicine has partnered with Biological E for the vaccine.(Baylor College of Medicine )

'Bio E vaccine works against variants, ready with tweaks if needed'

By Binayak Dasgupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 05:12 PM IST
Biological E’s recombinant protein vaccine could address a large gap in global supplies in general, and help inoculate children in particular, says Maria Elena Bottazzi, the associate dean of Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine.
Experts, however, said steps taken by Centre now should have come much earlier.(via AP)
Experts, however, said steps taken by Centre now should have come much earlier.(via AP)

Centre orders 440 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses

By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 05:43 AM IST
  • Officials familiar with the development, who did not wish to be identified, said there is a possibility that the 150 per dose cost of vaccine may no longer be applicable, and that the Centre may have to pay more.
The order issued to state administrative heads also directs that prices charged to beneficiaries at private vaccination centres should be closely monitored, and strict action be taken if any centre flouts the order and is found overcharging.(Bloomberg)
The order issued to state administrative heads also directs that prices charged to beneficiaries at private vaccination centres should be closely monitored, and strict action be taken if any centre flouts the order and is found overcharging.(Bloomberg)

Centre caps price of jabs sold by private players

By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 12:23 AM IST
An office memorandum issued by the ministry fixed the maximum price per dose of Covishield at 780, for Covaxin at 1,410, and for Sputnik V at 1,145, which is as per the prices disclosed by the vaccine manufacturers at the moment.
Agra chief medical officer (CMO) Dr RC Pandey said he ordered a probe by two additional CMOs and the report will be submitted within two days.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo)
Agra chief medical officer (CMO) Dr RC Pandey said he ordered a probe by two additional CMOs and the report will be submitted within two days.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo)

UP probes if Agra hospital cut oxygen supply on purpose

UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 05:24 AM IST
All 55 patients currently admitted to Paras hospital will be shifted out, he added.
Covaxin uses an inactivated whole virus to elicit an immune response.
Covaxin uses an inactivated whole virus to elicit an immune response.

‘Covaxin effective against Covid-19 variants’: ICMR study

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2021 12:10 AM IST
  • The research, which is yet to be peer reviewed, also discovered that the vaccine is thrice as effective in creating antibodies as a previous Covid infection. To be sure, other research has shown that a previous infection does confer stronger immunity .
According to government records, Delhi has around 5.7 million people who are aged above 45, of which around 2.56 million have taken one dose of Covid-19 vaccines and more than 860,000 have taken a second dose.
According to government records, Delhi has around 5.7 million people who are aged above 45, of which around 2.56 million have taken one dose of Covid-19 vaccines and more than 860,000 have taken a second dose.

Delhi govt goes extra mile in Covid-19 vaccination drive

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 01:46 AM IST
During the conversation, Tripathi opened up. He told the officers that he had heard somewhere that the vaccines have led to a large number of cases of glaucoma.
The Prime Minister’s speech comes ahead of a hearing in the Supreme Court on the Covid-19 situation and the state of vaccination in the country.(PTI)
The Prime Minister’s speech comes ahead of a hearing in the Supreme Court on the Covid-19 situation and the state of vaccination in the country.(PTI)

States won’t have to pay for vaccines: PM Modi

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 01:22 AM IST
  • The Union government will bear the cost of vaccinating everyone over the age of 18 years (the population currently eligible for vaccines), he said.
With over 63,000 tests, the test positivity rate — proportion of samples that return positive — also fell further to 0.36%.(AP)
With over 63,000 tests, the test positivity rate — proportion of samples that return positive — also fell further to 0.36%.(AP)

Covid-19 cases below 300 for 1st time since March 4, positivity rate now 0.36%

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 01:01 AM IST
  • The number of deaths has also reduced with the daily toll below 100 for five days in a row now.
The Delhi government’s health department on June 3 issued similar directions to all government Covid-19 vaccination centres.
The Delhi government’s health department on June 3 issued similar directions to all government Covid-19 vaccination centres.

Covaxin for 18-45 bracket only for 2nd dose, HC told

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 12:46 AM IST
  • The court asked the Centre and the Delhi government to take instructions to examine whether the slots being opened for second dose vaccination can be increased and posted the matter for June 11.
Of the 22,904 samples that were tested, 5,316 people were found with IgG (Immunoglobulin G-type) antibodies against coronavirus.(via AP)
Of the 22,904 samples that were tested, 5,316 people were found with IgG (Immunoglobulin G-type) antibodies against coronavirus.(via AP)

TN serosurvey finds Covid antibodies in 23% population

By Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 12:41 AM IST
The study was carried out by the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine across all districts, except Chennai where two serosurveys have already been done by the Greater Chennai Corporation.
In his early 40s, Mr Kumar arrived in Delhi from his village in Nawada, Bihar, seven years ago.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
In his early 40s, Mr Kumar arrived in Delhi from his village in Nawada, Bihar, seven years ago.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: Delhi’s mask seller

By Mayank Austen Soofi, Hindustan Times, New Delhii
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 12:30 AM IST
  • In the evening, Mr Kumar returns to the place where he sleeps—a ren basera, shelter for the homeless.
Experts are trying to understand why there has been a spurt in cases, and suspicion has fallen on overuse of steroids and immunosuppressants as well as uncontrolled diabetes during Covid-19.
Experts are trying to understand why there has been a spurt in cases, and suspicion has fallen on overuse of steroids and immunosuppressants as well as uncontrolled diabetes during Covid-19.

28,252 cases of black fungus logged during 2nd wave: Govt

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 12:14 AM IST
Mucormycosis, often also referred to a black fungus infection, is an opportunistic infection that is believed to be taking hold in people with suppressed immunity.
In Kerala, the test positivity rate remained under 15% but the death toll crossed 10,000, according to data released by the state health ministry.(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
In Kerala, the test positivity rate remained under 15% but the death toll crossed 10,000, according to data released by the state health ministry.(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

Unlocking begins in more states as Covid cases drop

UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 12:16 AM IST
Some states announced minor relaxations in restrictions in May but more joined them in the past few days, moving towards ending the curbs fully by the end of this month if there is no spurt in Covid cases.
Dr Ram Vishwakarma, advisor to director general, CSIR, said in a screen to identify drugs that can inhibit syncytia formation, Niclosamide was identified as a promising repurposed drug by a research group from King’s College London, which collaborated in the project.(Bachchan Kumar / HT Photo)
Dr Ram Vishwakarma, advisor to director general, CSIR, said in a screen to identify drugs that can inhibit syncytia formation, Niclosamide was identified as a promising repurposed drug by a research group from King’s College London, which collaborated in the project.(Bachchan Kumar / HT Photo)

Phase II clinical trial of tapeworm drug begins

By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2021 12:44 AM IST
  • Niclosamide has been extensively used in the past for the treatment of tapeworm infection among adults as well as children.
So while wealthy countries had pledged to give some 150 million doses so far -- on top of the doses Covax procures with donated funds -- that would not resolve the problem.(REUTERS)
So while wealthy countries had pledged to give some 150 million doses so far -- on top of the doses Covax procures with donated funds -- that would not resolve the problem.(REUTERS)

WHO warns of June-July Covax doses shortfall

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2021 07:45 PM IST
  • Covax was set up to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, particularly to low-income countries, and has already delivered more than 80 million doses to 129 territories.
To help families live a life of dignity and maintain a good standard of living, the benefit of ESIC pension scheme for employment related death cases is being extended to even those who have died due to Covid-19.
To help families live a life of dignity and maintain a good standard of living, the benefit of ESIC pension scheme for employment related death cases is being extended to even those who have died due to Covid-19.

Govt announces measures to help families who lost earning member due to Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 09:07 PM IST
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said through these schemes, efforts are being made to mitigate financial difficulties that may be faced by them.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File photo)

News updates from HT: Delhi CM starts drive-through Covid vaccination centre

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 04:53 PM IST
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Kerala on Thursday recorded 24,166 Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s caseload to 24,18,529 and its death toll to 8063 after 181 people succumbed to the viral disease.(File Photo)
Kerala on Thursday recorded 24,166 Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s caseload to 24,18,529 and its death toll to 8063 after 181 people succumbed to the viral disease.(File Photo)

Vijayan writes to PM Modi; urges him for continuous supply of Covid-19 vaccines

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2021 07:33 PM IST
  • He said that one-half of the state’s population who are above the age of 45 are yet to be given at least one dose.
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