India COVID-19

  • Covid-19: India did not have huge peak at all, says ICMR DG
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS): Lauding the nation-wide lockdown, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava on Tuesday said that the country distributed the Covid-19 curve in such a way that it did not have many deaths and did not witness a huge peak. The comments came against the backdrop of All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria's statement that India is witnessing a second wave of coronavirus in some areas. "During the peak in Europe and the U
  • India records highest 1-day spike of 83,883 Covid-19 cases
    New Delhi, September 3 (IANS): With 83,883 fresh coronavirus infections in 24 hours, India's tally mounted to 3,853,406 on Thursday, while the death toll climbed to 67,376 with 1,043 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry. Out of total confirmed cases, 8,15,538 are the active cases, while a total of 2,970,492 have recovered from the virus so far. With 68,584 recoveries in a day, the recovery rate has increased to 77.09 per cent. The number of patients recovering is on a st
  • Mask use may prevent 2 lakh COVID deaths in India: Study
    New Delhi, September 1 (PTI): Widespread mask use and data-driven social distancing measures in India may help prevent over 200,000 COVID-19-related deaths in India by December 1, according to a modelling study which shows the disease will continue to pose a major public health threat in the country. The study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the US suggests that there is an opportunity to further limit the toll of COVID-19 in Ind
  • India crosses 3.5 mn mark with over 78K new corona cases
    New Delhi, August 30 (IANS): With a single-day spike of 78,761 fresh cases and 948 deaths, the coronavirus tally in India on Sunday reached 35,42,733 cases, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed. Out of the total cases, 7,65,302 are active ones, including 12,878, which came up in the last 24 hours. A total of 27,13,933 have recovered from the virus so far. With 64,935 recoveries in a day, the recovery rate reached 76.47 per cent and the fatality rate was 1.81 pe
  • COVID-19 tests cross 4-crore mark in India
    New Delhi, August 29 (PTI): With more than nine lakh samples tested for the third consecutive day, the number of tests for detection of COVID-19 has crossed the four-crore mark in India, while the number of such tests per 10 lakh people has also increased to 29,280, the Union health ministry said on Saturday as the total number of coronavirus cases mounted to 34,63,972 in the country. With the focussed, consistent and coordinated efforts led by the Centre and implemented by the stat
  • India's trajectory of daily Covid-19 cases highest-ever globally
    New Delhi, August 29 (IANS): The coronavirus pandemic in India currently seems to be at its worst, as the country's trajectory of daily cases continued to be the highest-ever recorded globally since the start of the health crisis in December 2019. On Saturday, India reported 76,472 new coronavirus cases, taking the total tally to 34,63,972, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This was slightly lower than the country's all-time spike of 77,266 cases a d
  • Unprecedented single-day Covid spike of 77,266 in India
    New Delhi, August 28 (IANS): India on Friday breached its own previous day record of single-day spike of over 75,000 cases, by registering an unprecedented 77,266 fresh coronavirus infections in 24 hours. With this India's tally mounted to 33,87,500 while the toll reached 61,529 with 1,057 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry. India though the third worst-hit at present, after the US and Brazil, has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the worl
  • India records nearly 70K cases again
    New Delhi, August 22 (IANS) India recorded 69,878 new coronavirus cases in a single day on Saturday taking the total tally to 29,75,701, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. In the last 24 hours, 945 people lost their lives due to Covid-19 infection taking the toll to 55,794, the ministry said. The total active cases from across the country stands at 6,97,330. The total number of people discharged from hospitals and quarantine centres so far is 22,22,577. In the last 2
  • 8 states lead India's Covid-19 tally with over 1 lakh cases each
    New Delhi, August 20 (IANS): India, which has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, has eight states, which have recorded over one lakh cases each, accounting for 77.87 per cent of its total tally. These states are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal and Bihar. On Thursday, India's coronavirus caseload rose to 28,369,25 with a record single-day spike of 69,652 infections. The recoveries increased to 20,96
  • 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