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With vacation travel cancelled and other activities on hold, people are ready to escape on the water.(Unsplash)

Sailing on blue waters: Boat buyers seek recreation while safely socially distancing amid pandemic

Yarmouth, Maine | By Associated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 07:34 PM IST
People are looking for something to do and a safe place to go, at a time when the pandemic has raised safety concerns and limited recreational opportunities. Oceans, lakes and ponds are good places for people to socially distance while having fun at the same time.
New nods: The chin-brow lift and footshake.(Gajanan Nirphale)
New nods: The chin-brow lift and footshake.(Gajanan Nirphale)

A kiss isn’t just a kiss in the pandemic world

Hindustan Times | By Madhushree Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 05:28 PM IST
In New Zealand, a new greeting made by lifting your chin and eyebrows is inspired by the Maori, who traditionally greet one another by pressing noses and foreheads.
Priyanka Chopra: That powerful pout.(Shutterstock)
Priyanka Chopra: That powerful pout.(Shutterstock)

Essay: No lipstick, only masks

Hindustan Times | By Shoma A. Chatterji
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 05:11 PM IST
Lipstick is not just a cosmetic; it is an object with emotional, cultural and political resonance. So what do we do in an era when lipstick has been rendered redundant?
Pedestrians and vehicles jostle for space in a crowded street leading to no social distancing at Jama Masjid market in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Pedestrians and vehicles jostle for space in a crowded street leading to no social distancing at Jama Masjid market in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

Scant space for social distance in Delhi’s congested walled city

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Manoj Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 06:02 AM IST
Social distancing, a man living in Old Delhi says, is an oxymoron in old Delhi , which has a population of about 12 lakh crammed in an area of 6 square kilometres.
The image shows two devices kept on a table.(Twitter/Ministry of Railways)
The image shows two devices kept on a table.(Twitter/Ministry of Railways)

Indian Railways tweets video of device that ensures social distancing. Watch

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2020 07:31 PM IST
The video shared by Ministry of Railways about social distancing ensuring device has impressed many.
As Canada’s largest city gradually comes out of lockdown, the exhibit began this week with two viewing areas in a huge Toronto warehouse.(Immersive Van Gogh/Facebook)
As Canada’s largest city gradually comes out of lockdown, the exhibit began this week with two viewing areas in a huge Toronto warehouse.(Immersive Van Gogh/Facebook)

Social distancing for art lovers: A drive-in for safe Van Gogh show held in Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 09:30 PM IST
While some museums have had to cancel or postpone long-planned exhibits because of the coronavirus, organizers of a Van Gogh show in Toronto had a novel idea: offering art lovers a drive-in option.
Locals said that most of the people who had gathered at the spot were not wearing masks and there was no social distancing. (HT photo)
Locals said that most of the people who had gathered at the spot were not wearing masks and there was no social distancing. (HT photo)

Near-stampede as villagers queue to submit documents to get Amphan relief

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 04:47 PM IST
While the Trinamool Congress said that it was propaganda spread by the opposition that led to the chaos, the BJP said that villagers lost faith in the ruling party because of corruption and hence rushed to the BDO’s office to get their names enrolled for relief.
With a dozen people typically sleeping in a single room, and hundreds using the same public toilet, authorities realised early that standard practices would be of little use.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
With a dozen people typically sleeping in a single room, and hundreds using the same public toilet, authorities realised early that standard practices would be of little use.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

‘Chasing the virus’: How Mumbai’s Dharavi beat back a pandemic

Mumbai | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 10:14 AM IST
The sprawling slum has long been a byword for the financial capital’s bitter income disparities -- with Dharavi’s estimated one million people scraping a living as factory workers or maids and chauffeurs to Mumbai’s well-heeled residents.
Barring Faridabad and Gurugram, malls were open in the rest of Haryana as the state government on June 8 had decided against opening shopping malls and religious places due to rising number of Covid-19 cases.
Barring Faridabad and Gurugram, malls were open in the rest of Haryana as the state government on June 8 had decided against opening shopping malls and religious places due to rising number of Covid-19 cases.

Malls to reopen in Gurugram next week, strict social distancing must

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Abhishek Behl | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 07:08 PM IST
Only those visitors who wear a mask and have temperature under the limit will be allowed entry.
China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong and Singapore recommend social distancing of 1 metre. The guidance in the United States is six feet, or 1.8m. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong and Singapore recommend social distancing of 1 metre. The guidance in the United States is six feet, or 1.8m. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

One metre or two? How social distancing affects Covid-19 risk

London | By Reuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 12:40 PM IST
Britain has announced an easing of social distancing rules from July 4 onwards, reducing the recommended gap from 2 metres to “1 metre plus” in England.
Soni Razdan is known for his Bollywood films such as Saaransh, Sir, Patiala House and Raazi.(Instagram/Soni Razdan)
Soni Razdan is known for his Bollywood films such as Saaransh, Sir, Patiala House and Raazi.(Instagram/Soni Razdan)

Soni Razdan on people flouting norms during Unlock 1.0: Social distancing is not in the DNA of our nation

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 09:42 PM IST
Actor Soni Razdan talks about how she and husband, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, and daughters Alia Bhatt and Shaheen Bhatt, are holding up in the present crisis.
The image shows the passengers walking out of the station.(Twitter/@Central_Railway)
The image shows the passengers walking out of the station.(Twitter/@Central_Railway)

Passengers practice social distancing at CSMT railway station in Mumbai, Central Railways tweets video of new norm

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2020 12:24 PM IST
“Social Distancing. The new norm being followed by the #corona warriors while exiting CSMT today,” Central Railways tweeted.
Nitish Kumar’s remarks came amid repeated barbs by the opposition RJD, and aides-turned-adversaries like Prashant Kishor, that Kumar was feeling “scared” of stepping out of his house.(HT photo)
Nitish Kumar’s remarks came amid repeated barbs by the opposition RJD, and aides-turned-adversaries like Prashant Kishor, that Kumar was feeling “scared” of stepping out of his house.(HT photo)

CM Nitish Kumar indirectly ticks off oppn, expresses wish to travel out of Patna

Patna, Bihar | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2020 01:29 PM IST
With a ghost of a smile on his lips, Kumar displayed mock anger and turned towards Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar and said, “I do not feel happy inaugurating projects from so far. From the next time, kindly make arrangements so that we can visit the place concerned and behold the projects upon completion.”
Bombay high court(HT File)
Bombay high court(HT File)

Airlines can allow passengers on middle seat under DGCA guidelines: HC

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 03:07 PM IST
A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and S P Tavade refused to accept the contentions raised in a petition filed by Air India pilot Deven Kanani, who said the middle seats of all international and domestic flights should be kept vacant to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
It was only last week that the WHO changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible.(REUTERS)
It was only last week that the WHO changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible.(REUTERS)

Wearing face masks best way to stop airborne spread of Covid-19, says study

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 05:15 PM IST
Comparing data from the first pandemic epicentre in Wuhan in central China, Italy and New York city, the researchers argue that non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) like social distancing, quarantine and contact tracing work the best when people wear masks.
File photo: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.(HT Photo.)
File photo: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.(HT Photo.)

Social distancing norms thrown to wind during union agriculture minister’s birthday bash

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 09:07 AM IST
A video of the crowd, wherein people were seen jostling with one another to take the food grains packets, went viral on social media.
Loneliness affects both mental and physical health, but counterintuitively it can also result in a decreased desire for social interaction.(Unsplash)
Loneliness affects both mental and physical health, but counterintuitively it can also result in a decreased desire for social interaction.(Unsplash)

Is lockdown loneliness making us loners?

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 11:56 AM IST
As per the study, humans won’t all be loners after lockdown but will be anxious upon returning to the normal social lives.
the Odisha government said any of its employees found not wearing mask during officer hours would face charges of official indiscipline.(REUTERS)
the Odisha government said any of its employees found not wearing mask during officer hours would face charges of official indiscipline.(REUTERS)

Odisha warns of disciplinary action against employees not wearing masks in office

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2020 08:57 PM IST
The Odisha government order also said employees need to ensure frequent hand washing (for minimum 20 seconds) during the office hours, especially after the use of washrooms.
Devotees offer prayers outside the Golden Temple shrine after it reopened for public since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Amritsar, Punjab on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Devotees offer prayers outside the Golden Temple shrine after it reopened for public since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Amritsar, Punjab on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Social distancing, no prasad as religious places reopen

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 07:03 AM IST
Worshippers across the country visited religious places on Monday after Covid-19 restrictions were partly eased after nearly two and a half month.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses 'Bihar Jansamvad rally through video conferencing in New Delhi.(ANI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses 'Bihar Jansamvad rally through video conferencing in New Delhi.(ANI)

‘Do gaz ki doori’ cannot become distance between BJP and people: Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 05:24 PM IST
Home minister Amit Shah has been conducting a series of virtual rallies to drive home the message of the government.
A man dressed as ‘Hanuman’ dances to the tune of Dhol at Hanuman Temple near Connaught Place in Delhi. (Photo: Arvind Yadav/HT)
A man dressed as ‘Hanuman’ dances to the tune of Dhol at Hanuman Temple near Connaught Place in Delhi. (Photo: Arvind Yadav/HT)

Thermal screening, social distancing as devotees back in places of worship

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 01:56 PM IST
The opening of places of worship is the first of the three-phase plan for reopening of prohibited activities in non-containment zones with a stringent set of Standard Operating Procedures(SOPs) which will be in place till June 30.
The researchers noted more global, collaborative, well-conducted studies of different personal protective strategies are needed. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
The researchers noted more global, collaborative, well-conducted studies of different personal protective strategies are needed. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Physical distancing, masks, eye protection may help prevent Covid-19

Toronto | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 06:13 PM IST
Physical distancing of two metres or more can prevent person-to-person transmission of COVID-19, according to a comprehensive review of studies published in The Lancet journal, which also found that face masks and eye protection may decrease the risk of infection too.
Masks and protective eye coverings also added protective benefits, though the evidence for that was less clear cut, said the analysis, which was part-funded by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Masks and protective eye coverings also added protective benefits, though the evidence for that was less clear cut, said the analysis, which was part-funded by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

2m distancing, masks key to stopping Covid-19 spread: Study

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 05:43 AM IST
The study found that the risk of infection was 2.6% when people stand more than a metre away from the infected people, against 12.8% risk if they were within a metre, with modelling suggesting that the risk halved for every extra metre, up to three metres.
Places that take longer to implement social distancing measures may spend more time with the virus rapidly spreading than those that act more quickly. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Places that take longer to implement social distancing measures may spend more time with the virus rapidly spreading than those that act more quickly. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Social distancing delay by one day may lead to virus spreading for 2.4 extra days

Houston | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 08:34 PM IST
According to the analysis, waiting for a week after early signs of resurgence of the virus might require about 17 more days of social distancing to slow the spread of the pandemic.
Apart from reopening the monuments, it was also decided to restart performances by folk artists inside the monuments and all the officials have been issued instructions for making the arrangements.(Getty Images)
Apart from reopening the monuments, it was also decided to restart performances by folk artists inside the monuments and all the officials have been issued instructions for making the arrangements.(Getty Images)

Monuments run by Rajasthan government to be open from June 1: Official

Jaipur | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2020 03:36 PM IST
The monuments will be open from 9 am to 2 pm in the first week and from 9 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm in the second week.
Once lockdown is lifted, people can visit the office to meet officer on special duty and attend predefined public meetings for grievance redressal.(HT file photo)
Once lockdown is lifted, people can visit the office to meet officer on special duty and attend predefined public meetings for grievance redressal.(HT file photo)

Get all property related work done online in Noida from June 1

Hindustan Times | By Vinod Rajput, Noida
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 09:21 AM IST
The move comes after the ministry of health and family welfare has directed government bodies and other entities to follow social distancing at workplaces to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection.
More than 400 people gathered to welcome Union agriculture minister Narendra Tomar and also to hand over applications and complaints to him for several works, as per a district administration officer. (HT Photo)
More than 400 people gathered to welcome Union agriculture minister Narendra Tomar and also to hand over applications and complaints to him for several works, as per a district administration officer. (HT Photo)

Social distancing missing as 400 people jostle to meet Union minister

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ranjan | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 07:37 PM IST
At the Nishadraj Bhavan, Tomar felicitated 40 corona warriors. Subsequently, at the collectorate he had a meeting with district officials and public representatives to review the Covid-19 situation.
The motto is ‘Open Your Umbrella, Come Rain, Shine or Pandemic,’ said P S Jyothis, president of Thanneermukkom Panchayat that has 23 wards.(ANI)
The motto is ‘Open Your Umbrella, Come Rain, Shine or Pandemic,’ said P S Jyothis, president of Thanneermukkom Panchayat that has 23 wards.(ANI)

Coastal Kerala village uses umbrella as weapon to combat Covid-19

Kochi, Kerala | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2020 03:40 PM IST
In a month’s time, the administration distributed 6,000 umbrellas at a subsidised rate through the anti-poverty Kudumbashree project led by women.
The travellers will undergo thermal scan and will have to show that the Aarogya Setu app on the passengers mobile phone has the ‘you-are-safe’ message.(ANI)
The travellers will undergo thermal scan and will have to show that the Aarogya Setu app on the passengers mobile phone has the ‘you-are-safe’ message.(ANI)

Bengaluru airport introduces ‘contactless journey’ to contain Covid-19

Bengaluru, Karnataka | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 02:12 PM IST
With greater emphasis on minimum touch and minimum exposure between passengers and airport personnel, BIAL aims to minimise all physical contact at the airport.
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