India COVID-19

  • India now past 24L Covid cases, recovery above 71%
    New Delhi, August 14 (IANS) India's Covid-19 tally crossed the 24-lakh mark on Friday with 64,553 new cases in 24 hours, while the toll climbed to 48,040 with 1,007 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry. Out of the total 2,461,190 cases, recoveries have surged to 1,751,555 with a record 55,573 more people recuperating in the past 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to nearly 71.17 per cent. The actual caseload of the country is the active cases, which currently stands at 6
  • Centre releases Rs 890 cr as 2nd instalment to fight Covid
    New Delhi, August 6 (IANS) The Central Government on Thursday released Rs 890.32 crore as the second instalment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to 22 states and union territories. The financial assistance is based on the COVID-19 caseload in these regions. The second instalment will be used for strengthening the public health facilities infrastructure for testing including procurement and installation of RT-PCR machines, RNA extraction ki
  • Can't say if India will have 2nd Covid wave: ICMR
    New Delhi, August 3 (ANI): ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava said has said that it is difficult to predict whether or not India will see a second wave of COVID-19 infections and there will be smaller peaks at different times due to varied geography of the country. In an exclusive interview with ANI, (Prof) Dr Bhargava also said that the situation was rapidly evolving and there have been immense variations in spread of infection and mortality rates in different geographies and across dif
  • Centre issues guidelines for reopening of gyms from Aug 5
    New Delhi, August 3 (IANS) From maintaining a distance of six feet, using visor rather than mask, following respiratory etiquette, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday issued guidelines for re-opening of gyms and yoga centres as a part of the third phase of easing of lockdown. Yoga institutes and gymnasiums are slated to open from August 5. The guidelines aim to minimize possible physical contacts between staff, members and visitors and maintain social distancing, oth
  • With nearly 55k new COVID-19 cases, India crosses 17 lakh mark
    New Delhi, August 2 (IANS) With 54,735 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, India on Sunday crossed the 17 lakh mark with an overall 17,50,723 cases, fresh data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed. A totol of 853 deaths were also reported in this period. Out of the total 17,50,723 cases, 5,67,730 cases were active, 11,45,629 people recovered from the disease and were discharged, while 37,364 persons have lost their lives in the fight against the deadly
  • India's fatality rate lowest since lockdown 1
    New Delhi, August 1 (PTI): The country's total number of recoveries from COVID-19 has surged close to 11 lakh, while the case fatality rate has declined from 3.33 per cent in mid-June to 2.15 per cent, the lowest since lockdown was clamped in March, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.        In the global platform, India continues to register and maintain the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate, it said and asserted that this is a testimony to the focused,
  • Over 50,000 Covid cases in 24 hours for first time
    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): India witnessed a single-day spike of 52,123 COVID-19 cases as the total cases in the country reached 15,83,792, the Union ministry of health and family welfare said on Thursday. The total cases include 5,28,242 active cases and 10,20,582 cured/discharged cases, the health ministry added. A total of 775 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 34,968. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state as it reported 9,211 new
  • India's Covid death rate is falling and falling
    New Delhi, July 27 (PTI): India's COVID-19 fatality rate has been progressively falling and currently stands at 2.28 per cent which is among the lowest in the world, the government said on Monday, attributing the dip to factors like aggressive testing and an effective containment strategy. It also said that the recovery rate has been improving consistently and the total recoveries have now crossed the nine lakh-mark.  The focused efforts of the Centre, state governments and
  • Took right decision at right time to fight Covid: Modi
    New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) India has become the second largest personal protective equipment (PPE) kits manufacturer in the last four months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday while inaugurating the three more high tech state of the art testing labs for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Modi said that the right decisions taken at the right time led India to be in a better position as compared to other countries to fight coronavi
  • Record 36,145 COVID-19 patients recover in 24 hrs
    New Delhi, July 26 (PTI): As many as 36,145 patients have recuperated from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, the highest recorded in a day, pushing the recovery rate to 63.92 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 2.31 per cent, the ministry said. The total recoveries has surged to 8,85,576 so far, as India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 13,85,522 on Sunday. More patients are recovering and their total number e
  • Airborne transmission of COVID-19 'distinct possibility': CSIR
    New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Alluding to the emerging evidence, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chief Shekhar C. Mande has asserted that airborne transmission of COVID-19 is indeed a "distinct possibility" and advised people to wear masks even in enclosed spaces. His remarks came days after the World Health Organization acknowledged the emerging evidence of airborne spread of the novel coronavirus. In a blogpost on CSIR's website, Mande referred to
  • India's COVID-19 case fatality rate 'progressively falling': Govt
    From 2.82 per cent over a month earlier, India's COVID-19 case fatality rate declined to 2.72 per cent on July 10 and has further reduced to 2.49 per cent presently.   New Delhi, July 19 (PTI): India's COVID-19 case fatality rate is "progressively falling" and is currently at 2.49 per cent, which is one of the lowest in the world, the Union health ministry said on Sunday, crediting efficient clinical management of hospitalised cases for it.   The
  • Close to 39K fresh cases, India crosses 10.77 lakh
    New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) With 38,902 new cases reported in past 24 hours India's total coronavirus cases on Sunday reached 10,77,618. With 543 deaths the toll stood at 26,816, Health Ministry data said.   Karnataka is the new hotspot state nearing 60,000 cases, as Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 3,00,937 cases and 11,596 casualties. It crossed the 3-lakh-mark on Saturday with Mumbai reporting over 1 lakh coronavirus cases so far. It is followed by Tamil N
  • Community spread has started and the situation is bad, observes IMA
    New delhi, July 18 (ANI): With one million people getting affected by COVID-19, the Indian Medical Association is of the view that community spread has started and the situation is pretty bad.   Dr V K Monga, the Chairman of IMA Hospital Board of India said, "This is now an exponential growth. Every day the number of cases is increasing by more than around 30,000. This is really a bad situation for the country. There are so many factors connected with it but overall thi
  • COVID-19: Recoveries exceed active cases by 2.95 lakh
    New Delhi, July 18 (PTI): India's actual COVID-19 caseload is 3,58,692, while close to 18,000 people have recuperated from the disease in 24 hours taking the the number of recoveries to 6,53,750 which exceed active cases by 2,95,058, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.    Medical attention is being provided to all active cases, either in home isolation or in hospitals for severe cases, it said.   In a statement, the ministry said, "The last 2
  • India becomes 3rd country to cross 10 lakh Covid cases
    It took 110 days for the COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh and just 59 days more to go past the nine-lakh mark.   New delhi, July 17 (PTI): With a record single-day surge of 34,956 cases, India's COVID-19 tally zoomed past 10 lakh on Friday, just three days after it crossed the nine-lakh mark, according to the Union health ministry data.   The total coronavirus caseload in the country surged to 10,03,832, while death toll mounted to 25,602 with
  • Govt should loosen purse strings: Nobel winner
    New Delhi, July 15 (PTI): Nobel prize winner Abhijit Banerjee on Wednesday said that in the short run, the government should loosen its purse string to provide bigger funds to the poor as the recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is going to be longer and more painful.   "In the short run, I think the government's basic general thinking is use whatever instruments you have to give people some money. That's probably a good instinct. I think the amount
  • India records highest single-day spike of 29,429 cases
    New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) India recorded the highest single-day spike of 29,429 coronavirus cases and 582 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 9,36,181 cases with a death total of 24,309, the Health Ministry's data stated on Wednesday.   On Tuesday, the country had crossed the grim nine lakh mark, adding over a lakh cases within three days. India had crossed the eight lakh cases on July 11.   According to Health Ministry data, as many as 5,92,031
  • Number of recoveries 1.8 times higher than active cases: Centre
    New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that 86 per cent of the total number of coronavirus cases in the country are confined to 10 states, adding that the fatality rate has come down, while the recovery rate has improved.   India is currently the third-worst affected country in the world with 906,752 coronavirus cases as on Tuesday.   "Eighty-six per cent of the total cases are confined to 10 states. Two of these account for 50 pe
  • Record 28,637 COVID-19 cases take India's tally to 8.49 lakh
     New Delhi, July12 (ANI): With the highest single-day spike of 28,637 new cases in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count reached 8,49,553 on Sunday.   The death toll climbed to 22,674 with 551 people succumbing to the disease in 24 hours, the updated data at 8 am showed.   According to Union health ministry data, the number of recoveries stands at 5,34,621 while there are 2,92,258 active cases.   The toll due to the disease has reached 22,6