Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious congregations in India, and the fact that it would be a "super spreader" of the virus was firmly predicted by many officials and common people at large.Times Now reports in Madhya Pradesh, 60 out of the 61 returnees test positive. It was further speculated that all of these 61 people were not from Kumbh Mela, and the number might vary.
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India's daily Covid figures hit a new high today with 3,79,257 fresh infections and 3,645 deaths reported in 24 hours; The U.S. government told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible because of the country's escalating Covid-19 crisis; In view of a surge in coronavirus cases, the Uttarakhand government has decided to suspend the four-day Char Dham Yatra. This and more news at 2 PM.
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In the latest episode of On The Record, Hindustan Times’ National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury speaks with Dr Ashish Jha, Dean at Brown University, about the second wave of Covid-19 in India. Jha said the Kumbh Mela was very irresponsible and a major source of the surge alongside the political rallies. “By mid-February, cases had started to rise and headed for a very dreaded second wave and yet there was no action,” Jha added. Watch the full video for more.
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The last 'shahi snan' at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on Tuesday was a subdued affair with seers keeping the ritual symbolic in view of a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 17 had appealed to sadhus to observe the remaining duration of the Kumbh only in a "symbolic" manner. Following this different 'akhadas' (sects) had agreed to keep their participation symbolic. Crowds at the ghats of the Ganga started thinning down drastically since last week after the key 'akhadas' of seers began pulling out of the Maha Kumbh, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, citing the spike in coronavirus case numbers. Watch the full video for more details.
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Despite surge in COVID-19 cases in India, scores of devotees gathered at 'Har Ki Pauri' in Haridwar on April 27. They participated in the last 'shahi snan' of 'Kumbh Mela' and took holy dip at the ghat. Due to COVID pandemic, this year the 'Kumbh Mela' held for a month only.
Amid India's worst Covid wave yet, a sliver of hope emerged. The Union government revealed districts without new cases in weeks. 32 districts have not seen any new cases in almost a month. The Union health minister revealed the stats during ministers' meet. “For the last 7 days, 180 districts haven't seen new cases. 18 districts haven't seen new cases in the last 14 days. 54 districts haven't seen new cases in the last 21 days and 32 districts have not seen new cases in the last 28 days,” said Harsh Vardhan. However, India did add over 4 lakh new cases in just 24 hours. India currently has over 37 lakh active cases and over 2.38 lakh deaths. Watch the full video for more.
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Dozens of bodies were seen floating in the river at Chausa town on Bihar's border with Uttar Pradesh and later piling up on the banks.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his state cannot spare any further oxygen as they have already supplied their buffer stock to neighbouring states and are now left with just 86 metric tonne of buffer. The Congress Working Committee on Monday held a meeting where it discussed the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country. A large section of class 12 students has taken to Twitter demanding for cancelation of board exams.
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As India struggles with its worst Covid wave, requests for plasma donations have flooded various social media platforms. Oncologist Dr Sameer Kaul speaks to Hindustan Times and explains the dos and don’ts of plasma donation; who can donate and the risks involved. Kaul says, “Plasma therapy is not a panacea for Covid-19. It specifically helps patients who are early in the disease and have moderate Covid.” Watch the full video for more.
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India is in the midst of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and many experts have already warned of an imminent third wave. Dr. Rommel Tickoo, Director (Internal Medicine) at Max Healthcare and Dr. Ambarish Satwik, vascular and endovascular surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital speak to Hindustan Times and bust myths on prevention, medicines, clotting, hospitalisation, etc. In this episode of InFocus, Dr. Satwik explains how to wear a mask in a proper manner and avoid Covid infection. Watch the full video for more.
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The second wave of the Covid pandemic is raging in India. Renowned cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan explained how Covid is affecting heart patients in the country. He also spoke on the role of anxiety & how people can use de-stressing techniques. Watch a small snippet of Hindustan Times' Covid special with Dr. Naresh Trehan. The full interview premieres at 11 am on 9th May, 2021.https://youtu.be/BW5lzh3YOak
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As the Covid wave in India continues to rage, renowned cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan talks about the warning signs and preventive steps for heart patients. Speaking exclusively to Hindustan Times’ Kumkum Chadha, Dr. Trehan explained how the virus can affect heart patients. Dr. Trehan talks about cases of heart attacks in patients who do not have a pre-existing history of heart-related ailments. Watch the full interview for more details.
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As India struggles to control the spread of the second wave of the Covid pandemic, doctors in the country are now warning about the overuse of steroids. Speaking to Hindustan Times’ Aditi Prasad, Dr. Jalil Parkar said many patients who recovered after being given steroids came back a few months later with multiple problems. ‘1 lakh out of the 2 crore odd Covid patients could end up with diabetes if people do not know when to stop using steroids,’ Dr. Parkar warned. Dr Amit Thadani, Medical Director at Niramaya Hospitals also said that there is no role of steroids in treating mild cases and said that use of should be judicious. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Hitting back at senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh for his critique of the government's COVID-19 management, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday alleged the second wave of the pandemic was..
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After a comparative lull for a few months, the Covid virus seems to have returned with much more virulence. India is detecting more than double the number of daily cases than seen during the peak last..
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