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Record spike of over 55,000 new coronavirus cases in single day in India

31-07-2020 10:10

India reported the single-day spike of 55,079 coronavirus cases and 779 deaths in the last 24 hours pushing the total tally to 16,38,871 and 35,747 deaths, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.

More than one million people have recovered till now, over 1.9 times the number of active cases. As many as 10,57,805 have been discharged, while 5,45,318 still remain affected.

As many as 16 states and UTs have a recovery rate more than the national average of 64.44 per cent. Highest number of recovered patients are in Delhi, Ladakh, Haryana, Assam, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

Maharashtra remains to be the worst-hit state and has 4,11,798 total cases, including 2,48,615 recovered cases and 1,48,150 active cases. It is followed by Tamil Nadu, which has 2,39,978 cases and then Delhi, which logged 1,34,403 cases.

Besides this, India achieved another landmark. More than six lakh tests were done in 24 hours on Thursday, the Ministry said that the testing infrastructure has increased and almost one crore tests were conducted in the span of the last one month.

At the global front, The total number of global coronavirus cases has topped 17.2 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 6,71,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 1,72,37,642, while the fatalities rose to 6,71,909, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

 

India records over 52,000 Covid cases for the first time in past 24 hours
30-07-2020 11:00

A total of 52,123 cases of Covid infection across India was reported in the last 24 hours, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday pointing out that more than 70 per cent of deaths are "due to comorbidities".

Till date, a total 34,968 people have lost their lives to the virus that originated from China's Wuhan and gripped the entire world.

India is the third worst-hit nation by the pandemic. The total number of Covid cases reported till date is 15,83,792 and the number of people who recovered from the virus stands at 10,20,582.

"The recovery rate from the virus stands at 64.43 per cent," said a senior ministry official. As per the records of the ministry, in the last 24 hours, a total 32,553 people have recovered.

The ministry stated that in the last 24 hours, 775 people have lost their lives which is about 32 deaths every hour. It also pointed that 18,795 new active cases were reported from across the country.

The worst hit state Maharashtra has 1,46,433 active Covid cases so far. In the last 24 hours, 1,435 people got infected with the virus. So far 2,39,755 people have recovered from the virus. A total 14,463 people have lost their lives and in the last 24 hours 298 died of the virus in Maharashtra.

In Andhra Pradesh, one of the worst hit states, a total 7,244 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours taking the total number of active cases to 63,771. The ministry stated that a total 55,406 people recovered from the virus in the state and in the last 24 hours, 2,784 people left hospital or quarantine centres after recovering from the virus. So far, 1,213 people have lost their lives and in 24 hours 65 succumbed to the the disease.

The national capital, where the Union Home Ministry monitors the pandemic situation, has so far 10,770 active cases and in the last 24 hours 117 people got infected with the virus. A total 1,18,633 people have recovered from the virus and in the last 24 hours 1,126 people recovered. A total 3,907 people lost their lives in Delhi from the infection.

Karnataka, another worst affected state, recorded 92 deaths in the last 24 hours taking the total number of deaths due to coronavirus to 2,147. The state has 67,456 active cases. In the last 24 hours, 3,014 people got infected. As per the ministry records, 4,901 people have been recovered from the virus in the state.

So far, Mizoram and Manipur reported no death from the virus. In the last 24 hours in Manipur, a total 114 people were infected, while Mizoram reported three cases.

On Wednesday, the Home Ministry issued guidelines for the 'Unlock 3.0', which will come into effect from August 1.

According to the guidelines, restrictions on movement of individuals during night have been scrapped, and yoga institutes and gymnasiums have been allowed to open from August 5.

International air travel has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner.

 

With 48,000 fresh cases India's Covid tally crosses 15 lakh-mark
29-07-2020 10:55

India on Wednesday went past the psychological 15-lakh mark and registered 48,513 fresh novel Coronavirus cases and 768 new deaths, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed.

India still the third worst-hit nation by the pandemic now has 15,31,669 cases and 34,193 people have lost their lives to the virus while 9,88,029 have recovered.

The total number of active cases are 5,09,447. The recovery rate has further improved to 64.50 per cent.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with 3,83,723 cases with experts suggesting that it has acquired herd immunity as there were much less fresh cases reported on Tuesday.

It is followed by Tamil Nadu (2,20,716), Delhi (1,32,275) and Karnataka (1,01,465). With 1,056 new Covid-19 cases and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital coronavirus tally rose to 1,32,275 while the death toll mounted to 3,881.

 

Over 47,000 new Covid cases push India's tally to 14.83 lakh
28-07-2020 10:10

India on Tuesday registered 47,703 fresh novel coronavirus cases taking the total tally to over 14.83 lakh cases while with 654 new deaths, total fatalities crossed 33,425, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated.

According to the latest data, the total number of cases in India reached 14,83,156 of which 33,425 people have died while 9,52,743 have recovered. The total number of active cases are 4,96,988. The recovery rate further improved to 63.92 per cent.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state and reported 7,924 new infections, taking its tally to 3,83,723, followed by Tamil Nadu (2,13,723), Delhi (1,31,219) and Karnataka (1,01,465).

The national capital recorded a single-day spike of 613 cases taking the tally beyond 1.3 lakh cases of which 10,994 were active cases as 3,853 people died and 1,16,372 were cured and discharged.

On the global front, The overall number of coronavirus cases has topped 16.4 million, while the deaths have increased to over 652,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 16,407,310, while the fatalities rose to 652,459, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

 

India sees highest 1-day spike of over 49,000 Covid cases in past 24 hours
27-07-2020 10:10

India on Monday registered the highest single-day spike of almost 50,000 (49,931) fresh novel coronavirus cases taking the total tally to over 14.35 lakh cases while with 708 new deaths, total fatalities crossed 32,771, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

According to the latest data, the total number of cases in India reached 14,35,453 of which 32,771 people have died while 9,17,568 people have recovered. The total number of active cases are 4,85,114. The recovery rate further improved to 63.92 per cent.

Being the third-worst hit country, India is now adding a lakh cases in less than three days. Last Monday, the country had crossed the 11 lakh-mark and within seven days it added three lakh more fresh cases. Maharashtra remained the worst hit state after recording a single-day spike of 9,431 cases taking the state's tally to 3,75,799 of which 13,656 people have died of the deadly disease.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu (2,13,723), Delhi (1,30,606), Karnataka (96,141) and Andhra Pradesh (96,298).The national capital recorded a single-day spike of 1,075 cases taking the tally beyond 1.3 lakh cases of which 11,904 were active cases as 3,827 people died and 1,14,875 were cured and discharged.

States and Union Territories which recorded less than 1,000 cases were Andaman and Nicobar Islands (324), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (914), Chandigarh (887), Mizoram (361), Meghalaya (702) and Sikkim (545).

On the global front, the overall number of global Covid-19 cases has topped 16.1 million, while the deaths have increased to over 647,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 16,199,796, while the fatalities rose to 647,910, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world's highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,233,764 and 146,934, respectively, according to the CSSE.

 

With over 49,000 new corona cases India nears 13 lakh-mark
24-07-2020 10:10

India on Friday recorded the highest single day spike of almost 50,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in 24 hours taking the total tally to 12,87,945, with the death toll also crossing 30,000 mark, the Union Health Ministry data revealed.

India recorded 49,310 fresh Covid-19 cases with 740 fresh deaths, the overall toll reached 30,601. But the recovery rate stood at 63.45 per cent with as many as 8,17,209 cured, which is almost twice the number of active patients at 4,40,135.

Being the third-worst hit country, India is now adding a lakh cases every three days. On Monday, the country had crossed the 11 lakh-mark and it is just 13,000 cases less to 13 lakh-mark.

The highest spike in cases was reported from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 3,47,502 cases and 12,854 fatalities, followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,92,964 cases, and 3,232 deaths.

Karnataka, the new hotspot state, crossed 80,000 cases.

With 1,041 new coronavirus cases and 26 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital now has a total tally of 1,27,364 cases and 3,745 deaths.

Gujarat has 52,477 cases, Uttar Pradesh (58,104), Rajasthan (33,220), Madhya Pradesh (25,474), West Bengal (51,757), Haryana (28,975), Andhra Pradesh (72,711), Telangana (50,826), Assam (28,791), Jammu and Kashmir (16,429), Kerala (16,110), Odisha (21,099) and Bihar (31,980).

The total number of global coronavirus cases has topped 15.4 million, while the deaths have increased to over 6,31,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

Worst spike of 45,000 Covid cases hit India in a day; Total goes above 12.38 lakh
23-07-2020 10:20

India on Thursday recorded the highest single day spike of 45,720 fresh Covid-19 cases in 24 hours taking the total tally to 12,38,635, the Union Health Ministry data revealed.

With 1,129 fresh deaths, the overall toll reached 29,861. But the recovery rate stood at 63.18 per cent with as many as 7,82,607 cured, which is almost twice the number of active patients at 4,26,167.

Being the third-worst hit country, India is now adding a lakh cases every three days. On Monday, the country had crossed the 11 lakh mark.

The highest spike in cases was reported from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 3,37,607 cases and 12,556 fatalities, followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,86,492 cases, and 3,144 deaths.

Karnataka, the new hotspot state, crossed 75,000 cases.

With 1,227 new coronavirus cases and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital now has a total tally of 1,26,323 cases and 3,719 deaths.

Gujarat has 51,399 cases, Uttar Pradesh (55,588), Rajasthan (32,334), Madhya Pradesh (24,842), West Bengal (49,321), Haryana (28,186), Andhra Pradesh (64,713), Telangana (49,259), Assam (26,772), Jammu and Kashmir (15,711), Kerala (15,032), Odisha (19,835) and Bihar (30,369).

The total number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 15.1 million mark, while the deaths have increased to over 621,800, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

India nears 12 lakh-mark for COVID cases as recovery rate improves to 63%
22-07-2020 10:10

India on Wednesday reported 37,724 fresh Covid-19 cases in 24 hours with the tally barely 7,000 short of the 12-lakh-mark, as the Union Health Ministry data revealed total coronavirus cases at 11,92,915.

With 648 fresh deaths the toll touched 28,732, and the recovery rate stood at 63.12 per cent with as many as 7,53,050 cured, which is almost twice the number of active patients at 4,11,133.

Being the third-worst hit country, India is now adding a lakh cases evry three days. On Monday, the country had crossed the 11-lakh mark.

The highest spike in cases were reported from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 3,27,031 cases and 12,276 fatalities followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,80,643 cases, and 2,626 deaths. Karnataka, the new hotspot state, crossed 71,000 cases.

With 1,349 new coronavirus cases and 27 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital now has a total tally of 1,25,096 cases and 3,690 deaths.

Gujarat has 50,379 cases, Uttar Pradesh (53,288), Rajasthan (31,373), Madhya Pradesh (24,095), West Bengal (47,030), Haryana (27,462), Andhra Pradesh (58,668), Telangana (47,705), Assam (25,382), Jammu and Kashmir (15,258), Kerala (13,994), Odisha (18,757) and Bihar (28,952).

There are overall above 14.8 million Covid cases in the world now after the virus was first reported in China's Wuhan in December 2019, while the deaths have crossed 615,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

After crossing record 40,000, Covid cases in India dip by 3,000 in 24 hours
21-07-2020 10:10

After an alarming over 40,000 cases in a day, India on Tuesday heaved a sigh of relief as the spike in fresh cases showed a dip of around 3,000 with Health Ministry data showing 37,148 new cases being reported in past 24 hours.

India's Covid tally reached 11,55,191 on Tuesday and with 587 fresh deaths the toll touched 27,497.

As many as 7,24,577 have been cured, which is almost twice the number of active patients at 4,02,529 as the recovery rate stood at 62.7 per cent.

On Monday, the country had crossed the 11-lakh mark, adding over one lakh cases within three days. The highest spike in cases were reported from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

Karnataka, the new hotspot state, crossed 67,000 cases, as Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 3,186,95 cases and 12,030 casualties followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,75,678 cases, and 2,551 deaths.

With 954 new coronavirus cases and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,23,747 cases and 3,663 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Karnataka (67,420), Gujarat (49,353), Uttar Pradesh (51,160), Rajasthan (30,390), Madhya Pradesh (23,310), West Bengal (44,769), Haryana (26,858), Andhra Pradesh (53,724), Telangana (46,274), Assam (25,382), Jammu and Kashmir (14,650), Kerala (13,274), Odisha (18,110) and Bihar (27,646).

India continues to be the third worst-hit country after the US and Brazil, and in the last 24 hours, 3,33,395 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continued to expand.

On the global front, the overall number of COVID-19 cases has increased to over 14.6 million, while the deaths were more than 609,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

With record single day spike of 40,425 cases, India breaches 11 Lakh-mark
20-07-2020 10:30

With the highest single day spike of 40,425 novel Coronavirus cases in past 24 hours India's Covid tally reached 11,19,043, according to Health Ministry data on Monday. With 681 fresh deaths the pandemic toll touched 27,497.

India once again crossed one lakh cases within three days. India crossed 10 lakh Covid-19 cases on July 17, and added another one lakh before July 20. The highest spike in cases were reported from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

Karnataka, the new hotspot state, is nearing 65,000 cases, as Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 3,10,455 cases and 11,854 casualties followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,70,693 cases, and 2,481 deaths.

With 1,22,793 cases and 3,628 fatalities Delhi remained the third worst-hit city in the country.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Karnataka (63,772), Gujarat (48,355), Uttar Pradesh (49,247), Rajasthan (29,434), Madhya Pradesh (22,600), West Bengal (42,487), Haryana (26,164), Andhra Pradesh (49,650), Telangana (45,076), Assam (23,999), Jammu and Kashmir (13,899), Kerala (12,480), Odisha (17,437) and Bihar (26,569).

As many as 7,00,087 have been cured, which is almost twice the number of active patients at 3,90,459.

India continues to be the third worst-hit country after the US and Brazil, and in the last 24 hours, 32,56,059 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continued to expand.

The global COVID-19 figures have increased to over 14.4 million, while there has been 605,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

India records over 34,000 fresh corona cases in a day
18-07-2020 10:20

India recorded a spike of 34,884 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 671 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 10,38,716 cases with a death total of 26,273, the Health Ministry's data stated on Saturday.

India had crossed the one million mark with over 25,000 fatalities on Friday.

According to Health Ministry data, as many as 6,53,751 patients have recovered, almost twice the number of active patients at 3,58,692. The rate of recovery fell slightly to 62.93 per cent. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 3,61,024 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. So far, more than 1,206 labs have enabled people to undergo coronavirus tests.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 2,92,589 cases and 11,452 casualties followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,60,907 cases, including 2,315 deaths.

With 1,462 new coronavirus cases and 26 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,20,107 cases and 3,571 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases included Gujarat (46,430), Uttar Pradesh (45,163), Rajasthan (27,789), Madhya Pradesh (21,081), West Bengal (38,011), Haryana (24,797), Karnataka (55,115), Andhra Pradesh (40,646), Telangana (42,496), Assam (20,646), Jammu and Kashmir (12,757), Kerala (11,066), Odisha (16,110) and Bihar (23,589).

On the global front, the overall number of global Covid-19 cases has surpassed the 14 million mark, while the deaths have topped to more than 6,01,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
 

Covid-19 pushes up sales of cardiac, anti-diabetic drugs in India
17-07-2020 12:30

The changes in the medication needs of the masses due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic seems to be impacting the operation of pharmaceutical companies with those dealing in respiratory, anti-diabetic, cardiac therapies performing much better than others having anti-infective, gastro, vitamin or pain therapies in their portfolio.

The sudden change in preferred therapies by masses has just taken a sharp turn from pre-Covid period when gastric, vitamin therapies were most widely used. Probably the concern that coronavirus impacts adversely chronic heart, lung and diabetics severely had turned people into buying more of medicines for these ailments.

In the month of June, demand for Cardiac drugs registered the strongest growth of 15.9 per cent yoy in terms of value and Anti-Diabetic segment grew at 12.7 per cent yoy due to continued buying during the period of the lockdown.

Similarly, the Neuro segment (+14.6 per cent yoy) saw higher demand but surprisingly value growth for respiratory went down to 4.5 per cent even though Covid-19 is known to impact this critical functioning of the human body.

Segments in acute therapies like anti infective, Gynaec/Vitamins, pain, gastro where the demand for drugs has always remained higher than others, declined year-on-year in June clearly bringing out the shift in drug use by Indians, especially during the time of lockdown.

The first quarter period (April-June) is seasonally a strong quarter for acute therapies and the demand loss is, thus, unlikely to fully recover.

According to a Emkay research report, the changing preference of drugs by people has also had an impact on the Indian pharmaceutical industry with companies having stronger drug brands dealing with respiratory, cardiac and anti-diabetic therapies (in chronic care) registering growth higher than the industry average.

Accordingly, while Dr Reddy's Labs, Alkem having higher drug concentration in acute exposure category underperformed while the Indian Pharmaceutical Market (IPM), Sun Pharma, Torrent Pharma, Lupin, outperformed the market due to their high chronic portfolio.

Cipla, Glenmark outperformed due to strong respiratory demand, while IPCA benefitted from high hydroxychloroquine sales, which has been touted as wonder drug having potential to positively impact severe Covid-19 patients.

The brokerage report said that after falling for two straight months due to Covid-19, Indian pharmaceutical market (IPM) growth recovered (+5.8 per cent yoy) in June, led by Cardiac and Anti-Diabetes segments. Volumes fell 1 per cent yoy (vs. 16/13 per cent fall in April/May) but closer to normal levels of last year. On moving average turnover basis, IPM growth stood at 7 per cent yoy, while volume growth was flat.

"We expect a gradual recovery from Q2 and 6-8 per cent growth for FY21," the report said.

 

India records highest 1-day spike of over 32,000 corona cases
16-07-2020 10:10

India recorded the highest single-day spike of 32,695 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 606 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 9,68,876 cases with a death total of 24,915 the Health Ministry's data stated on Thursday.

According to Health Ministry data, as many as 6,12,814 patients have recovered, almost twice the number of active patients at 3,31,146. The rate of recovery has touched 63.24 per cent. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 3,26,826 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,206 labs have enabled people to undergo coronavirus tests.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 2,75,640 cases and 10,928 casualties followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,51,820 cases, including 2,167 deaths.

With 1,647 new coronavirus cases and 41 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,16,993 cases and 3,487 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases included Gujarat (44,552), Uttar Pradesh (41,383), Rajasthan (26,437), Madhya Pradesh (19,643), West Bengal (34,427), Haryana (23,306), Karnataka (47,253), Andhra Pradesh (35,451), Telangana (39,342), Assam (18,666), and Bihar (20,612).

On the global front, the overall number of global Covid-19 cases has topped 13.5 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 5,83,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

India records highest single-day spike of 29,429 cases; Total crosses 9.36 lakh
15-07-2020 10:10

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 patients have recovered, almost twice the number of active patients at 3,19,840. The rate of recovery has touched 63.02 per cent. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 3,20,161 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,206 labs have enabled people to undergo coronavirus tests.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 2,67,665 cases and 10,695 casualties followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,47,324 cases, including 2,099 deaths.

With 1,606 new coronavirus cases and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,15,346 cases and 3,446 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases included Gujarat (43,637, Uttar Pradesh (39,724), Rajasthan (25,571), Madhya Pradesh (19,005), West Bengal (32,838), Haryana (22,628), Karnataka (44,077), Andhra Pradesh (33,019), Telangana (37,745), Assam (17,807), and Bihar (19,824).

On the global front, the overall number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to more than 13.2 million, while the deaths have soared to over 5,77,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

India's Covid cases cross 9 lakh-mark with over 28,000 new cases
14-07-2020 10:20

India recorded a spike of more than 28,000 cases for the second consecutive day in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 9,06,752 cases with a death total of 23,727, the Health Ministry's data stated on Tuesday.

India crossed nine lakh mark from eight lakh within three days. India had crossed the 8 lakh Covid-19 cases on July 11.

According to data, India witnessed a spike of 28,498 fresh cases taking the total number of cases to 9,06,752 and with 553 deaths in the last 24 hours the total number of fatalities crossed 23,727.

According to Health Ministry data, as many as 5,71,459 patients have recovered, over twice the number of active patients which stand at 3,11,565.

The rate of recovery has touched 63.02 per cent. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 2,86,247 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,194 labs have enabled people to undergo coronavirus tests.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 2,60,924 cases and 10,482 casualties followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,42,798 cases, including 2,032 deaths.

With 1,246 new coronavirus cases and 40 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,13,740 cases and 3,411 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases included Gujarat (42,722), Uttar Pradesh (38,130), Rajasthan (24,936), Madhya Pradesh (18,207), West Bengal (31,448), Haryana (21,894), Karnataka (41,581), Andhra Pradesh (31,103), Telangana (36,221), Assam (16,806), and Bihar (17,959).

On the global front, the overall number of global COVID-19 cases has surpassed the 13 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 572,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

India records 28,701 Covid-19 cases taking total to over 8.78 lakh
13-07-2020 10:10

India recorded its highest single-day spike of 28,701 coronavirus cases and 500 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 8,78,254 cases with a total of 23,174 deaths, the Health Ministry's data stated on Monday.

According to the data, of the total cases, as many as 5,53,470 patients have recovered, over twice the number of active patients which stand at 3,01,609.

The rate of recovery of the Covid-19 patients has touched 62.93 per cent. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 2,19,103 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,194 labs have enabled people to undergo coronavirus tests.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 2,54,427 cases and 10,289 casualties followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,38,470 cases, including 1,966 deaths.

With 1,573 new coronavirus cases and 37 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,12,494 cases, including 3,371 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases included Gujarat (41,820 cases), Uttar Pradesh (36,476), Rajasthan (24,392), Madhya Pradesh (17,632), West Bengal (30,013), Haryana (21,240), Karnataka (38,843), Andhra Pradesh (29,168), Telangana (34,671), Assam (16,071), and Bihar (16,642).

On the global front, the overall number of global Covid-19 cases was nearing 12.9 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 5,68,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

With over 26,000 fresh cases, India inches closer to 8 lakh
10-07-2020 10:10

India recorded the highest single-day spike of over 26,502 new coronavirus cases and 475 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally close to eight lakh with 21,604 deaths, Health Ministrys's data revealed on Friday.

According to the data, out of total 7,93,802 cases, 4,95,513 have recovered while 2,76,685 remain active in the country. With more Covid-19 patients recovering, the gap between the number of recovered cases and active cases has increased by two lakh.

The rate of recovery among the Covid-19 patients continues to increase and has touched 62.42 per cent. India, however, remains to be the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 2,83,659 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,119 labs have enabled people to undergo coronavirus tests.

Maharashtra tops the chart and remains the worst hit state, with cases reaching up to 2,30,599 and 9,667 casualties so far, of which 417 occurred in the last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu remained the second worst hit with a total of 1,26,581 cases, including 1,765 deaths.

With 2,187 new coronavirus cases and 45 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital on Thursday recorded a total tally of 1,07,051 cases and 3,258 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 39,194 cases and 2,008 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (32,362), Rajasthan (22,563), Madhya Pradesh (16,341), West Bengal (25,911), Haryana (19,369), Karnataka (31,105), Andhra Pradesh (23,814), Telangana (30,946), Assam (14,032) and Bihar (13,944) cases.

On the global front, the overall number of global Covid-19 cases has surged to over 12.2 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 5,54,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

Nearly 25,000 cases in 1-day takes India's corona tally to near 7.70 lakh
09-07-2020 10:20

India recorded the highest single-day spike of over 24,879 new coronavirus cases and 487 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 7,67,296 with 21,129 deaths, Health Ministry's data revealed on Thursday.

According to the data, out of total 7,67,296 cases, 4,76,377 have recovered while 2,69,789 remain active in the country. With more COVID-19 patients recovering, the gap between the number of recovered cases and active cases has increased by two lakh.

The rate of recovery among the COVID-19 patients continues to increase and has touched 61.53 per cent. India, however, remains to be the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 2,67,061 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,119 labs have enabled people to undergo coronavirus tests.

Maharashtra tops the chart and remains the worst hit state, with cases reaching up to 2,23,724 and 9,250 casualties so far, of which 198 occurred in the last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu remained the second worst hit with a total of 1,22,350 cases, including 1,700 deaths.

With 2,033 new coronavirus cases and 48 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,04,864 and 3,213 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 38,333 cases and 1,993 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (31,156), Rajasthan (22,063), Madhya Pradesh (16,036), West Bengal (24,823), Haryana (18,690), Karnataka (28,877), Andhra Pradesh (22,259), Telangana (29,536) and Bihar (13,189) cases.

On the global front, the overall number of global COVID-19 cases has surpassed the 12 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 548,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

India records 7.42 lakh coronavirus cases, 4.56 lakh recovered, 2.65 active cases
08-07-2020 10:10

India recorded over 22,752 new cases and 482 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 7,42,417 with 20,642 deaths, Health Ministry's data revealed on Wednesday.

According to the data, out of total 7,42,417 cases, 4,56,830 have recovered while 2,64,944 remain active in the country. India is the third worst affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 2,62,679 samples have been tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,115 labs have enabled people to undergo corona tests.

On Tuesday, the central government cited a World Health Organisation (WHO) situation report and claimed the country had one of the lowest coronavirus deaths and cases per million population. The recovery rate has surpassed 61 per cent, it added.

With a spike of more than 5,134 cases in just one day, Maharashtra remains the worst hit state with cases reaching up to 2,11,987 and 9,250 casualties so far, of which 224 occurred in the last 24 hours.

Tamil Nadu remained the second worst hit with a total of 1,18,594 cases, including 1,636 deaths.

With 2,008 new coronavirus cases and 50 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,02,831 and 3,165 deaths. The recovered patients in the city are almost three times that of the active coronavirus cases.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 37,550 cases and 1,977 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (29,968), Rajasthan (21,404), Madhya Pradesh (15,627), West Bengal (23,837), Haryana (17,999), Karnataka (26,815), Andhra Pradesh (21,197), Telangana (27,612) and Bihar (12,570) cases.

On the global front, the overall number of cases have increased to more than 11.7 million, while the deaths have soared to over 5,43,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

As India crosses 7 lakh corona cases, over 4 lakh recover
07-07-2020 10:30

India so far has tested over a crore cases as it crossed 7 lakh mark with over 22,252 new cases, Health Ministry data revealed on Tuesday. Fresh 467 deaths pushed its toll to 20,160 as the recovery rate went past 60 per cent.

According to the Ministry data, out of 7,19,665 cases so far 4,39,947 have recovered while 2,59,557 remain active as India now is the third worst affected country after the US and Brazil. Its recovery rate is 60.86 per cent.

During the last 24 hours, 2,41,430 samples have been tested, as the testing lab network in the continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,105 labs have enabled people to undergo corona tests.

With a spike of more than 5,368 cases in just one day, Maharashtra remains the worst hit state with cases reaching up to 2,11,987 and 9,026 casualties so far, of which 204 occurred in the last 24 hours.

Tamil Nadu remained the second worst hit with a total of 1,14,978 cases, including 1,571 deaths.

With 1,379 fresh coronavirus cases and 48 deaths, the national capital surpassed the grim one lakh mark and mounted to 1,00,823 to remain the third worst hit.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 36,772 cases and 1,960 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (28,636), Rajasthan (20,688), Madhya Pradesh (15285), West Bengal (22,987), Haryana (17,504), Karnataka (25,317), Andhra Pradesh (20,019), Telangana (25,733) and Bihar (12,125) cases.

On Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 11,590,195 globally, while the fatalities rose to 537,429, the University's Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

 

With nearly 7 lakh cases, India surpasses Russia to become the country with third-highest coronavirus infections
06-07-2020 10:10

India on Monday recorded over 24,248 new cases and 425 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 6,97,413 with 19,693 deaths as it surpasses Russia to become the country with third-highest coronavirus cases.

According to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 4,24,432 people have recovered from the deadly disease and have been discharged from the hospital, while 2,53,287 are active cases.

The testing lab network in the country continues to expand. There are 786 government and 314 private labs. There has also been a steady rise in the samples tested every day. During the last 24 hours 1,80,596 samples have been tested.

With a spike of more than 6,555 cases in just one day, Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with cases reaching upto 2,06,619 and 8,822 casualties so far of which 151 occurred in the last 24 hours.

Followed by Maharashtra, the southern state of Tamil Nadu remained the second worst hit state in India with a total of 1,11,151 cases including 1,510 deaths.

The national capital witnessed a spike of 2,244 cases taking the tally to 99,444 and securing the third spot on the list of the worst hit states in the country. Delhi has 25,038 active cases; 3,067 deaths and 71,339 people have recovered.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 36,037 cases and 1,943 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (27,077), Rajasthan (20,164), Madhya Pradesh (14,930), West Bengal (22,126), Haryana (17,005), Karnataka (23,474), Andhra Pradesh (18,697), Telangana (23,902) and Bihar (11,876) cases.

On the global front, the overall number of global COVID-19 cases have increased to more than 11.4 million, while the deaths have soared to over 5,33,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US accounted for the world's highest number of infections and fatalities with 28,80,130 and 1,29,906, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in the second place with 16,03,055 infections and 64,867 deaths, followed by India.

 

India records highest 1-day spike of over 22,000 corona cases
04-07-2020 11:10

India on Saturday recorded the highest single-day spike of 22,771 cases, pushing the total tally to 6,48,315, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The country recorded a spike of 20,903 cases yesterday.

The death count rose to 18,655, with 442 people succumbing to the deadly virus in 24 hours. A total of 3,94,226 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 60.73 per cent among the COVID-19 patients.

With a spike of 6,364 cases, Maharashtra remained the worst pandemic hit state in the country. The state has a total of 1,92,990 cases, including 8,376 deaths.

Tamil Nadu is on the second spot with 1,02,721 confirmed cases, of which, 1,385 people have died, 58,378 recovered and 42,958 are active.

Delhi with a total of 94,695 cases, including 2,923 deaths and 65,624 recoveries is on the third spot.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 34,600 cases and 1,904 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (25,797), Rajasthan (19,052), Madhya Pradesh (14,297), West Bengal (20,488), Haryana (16,003), Karnataka (19,710), Andhra Pradesh (16,934), Telangana (20,462) and Bihar (10,954) cases.

 

Worst 1-day spike of 20,903 takes India's corona tally to 6.25 lakh
03-07-2020 11:10

India on Friday recorded the highest single-day spike of 20,903 cases, pushing the total tally to 6,25,544, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

The death count rose to 18,213. A total of 3,79,891 people has recovered and discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 60.72 per cent among the COVID-19 patients.

With a spike of 6,328 cases, Maharashtra remained the worst pandemic hit state in the country. The state has a total of 1,86,626 cases, including 8,178 deaths.

Tamil Nadu is on the second spot with 98,392 confirmed cases, of which, 1,321 people have died, 56,021 recovered and 41,050 are active.

Delhi with a total of 92,175 cases, including 2,864 deaths and 63,007 recoveries is on the third spot.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 33,913 cases and 1,886 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (24,825), Rajasthan (18,662), Madhya Pradesh (14,106), West Bengal (19,819), Haryana (15,509), Karnataka (18,016), Andhra Pradesh (16,097), Telangana (18,570) and Bihar (10,471) cases.

 

India now has over 6 lakh corona cases, Recovery rate near 60%
02-07-2020 10:20

India on Thursday crossed the six lakh mark in the coronavirus cases with the highest spike of 19,148 positive cases and 434 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

A total of 3,59,859 people has recovered and discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 59.51 per cent among the COVID-19 patients.

According to the Health Ministry data, the COVID-19 death toll has reached 17,834 in the country as the total cases mount to 6,04,641.

With a spike of 5,537 cases, Maharashtra remained the worst pandemic hit state in the country. The state has a total of 1,80,298 cases, including 8,053 deaths.

Tamil Nadu is on the second spot with 94,049 confirmed cases, of which, 1,264 people have died, 52,926 recovered and 39,859 are active.

Delhi with a total of 89,802 cases, including 2,803 deaths and 59,992 recoveries is on the third spot.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 33,232 cases and 1,867 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (24,056), Rajasthan (18,312), Madhya Pradesh (13,861), West Bengal (19,170), Haryana (14,941), Karnataka (16,514), Andhra Pradesh (15,252), Telangana (17,357) and Bihar (10,249) cases.

The number of diagnostic labs is continuously increasing. India now has 1,049 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19. These include 761 labs in the government sector and 288 private labs.

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to over 10.6 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 5,15,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases increased to 10,667,217, while the fatalities stood at 5,15,542, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

 

India records 5.85 lakh corona cases with 3.48 lakh recoveries
01-07-2020 10:10

India recorded a spike of 18,653 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 5,85,493, with the number of fatalities mounting to 17,400, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday.

A total of 3,47,978 people have recovered and discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 59.07 per cent among the COVID-19 patients.

According to the Health Ministry data, 507 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 17,400.

With a spike of 4,878 cases, Maharashtra remained the worst hit state in the country. The state has a total of 1,74,761 cases, including 7,855 deaths.

Tamil Nadu is on the second spot with 90,167 confirmed cases, of which, 1,201 people have died, 50,074 have recovered and 38,892 are active.

Delhi with a total of 87,360 cases, including 2,742 deaths and 58,348 recoveries.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 32,557 cases and 1,846 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (23,492), Rajasthan (18,014), Madhya Pradesh (13,593), West Bengal (18,559), Haryana (14,548), Karnataka (15,242), Andhra Pradesh (14,595) and Telangana (16,339) cases.

The number of diagnostic labs is continuously increasing. India now has 1,049 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19. These include 761 labs in the government sector and 288 private labs.

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to over 10.4 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 509,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases globally increased to 10,434,835, while the fatalities stood at to 509,779, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

 

CDC Adds 3 New Coronavirus Symptoms in Its List
30-06-2020 15:30

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added three new symptoms for corona virus (COVID-19) infection in its list. The new symptoms are congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhoea.

According to CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

CDS says, people with below symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea


"This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19," it added.

 

India records over 18,000 Covid cases in a day, Recovery Rate over 59%
30-06-2020 10:10

India recorded a spike of 18,522 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 5,66,840, with the number of fatalities inching closer to 17,000-mark, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday.

Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu constitute more than 60 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases in the country.

Maharashtra has 1,69,883 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (86,224) and Delhi (85,161) cases totalling 3,41,268 cases out of 5,66,840.

A total of 3,34,822 people have recovered and discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 59.06 per cent among the COVID-19 patients.

According to the Health Ministry data, 418 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 16,893.

With a spike of 5,257 cases, Maharashtra remained the worst hit state in the country. The state has a total of 1,69,883 cases, including 7,610 deaths.

Tamil Nadu is at the second spot with 86,224 confirmed cases, of which, 1,141 people have died, 47,749 have recovered and 37,334 are active.

Delhi with a total of 85,161 cases, including 2,680 deaths and 56,235 recoveries.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 31,938 cases and 1,827 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (22,828), Rajasthan (17,660), Madhya Pradesh (13,370), West Bengal (17,907), Haryana (14,210), Karnataka (14,295), Andhra Pradesh (13,891) and Telangana (15,394) cases.

India now has 1,036 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19. This includes 749 in the government sector and 287 private labs. More than 1,50,000 samples are being tested everyday. The number of samples tested in the last 24 hours has increased to 2,10,292.

Meanwhile, the global death toll due to COVID-19 crossed 5-lakh mark, as the total number of cases crossed the 10-million mark, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, the total number of cases increased to 10,199,798, while the fatalities increased to 502,947, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

 

Living with COVID-19 to be new normal as global cases top 10 million: WHO
30-06-2020 07:10

The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that all countries living with COVID-19 will be the new normal in the coming months, as the pandemic had already infected more than 10 million people worldwide, including more than 500,000 deaths.

"The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. That is the new normal," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a daily press briefing on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

He added that although many countries have made some progress against the COVID-19, the pandemic is speeding up globally.

According to the latest WHO numbers, as of 2 a.m. IST on Monday, the total infected population worldwide had reached 10,199,798, including 502,947 deaths.

"Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world -- and our lives -- would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus," the WHO chief said.

"The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity," he continued. "All over the world, we have seen heartwarming acts of resilience, inventiveness, solidarity, and kindness. But we have also seen concerning signs of stigma, misinformation and the politicization of the pandemic."

He urged all countries to prioritize five sets of measures to save lives, including empowering communities and individuals to protect themselves and others, suppressing virus transmission, saving lives with oxygen and dexamethasone for instance, accelerating research on COVID-19, and strengthening political leadership and solidarity.

Tedros also announced an updated and detailed timeline of the WHO's response to the pandemic for the public to understand how the UN health body has been responding to the outbreak.

 

India records 19,459 new corona cases, Total nears 5.50 lakh
29-06-2020 10:10

India on Monday witnessed a spike of 19,459 cases in last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 5,48,318, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The country continued to be the fourth worst hit among 213 countries, with 2,10,120 active cases and 16,475 deaths. A total of 3,21,722 people has recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 58.56 per cent among the COVID-19 patients.

According to the Health Ministry data, 380 deaths were recorded in a day taking the COVID-19 death toll to 16,475.

With a spike of 5,493 cases, Maharashtra remained the worst hit state in the country. The state has a total of 1,64,626 cases, including 7,429 deaths.

The national capital is the second worst hit state with a total of 83,077 COVID-19 cases, including 2,623 deaths and 52,607 recoveries. Delhi is followed by Tamil Nadu with 82,275 confirmed cases, of which, 1,079 have died, 45,537 have recovered and 35,659 are active cases.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 31,320 cases and 1,808 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (22,147), Rajasthan (17,271), Madhya Pradesh (13,186), West Bengal (17,283), Haryana (13,829), Karnataka, (13,190), Andhra Pradesh (13,241) and Telangana (14,419) cases.

India now has 1,036 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19. This includes 749 in the government sector and 287 private labs. Daily more than 1,50,000 samples are being tested. The samples tested in the last 24 hours have further increased to 1,70,560.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 10.1 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 500,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases increased to 10,115,912, while the fatalities stood at to 5,01,233, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

 

With over 17,000 fresh COVID cases, India just short of 5 lakh mark
26-06-2020 10:10

India witnessed its highest spike of Covid cases adding over 17,000 patients in just 24 hours taking the tally barely 9,500 short of the grim 5 lakh mark. Over 65 per cent of these were from Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry data revealed on Friday.

A total of 17,296 new cases took the tally up to 4,90,401 as India continued to be the fourth worst hit among 213 countries. It is now less than 2 lakh cases away from Russia, which is in the third spot behind the US and Brazil, respectively.

According to the Health Ministry data, 407 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 15,301 in the country.

Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu continues at the top of the national chart. There are currently 1,89,463 active cases and 2,85,636 recoveries. The recovery rate continues to be robust at 58.24 per cent.

Maharashtra so far has reported 1,47,741 cases, including 6,931 deaths. It recorded a spike of 4,841 fresh cases with 192 deaths in last 24 hours.

Delhi has 73,780 cases and 2,429 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu with 70,977 cases with 911 deaths. Delhi witnessed the surge of 3,000 cases with 64 deaths and Tamil Nadu recorded 3,509 cases with 45 fatalities in last 24 hours.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 29,520 cases and 1,753 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (20,193), Rajasthan (16,296), Madhya Pradesh (12,596), West Bengal (15,648), Haryana (12,463), Karnataka, (10,560), Andhra Pradesh (10,884) and Telangana (11,364) cases.

India conducted 2,15,446 Covid-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The number of government labs has been increased to 726 and private labs have increased to 266, a total of 992.

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has topped 9.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 488,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

India records worst spike of 17,000 Covid cases; Total reaches 4.73 lakh
25-06-2020 10:10

India witnessed highest spike of almost 17,000 fresh Covid cases, with Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu contributing more than 62 per cent of it in the past 24 hours taking the total in the country to 4.73 lakh, data from the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry revealed on Thursday.

A total of 16,922 new cases egged the tally to 4,73,105 so far as India continued to be the fourth worst hit country by the pandemic. According to the Health Ministry data, in the last 24 hours 418 new deaths were reported taking the total tally of fatalities to 14,894 in the country.

Over 1,000 cases more were recorded in 24 hours than what we saw on Wednesday, when 15,968 new COVID-19 cases were reported.

Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu continued at the top contributing almost 62 per cent of the total spike of the Covid-19 cases.

There are currently 1,86,514 active and 2,71,696 recoveries. The number of patients recovering from COVID-19 continues to rise. The recovery rate has further improved to almost 57.42 per cent.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases at 1,42,900, including 6,739 deaths. It recorded a spike of 3,890 fresh cases with 208 deaths in last 24 hours.

Delhi has 70,390 cases and 2,365 deaths followed by Tamil Nadu with 67,468 cases with 866 deaths. Delhi witnessed the surge of 3,788 cases with 64 deaths and Tamil Nadu recorded 2,865 cases with 33 fatalities in last 24 hours.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 28,943 cases and 1,735 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (19,557), Rajasthan (16,009), Madhya Pradesh (12,448), West Bengal (15,173), Haryana (12,010), Karnataka, (10,118), Andhra Pradesh (10,331) and Telangana (10,444) cases.

India conducted 2,07,871 Covid-19 tests on people in the last 24 hours. The number of government labs has been increased to 726 and private labs have increased to 266, summing up to a total of 992.

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has topped 9.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 482,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

Worst spike of nearly 16,000 Covid cases in India, as Delhi overtakes Tamil Nadu
24-06-2020 10:10

India witnessed a spike of almost 16,000 fresh cases of the novel Coronavirus in the past 24 hours taking the total in the country to 4.5 lakh with 465 new deaths, data from the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry revealed on Wednesday.

India recorded the highest single-day spike of 15,968 new cases, as the total reached 4,56,183 so far. A spike of over 1,000 cases from Tuesday, when 14,933 new COVID-19 cases were reported.

According to the Health Ministry data, 14,476 people have died of Covid in the country.

A total of 1,35,663 more people have recovered than the number of active cases. There are currently 1,83,022 active and 2,58,685 recoveries. The number of patients recovering from COVID-19 continues to rise.

The recovery rate has further improved to almost 56.38 per cent amongst the COVID-19 patients.

The number of government labs has been increased to 726 and private labs have increased to 266, summing up to a total of 992.

India conducted 21,51,95 Covid-19 tests on people in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases at 1,39,010, including 6,531 deaths.

Delhi took over Tamil Nadu to become the state with the second highest cases.

The national capital has 66,602 cases and 2,301 deaths followed by Tamil Nadu with 64,603 cases with 833 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 28,371 cases and 1,710 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (18,893), Rajasthan (15,627), Madhya Pradesh (12,261), West Bengal (14,728) and Haryana (11,520).

 

Nearly 15,000 new Covid cases in India, total cross 4.40 lakh with 2.48 lakh recoveries
23-06-2020 10:10

India witnessed a spike of almost 15,000 fresh cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours taking the total tally in the country to 4.4 lakh with 312 new fatalities, data from Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry revealed on Tuesday.

India recorded 14,933 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 4,40,215.

On Sunday, India had recorded a spike of 15,413 Covid-19 cases.

According to Health Ministry data, 312 more people succumbed to the deadly disease taking the total tally of deaths to 14,011.

Out of the total number of confirmed cases, 1,78,014 are currently active and 2,48,189 have recovered. The number of patients recovering from COVID-19 continues to rise. The recovery rate has further improved to almost 56.37 per cent amongst COVID-19 patients. The number of government labs for testing samples has increased to 722 and private labs to 259. India conducted Covid-19 tests on 1,87,223 people in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases at 1,35,796, including 6,283 deaths.

Delhi took over Tamil Nadu to become the state with second highest cases. The national capital has 62,655 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 62,087 cases.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 27,825 cases and 1,684 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (18,322), Rajasthan (15,232), Madhya Pradesh (12,078), West Bengal (14,358) and Haryana (11,025).

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has crossed the 9 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 471,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

By Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 9,073,386, while the fatalities increased to 471,591, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 2,310,786 cases and 120,393 deaths, the US continues with the world's highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities, according to the CSSE.

Brazil comes in the second place with 1,106,470 infections and 51,271 deaths. In terms of cases, Russia ranks third (591,465), and was followed by India (425,282), the UK (306,761), Peru (257,447), Chile (246,963), Spain (246,504), Italy (238,720), Iran (207,525), France (197,381), Germany (191,768), Turkey (188,897), Mexico (185,122), Pakistan (181,088), Saudi Arabia (161,005), Bangladesh (115,786), Canada (103,418) and South Africa (101,590), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (42,731), Italy (34,657), France (29,666), Spain (28,324), Mexico (22,584) and India (13,699).

 

India's Covid tally crosses 4.25 lakh; Over 2.37 Lakh Recovered
22-06-2020 10:20

India on Monday recorded 14,821 new COVID-19 cases and 445 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 4,252,82.

Out of the total number of confirmed cases, 1,743,87 are currently active, and 2,371,95 have recovered. 13,699 people have succumbed to the deadly disease.

The country had on Sunday witnessed record 15,413 new cases compared with 14,516 a day earlier.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases crossing the one lakh mark -- 1,320,75 cases, including 6,170 deaths.

Delhi took over Tamil Nadu to become the state with second highest cases. The national capital has 59,746 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 59,377.

Tamilnadu has, however, more active cases at 25,866 than Delhi, which has 24,558 cases.

States with more than 10,000 cases include, Gujarat with 27,260 cases and 1,663A deaths, Uttar Pradesh (17,731), Rajasthan (14,930), Madhya Pradesh (11,903) and West Bengal (13,945).

The total number of global COVID-19 cases was nearing 9 million, while the deaths have increased to over 467,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

Record 14,516 corona cases take India's tally close to 4 lakh
20-06-2020 10:40

India on Saturday witnessed its worst-ever spike of COVID-19 cases as it registered 14,516 positive cases, the highest ever, in the last 24 hours. With this the total corona tally in India reached 3,95,048, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data revealed.

There is a steady rise in cases for the last nine days, when India crossed over 10,000 cases each day.

With 375 deaths in the last 24 hours, a total of 12,948 people have succumbed to the deadly disease since the first case was reported on January 30, the Health Ministry data said.

For the 11th consecutive day, the number of recoveries -- 2,13,830 -- remained higher than the active ones -- 168,269. More than half of the patients who contracted the disease have recovered so far.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases crossing the the one lakh mark -- 124,331 cases, including 5,893 deaths.

Maharashtra alone reported 3,827 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 142 fatalities due to pandemic.

Tamil Nadu, which is second most affected state witnessed a spike of 2,115 cases taking the total tally to 54,449.

The national capital recorded 53,116 total corona cases. Delhi witnessed a record growth of 3,137 cases in the last 24 hours and a total of 2,035 deaths.

The states with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 26,141 cases and 1,618 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (15,785), Rajasthan (14,156), Madhya Pradesh (11,582) and West Bengal (13,090).

Meanwhile, the total number of global COVID-19 cases have surged to over 8.6 million, while the deaths were nearing 4,60,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

By Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 86,39,023, while the fatalities increased to 4,59,437, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 22,19,976 cases and 1,19,099 deaths, the US continues with the world's highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities, according to the CSSE.

Brazil comes in the second place with 1,032,913 infections and 48,954 deaths.

 

Worst-ever day's spike of 13,500, India COVID tally nears 4 lakh
19-06-2020 10:50

India on Friday witnessed its worst ever rise in Covid cases as it registered 13,586 positive cases in 24 hours. Maharashtra and Delhi contributed almost half of these numbers. The total corona tally in India touched 3,80,532 cases, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data has revealed.

This is a steady rise of spike in cases for last eight days, when India crossed over 10,000 cases each day.

With 336 deaths in the last 24 hours, a total of 12,573 people have succumbed to the deadly disease since the first case was reported on January 30, the Health Ministry data said.

For the 10th consecutive day, the number of recoveries (204,710) remained higher than the active ones (163,248). More than half of the patients who contracted the disease have recovered so far.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases crossing the one lakh mark -- 1,20,504 cases, including 5,751 deaths. Maharashtra alone reported 3,752 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 100 fatalities due to pandemic.

Tamil Nadu and Delhi both witnessed spike of more than 2,000 cases. Tamil Nadu, which is second most affected state witnessed a spike of 2,141 cases taking the total tally to 52,334 cases.

The national capital recorded 49,979 total corona cases. Delhi witnessed a record growth of 2,877 cases in the last 24 hours and a total of 1,969 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 25,601 cases and 1,591 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (15,181), Rajasthan (13,857), Madhya Pradesh (11,426) and West Bengal (12,735).

 

Record 1-day spike of near 13,000 cases, India's COVID19 tally over 3.66 lakh
18-06-2020 10:30

India on Thursday witnessed yet another single-day highest spike of almost 13,000 COVID-19 cases taking the total tally to 3.66 lakh, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data has revealed.

According to the ministry, 12,881 fresh cases were recorded in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 3,66,946 cases -- the seventh consecutive day showing an increase of over 10,000 cases.

With 334 deaths in the last 24 hours, a total of 12,237 people have succumbed to the deadly disease since the first case was reported on January 30, the Health Ministry data said.

For the 10th consecutive day, the number of recoveries (194,324) remained higher than the active ones (160,384). The recovery rate of India has also crossed the 50 per cent mark.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases crossing the one lakh mark -- 1,16,752 cases, including 5,651 deaths.

Maharashtra alone reported 3,307 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 114 fatalities due to pandemic.

Tamil Nadu surpassed 50,000 cases with a spike of 2,174 cases taking total tally to 50,193 cases and the national capital recorded 47,102 corona cases. Delhi witnessed a growth of 2,414 cases in the last 24 hours with a total of 1,904 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 25,093 cases and 1,560 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (14,598), Rajasthan (13,542), Madhya Pradesh (11,244) and West Bengal (12,300).

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has topped to over 8.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 448,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 8,329,221, while the fatalities increased to 448,474, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 2,162,851 cases and 117,713 deaths, the US continues with the world's highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities, according to the CSSE.

In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 955,377 infections.

This was followed by Russia (552,549), India (354,065), the UK (300,717), Spain (244,683), Peru (240,908), Italy (237,828), Chile (220,628), Iran (195,051), France (194,805), Germany (188,604), Turkey (182,727), Mexico (159,793), Pakistan (154,760), Saudi Arabia (141,234) and Canada (101,491), the CSSE figures showed.

With 46,510 COVID-19 deaths, Brazil accounts for the second highest number of fatalities in the world.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (42,238), Italy (34,448), France (29,578), Spain (27,136), Mexico (19,080) and India (11,903).

 

India sees highest corona deaths of 2,003 in a day as total cases cross 3.54 lakh
17-06-2020 10:10

India witnessed the highest number of fatalities due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in last 24 hours, with 2,003 people losing their lives to the pandemic and registered a spike of almost 11,000 cases taking the total tally to 3.54 lakh, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data revealed on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, at least 10,974 fresh cases were recorded in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 3,54,065 cases -- the sixth consecutive day showing an increase of over 10,000 cases.

A total of 11,903 people have succumbed to the deadly disease since the first case was reported on January 30, the Health Ministry data said.

For the ninth consecutive day, the number of recoveries (1,86,934) remained higher than the active ones (1,55,226). The recovery rate of India has also crossed the 50 per cent mark.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases crossing the one lakh mark -- 1,13,445 cases, including 5,537 deaths.

Maharashtra alone reported 1,409 deaths in last 24 hours with 2701 fresh cases of Covid-19.

Tamil Nadu with 48,019 cases and the national capital with 44,688 Covid-19 cases followed Maharashtra's lead. Delhi witnessed a growth of 1,859 cases in the last 24 hours with a total of 1,837 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 24,576 cases and 1,533 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (14,091), Rajasthan (13,216), Madhya Pradesh (11,083) and West Bengal (11,909).

The global number of COVID-19 cases has increased to over 8.1 million mark, while the death toll surged to over 4,41,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 81,55,266, while the fatalities increased to 4,41,505, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 21,37,707 cases and 1,16,962 deaths, the US continues with the world's highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities, according to the CSSE.

In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 923,189 infections.

This was followed by Russia (5,44,725), India (3,43,091), the UK (2,99,600), Spain (2,44,328), Italy (2,37,500), Peru (2,37,156), France (1,94,347), Iran (1,92,439), Germany (1,88,252), Turkey (1,81,298), Chile (1,84,449), Mexico (1,54,863), Pakistan (1,48,921), Saudi Arabia (1,36,315) and Canada (1,01,085), the CSSE figures showed.

With 45,241 COVID-19 deaths, Brazil accounts for the second highest number of fatalities in the world.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (42,054), Italy (34,405), France (29,550), Spain (27,136) and Mexico (18,310).

 

10,600 New Cases Take India's Corona Tally to 3.43 lakh; Recovery Rate Crosses 50%
16-06-2020 10:10

India witnessed a spike of 10,667 COVID-19 cases, with 380 deaths, thereby taking the total tally to 3,43,091, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data revealed on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, at least 10,667 fresh cases were recorded in the last 24 hours -- the fifth consecutive day showing an increase of over 10,000 cases.

A total of 9,900 people have succumbed to the deadly disease since the first case was reported on January 30, the Health Ministry data said.

For the eight consecutive day, the number of recoveries (180,012) remained higher than the active ones (153,178). The recovery rate of India has also crossed the 50 per cent mark.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases crossing the one lakh mark -- 1,10,744 cases, including 4,128 deaths. Maharashtra witnessed a spike of 2,786 cases in the last 24 hours with 178 fatalities.

Tamil Nadu with 46,504 cases and the national capital with 42,829 Covid-19 cases followed Maharashtra's lead. Delhi witnessed a growth of 1,647 cases in the last 24 hours with a total of 1,400 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 24,055 cases and 1,505 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (13,615), Rajasthan (12,981), Madhya Pradesh (10,935) and West Bengal (11,494).

Meanwhile, the overall number of global COVID-19 cases has topped the 8 million mark, while the death toll surged to over 436,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 8,015,053, while the fatalities increased to 436,322, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 2,113,372 cases and 116,135 deaths, the US continues with the world's highest number of infections and fatalities, according to the CSSE.

In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 888,271 infections.

This was followed by Russia (536,484), India (332,424), the UK (298,315), Spain (244,109), Italy (237,290), Peru (232,992), France (194,305), Iran (189,876), Germany (187,682), Turkey (179,831), Chile (179,436), Mexico (150,264), Pakistan (144,478), Saudi Arabia (132,048) and Canada (100,763), the CSSE figures showed.

With 43,959 COVID-19 deaths, Brazil accounts for the second highest number of fatalities in the world.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (41,821), Italy (34,371), France (29,439), Spain (27,136) and Mexico (17,580).

 

11,500 new cases take India's corona tally to 3.30 lakh with nearly 1.70 lakh recoveries
15-06-2020 10:10

India on Monday witnessed a spike of over 11,000 cases second day in a row with 325 deaths taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,32,424, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data revealed.

According to the ministry, at least 11,502 fresh cases were recorded in the last 24 hours -- the fourth consecutive day showing an increase of over 10,000 cases.

A total of 325 people died during the same time taking the toll to 9,520 so far since the first case was reported on January 30, the Health Ministry data said.

For the seventh consecutive day, the number of recoveries (1,69,797) remained higher than the active ones (1,53,106).

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases crossing the one lakh mark -- 1,07,958 cases, including 3,950 deaths. Maharashtra witnessed a spike of 3,390 cases in last 24 hours with 120 fatalities.

It is followed by Tamil Nadu with 44,661 cases and the national capital with 41,182 Covid-19 cases.

Delhi witnessed a growth of 2,224 cases in last 24 hours with 56 deaths taking the total number of fatalities in the national capital to 1,327.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 23,544 cases and 1,477 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (13,615), Rajasthan (12,694), Madhya Pradesh (10,802) and West Bengal (11,087).

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases was nearing 7.9 million, while the death toll has surged to over 4,32,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 78,93,700, while the fatalities stood at 4,32,922, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 20,93,508 cases and 1,15,732 deaths, the US continues with the world's highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities, according to the CSSE.

 

With spike of 10,000 cases India is 4th worst-hit country, surpasses UK
12-06-2020 10:50

India on Friday became the fourth worst-affected country due to the pandemic as it added around 10,000 cases for the fourth consecutive day and surpassed the UK's tally to record 2,97,535 Covid-19 cases so far.

With a record highest single day spike of 10,956 cases, according to data released by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India tipped UK which has 2,92,860 cases.

A total of 396 people died in the last 24 hours taking the total toll to 8,498, the Health Ministry data said.

For the fourth consecutive day, the number of recoveries (1,47,194) remained higher than the active ones (1,41,842).

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total inching close to the one lakh-mark with 97,148 cases, including 3,590 deaths and 46,078 recoveries.

It is followed by Tamil Nadu (38,716) and the national capital with 34,687 Covid-19 cases.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 22,032 cases and 1,385 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (12,088), Rajasthan (11,838), Madhya Pradesh (10,241).

In a little over a week, seven states have shown renewed surge as the lockdown was further eased -- Maharashtra (sindle day spike has doubled), Delhi (added over 1,800 new cases), Tamil Nadu, Haryana (three-fold), West Bengal , Jammu and Kashmir (nearly doubled) and Uttar Pradesh. India is now just over 2,000 cases less than the 3-lakh mark.

 

97-year-old's recovery from corona brings cheer in Taj city Agra
12-06-2020 09:40

Nine new cases of COVID-19 took Agra's tally to 1,008 on Friday. But it was the recovery of a nonagenarian that has brought cheer to all in the city.

The 97-year-old patient is a former engineer and resident of the Gandhi Nagar colony, His recovery from the coronavirus not only brought cheer, but also raised hopes among the medical fraternity, who have been offering round the clock services in the government Covid-19 hospitals.

With two more deaths on Thursday, the total death count in Agra stands at 56. District magistrate P.N. Singh said 840 patients had recovered and 112 were under treatment.

So far 15,940 samples have been taken in the district. Agra now has 43 urban and 23 rural containment zones.

Mathura reported an alarming 38 positive cases on Thursday. Most are said to be migrant workers who returned home from other states.

Etah added seven, Mainpuri and Firozabad 10 each.

The state government has now permitted private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients, following the required tariff and protocols. Three local hospitals have already been giving their services.

The Rajasthan border with Agra remains sealed, while people coming from Noida and Delhi are being thoroughly screened at the Yamuna Expressway toll, district officials said.

 

India reports nearly 10,000 fresh cases, Over 1.41 lakh recoveries
11-06-2020 11:20

Five months since the first case was reported in India, 9,996 Covid cases were reported in a day, as deaths due to the Coronavirus crossed the 8,000-mark with 357 succumbing to the pandemic within 24-hours, the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed.

For the second consecutive day, the number of recoveries (1,41,028) remained higher than the active ones (1,37,448) as 2,243 persons were cured and discharged during the day, even as the total Covid toll in the country reached 8,102, more than 70 per cent due to comorbidities.

With a whooping total of 2,86,579 cases, India remained the fifth worst-hit nation as the US topped the chart with 20,00,464 cases. Brazil is second (7,72,416), then Russia (4,93,023) and United Kingdom (2,91,588).

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state in the country with total inching close to 95,000 mark with 94,041 total cases including 3,438 deaths and 44,517 recoveries. It is followed by Tamil Nadu (36,841) and the national capital on the third number.

Delhi has a total of 32,810 cases, including 984 deaths and 12,245 recoveries. Both Mumbai and Delhi witnessed a spike of more than 1,500 cases in last 24 hours.

Madhya Pradesh crossed 10,000 cases, as Telangana reported 4,111 cases, Andhra Pradesh (5,269), Bihar (5,710), Rajasthan (11,600), Uttar Pradesh (11,610), West Bengal (9,328) among other.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and the North Eastern states excluding Manipur and Tripura recorded less than 100 total cases. Of this, Daman and Diu recorded the lowest total with only 2 cases.

The global number of COVID-19 cases has increased to over 7.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 416,201, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Thursday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 73,60,239, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

 

Nearly 10,000 cases for 3rd day in India as number of cured surpass active tally
10-06-2020 10:40

India on Wednesday witnessed a spike of over 9,900 cases of the novel Coronavirus for the third consecutive day with 9,985 fresh cases, a Health Ministry data revealed.

For the first time the number of cured surpassed the total active cases. There were 1,33,632 active cases, while cured patients so far stood at 1,35,205.

At least 279 died in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 7,745, according to the ministry data.

With 2,76,583 cases, India is now the fifth country most affected by the pandemic, since the first case was reported in January-end. It overtook Spain on Sunday, and is just 13,000 short of the UK tally of 2,90,581, according to data by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

Mumbai (with over 51,000) has tipped Wuhan (over 31,000) tally as Maharashtra's corona cases stood at 90,787, which is more than 31 per cent of the national tally, followed by Delhi with 31,309, Tamil Nadu with 34,914 and Gujarat with 21,014 cases.

The global number of COVID-19 cases has increased to over 7.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 411,177, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Wednesday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 72,38,723, while the toll increased to 411,177, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US continues with the world's highest number of confirmed cases and deaths at 19,79,411 and 1,11,989, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil is second with 7,39,503 infections. Then Russia (4,84,630), and then the UK (2,90,581)

Regarding fatalities, the UK continues at the second position after the US with 40,968 Covid-19 deaths, which also accounts for the highest number of fatalities in Europe.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Brazil (38,406), Italy (34,043), France (29,299), Spain (27,136) and Mexico (14,649).

 

Record 9,987 cases take India's Covid tally to 2.66 lakh
09-06-2020 10:30

India on Tuesday recorded its highest-ever single-day spike in novel coronavirus cases at 9,987, a Health Ministry data revealed. At least 331 corona patients died in the last 24 hours in India, taking the total fatalities to 7,466.

Now, India is the fifth most corona-affected country as it overtook Spain on Sunday, with its total corona cases at 2,66,598. It is behind the United Kingdom, which has a total of 2,88,834 cases.

Of the total cases, at least 1,29,917 are active whereas 1,29,215 persons have been cured, one patient migrated and discharged, and 7,466 fatalities recorded so far.

Maharashtra's corona cases stood at 88,528, which is more than 33.21 percent of the national tally, followed by Delhi with 29,942, Tamil Nadu with 33,229 and Gujarat with 20,545 cases.

The global number of COVID-19 cases has increased to over 7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 406,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 7,097,717, while the death toll increased to 406,402, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US continues with the world's highest number of confirmed cases and deaths at 1,960,642 and 110,990, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of cases, Brazil comes at the second spot with 707,412 infections.

This was followed by Russia (476,043), the UK (288,834), India (265,928), Spain (241,717), Italy (235,278), Peru (199,696), France (191,313), Germany (186,109), Iran (173,832), Turkey (171,121), Chile (138,843), Mexico (120,102), Saudi Arabia (105,283), and Pakistan (103,671), the CSSE figures showed.

Regarding fatalities, the UK continues at the second position after the US with 40,680 COVID-19 deaths, which also accounts for the highest number of fatalities in Europe.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Brazil (37,134), Italy (33,964), France (29,212), Spain (27,136) and Mexico (14,053).

 

India's daily corona tally at record 9,983, total over 2.5 lakh
08-06-2020 10:50

India on Monday recorded it highest-ever single-day spike in new novel coronavirus cases at 9,983, a Health Ministry data revealed. At least 206 corona patients died in the last 24 hours in India, taking the total fatalities to 7,135.

Now, India is the fifth most corona-affected country as it surpassed Spain on Sunday, with its total corona cases standing at 2,56,611.

Of the total cases, at least 1,25,381 are active whereas 1,24,094 persons have been cured, one patient migrated and discharged, and 7,135 fatalities recorded so far.

At least 4,975 individuals had been cured since Sunday and India's recovery rate stood at 48.35 per cent, as against a growth rate of 3.89 per cent.

Maharashtra's corona cases stood at 85,975, which is more than 36 per cent of the national tally, followed by Delhi with 27,654, Tamil Nadu with 31,667 and Gujarat 20,070.

according to the WHO Covid-19 dashboard, as of Monday morning, the total number of corona cases worldwide stood at 67,99,713, while the death toll increased to 3,97,388, the WHO revealed in its latest update.

India is now fifth worst pandemic-hit country globally, after surpassing Spain's total cases on Sunday. The other top countries are the US (19,42,363), Brazil (6,91,758), Russia (4,67,073), the UK (2,87,621) according to the data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

 

India's COVID-19 cases rise to 2.36 lakh, surpass Italy
06-06-2020 11:10

With the biggest-ever jump of 9,887 new cases and 294 deaths in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 2,36,657 on Saturday, a Health Ministry data revealed. The country has now overtaken Italy, which has recorded 2,34,531 cases.

The surge comes amid the first phase of unlock after a two-month shutdown even as the government plans to open religious places from next week.

Of the total cases, 1,15942 are active, and 1,14,072 have recovered, while 6,642 lost the battle against the pandemic so far.

The worst hit state continues to be Maharashtra with a total of 80,229 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 28,694, Delhi with 26,334 cases and Gujarat with 19,094.

The national capital after Maharashtra (42,224) reported the most number of active cases at 15,311. In Tamil Nadu there are 12,700 active cases while in Gujarat the number is 4,901.

Globally, the total number of global coronavirus has increased to over 6.7 million, while the death toll has topped 3,94,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 67,31,824, while the death toll increased to 3,94,787, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 18,97,239 confirmed cases and 1,09,127 deaths, the US currently accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world, according to the CSSE.

In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 6,14,941 infections.

This was followed by Russia (4,49,256), the UK (2,84,734), Spain (2,40,978), India (2,36,184), Italy (2,34,531), France (1,90,180), Peru (1,87,400), Germany (1,84,924), Turkey (1,68,340), Iran (1,67,156), Chile (1,22,499) and Mexico (1,10,026), the CSSE figures showed.

Regarding fatalities, the UK continues in the second position after the US with 40,344 COVID-19 deaths, which also accounts for the highest fatalities in Europe.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Brazil (34,021), Italy (33,774), France (29,114), Spain (27,134) and Mexico (13,170).

 

India records over 9,800 Covid cases in a day; Total Over 2.27 lakh with 1.09 lakh recoveries
05-06-2020 10:20

With the biggest-ever jump of 9,851 new cases and 273 deaths in past 24 hours, the Covid-19 tally in India reached 2,26,770 on Friday, a Health Ministry data revealed. The surge comes amid the first phase of unlock after a two-month shutdown even as the government plans to open religious places from next week.

Of the total cases, 1,10,960 are active, and 1,09,462 have recovered, while 6,348 lost the battle against the pandemic so far.

The worst hit state continues to be Maharashtra with a total of 77,793 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 27,256, Delhi with 25,004 cases and Gujarat with 18,584.

The national capital after Maharashtra (41,402) reported the most number of active cases at 14,456. In Tamil Nadu there are 12,134 active cases while in Gujarat 4,762.

States with over 5,000 cases so far are Rajasthan (9,862) Madhya Pradesh (8,762), Uttar Pradesh (9,237) and West Bengal (6,876).

 

New Zealand to mark 15th June as COVID-19 elimination day
04-06-2020 14:10

New Zealand has planned to mark June 15 as the COVID-19 elimination day after health authorities detected no new coronavirus case for the 13th day in a row on Thursday.

The country, which has won global praises for its COVID-19 management, had reported the last positive case on May 22, reports Efe news.

A health ministry spokesperson told New Zealand Herald that the last community transmission case of a person, whose source of infection was not known, came out of isolation on May 18.

That could be be taken as the reference point for the 28-day coronavirus-free period to mark its elimination day, a health ministry spokesperson told Efe news.

That means that the period will finish on June 15.

"Elimination does not mean eradicating the virus permanently from New Zealand. It is being confident that we have eliminated chains of transmission in our community for at least 28 days and can effectively prevent or contain any future imported cases from overseas," the spokesperson said.

New Zealand has so far confirmed 1,154 COVID-19 cases with 22 deaths.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told reporters on Thursday that New Zealand was in the position now "that is the envy of many countries internationally and that is due to the hard work and sacrifice of so many Kiwis".

He, however, stressed the need to maintain precautionary measures as the pandemic is still prevalent remains present exist in other countries.

Bloomfield said the international situation was still serious with June 1 marking the day when most cases were reported in a single day worldwide.

"If we want to stay in a good position here, we can't act as if it's all over globally," he said.

The country announced the highest level of alert due to the pandemic in late April, which included strict restrictions and suspension of all its economic activities.

On June 15, the government is expected to announce the last phase of measures against the pandemic.

While restrictions are expected to be lifted, the country is most likely to keep its borders closed until further notice.

 

India breaches 9,000 cases in a day, total COVID tally near 2.17 lakh
04-06-2020 10:40

With the worst surge of 9,304 cases in a day so far, the total tally of coronavirus cases in India mounted to 2,16,919, a Health Ministry data revealed on Thursday.

Of the total cases 1,06,737 are active, while 1,04,107 persons have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

A total of 260 people died since Wednesday, taking the death toll to 6,075.

The recovery rate of COVID cases is now 47.99 per cent, while the death rate docked at 2.8 per cent. India continued to be the seventh worst hit country from the pandemic inching towards Italy's corona tally.

The COVID-19 cases remained unabated in Maharashtra with a total of 74,860 reported so far, followed by Tamil Nadu with 25,872, Delhi 23,645 cases and Gujarat with 18,100.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths from the disease, at least 2,587, followed by 1,122 in Gujarat and 606 in Delhi.

States that have reported more than 5,000 cases are Rajasthan (9,652), Uttar Pradesh (8,729), Madhya Pradesh (8,588) and West Bengal (6,508). Other major states that reported a significant number of cases are Bihar (4,390), Andhra Pradesh (4,080), Haryana (2,954), Jammu and Kashmir (2,857), Karnataka (4,063), Odisha (2,388), Punjab (2,376), Telangana (3,020) and Uttarakhand (1,085).

The total number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 6.4 million, while the death toll has topped 385,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Thursday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 6,429,453, while the death toll increased to 385,873, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 1,851,530 confirmed cases and 107,148 deaths, the US currently accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world, according to the CSSE. In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 584,016 infections. This was followed by Russia (431,715), the UK (281,270), Spain (240,326), Italy (233,836), Germany (184,121), Peru (178,914), Turkey (166,422), Iran (160,696), France (114,400), Chile (113,628) and Mexico (101,238), the CSSE figures showed. Regarding the fatalities, the UK continues in the second position after the US with 39,811 COVID-19 deaths, which also account for the highest fatalities in Europe. The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (33,601), Brazil (32,548), France (29,024), Spain (27,128) and Mexico (11,729).

 

Touching 9,000 cases a day, COVID tally crosses 2 lakh in India
03-06-2020 11:20

India witnessed closed to 9,000 new cases on Wednesday as the total case count of coronavirus mounted to 2,07,615, the Health Ministry data revealed.

With 8,909 new cases and 217 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, India is now poised at the seventh place on the world tally table with just 25,000 cases behind Italy.

Of the total cases 1,01,497 are active and 1,00,303 have been cured and discharged while 5,815 have died from the disease.

The recovery rate in the country stood at 48.31 per cent while the fatality rate docked at 2.8 per cent.

Maharashtra reported a total of 72,300 cases so far -- almost 50,000 more than Tamil Nadu with 24,586 and Delhi 22,132.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of casualties -- 2,465, followed by Gujarat (1,092), Delhi (556) and Madhya Pradesh (364).

States that have reported more than 5,000 cases are Madhya Pradesh (8,420), Rajasthan (9,373), Uttar Pradesh (8,361) and West Bengal (6,168).

The Health Ministry on Tuesday said that India is far from COVID peak. ICMR official Nivedita Gupta, addressing a press conference, said: "We are very far away from the peak. Our preventive measures to curb the disease are very effective and we are better positioned in comparison with other countries. You will get to see the data in a week."

India so far has conducted a total of 41,03,233 tests and 1,37,158 samples were tested in the last 24 hours according to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The global count reached 6.4 million and fatalities crossed 3 lakh after the first case was reported in China's Wuhan in mid December 2019. The US continues to top the chart reporting the highest cases, followed by Brazil and Russia that have overtaken Italy, the UK and Spain in just over a month.


India inches closer to 2 Lakh-mark, with over 8,000 cases for 3rd day
02-06-2020 11:40

India witnessed 8,171 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours. With this, the total case count mounted to 1,98,706 on Tuesday. At least 204 new fatalities were also recorded in 24 hours, taking the toll to 5,598.

The country witnessed more than 8,000 cases for the third consecutive day. With this, India has inched closer to the two-lakh mark.

According to the Health Ministry, of the total number, at least 97,581 cases are active while 95,527 people have been cured.

Maharashtra reported a total of 70,013 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 23,495 and Delhi with 20,834 cases.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of casualties -- 2,362, followed by Gujarat (1,063), Delhi (523) and Madhya Pradesh (358).

States that reported more than 5,000 cases are Madhya Pradesh (8,283), Rajasthan (8,980), Uttar Pradesh (8,075) and West Bengal (5,772).

Meanwhile, the total number of global coronavirus has increased to over 6.2 million, while the death toll has topped 375,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The overall number of cases stood at 6,265,496, while the death toll increased to 375,526, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 1,811,370 confirmed cases and 105,165 deaths, the US currently accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world, according to the CSSE.

In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 526,447 infections.

This was followed by Russia (414,328), the UK (277,736), Spain (239,638), Italy (233,197), India (198,370), France (189,348), Germany (183,594), Peru (170,039), Turkey (164,769), Iran (154,445) and Chile (105,158), the CSSE figures showed.

Regarding fatalities, the UK continues in the second position after the US with 39,127 COVID-19 deaths, which also accounts for the highest fatalities in Europe.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (33,475), Brazil (29,937), France (28,836), Spain (27,127) and Mexico (10,167).

 

Over 8,000 cases in single day again, India now 7th worst-hit
01-06-2020 10:10

India witnessed 8,390 cases in 24 hours on the second consecutive day. With this, the total case count of coronavirus disease mounted to 1,90,535 on Monday. India emerged as the 7th worst COVID-hit country globally, leaving behind France and Germany. At least 230 new fatalities were also recorded in 24 hours time, taking the toll to 5,394.

According to the Health Ministry, of the total number at least 93,322 cases are active while 91,819 people have been cured. Recovery rate in the country is 48.19 per cent now, while the death rate docked at 2.83 per cent.

Maharashtra reported a total of 67,655 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 22,333 and Delhi with 19,844 cases.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of casualties -- 2,286, followed by Gujarat (1,038), Delhi (473) and Madhya Pradesh (350).

States that reported more than 5,000 cases are Madhya Pradesh (8,089), Rajasthan (8,831), Uttar Pradesh (7,823) and West Bengal (5,501).

Meanwhile the total number of global coronavirus cases increased to over 6.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3,71,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

With 17,89,364 confirmed cases and 1,04,358 deaths, the US accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). This is followed by Brazil with 5,14,849 cases.

Other countries in terms of highest number of cases are: Russia (4,05,843), the UK (2,76,156), Spain (2,39,479), Italy (2,32,997), France (1,89,009), Germany (1,83,410), Peru (1,64,476), Turkey (1,63,942), and Iran (1,51,466), the CSSE figures showed. Regarding fatalities, the UK continues in the second position after the US with 38,571 COVID-19 deaths, which also accounts for the highest fatalities in Europe. The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (33,415), Brazil (29,314), France (28,805) and Spain (27,127).


India records highest single-day spike, surpasses death toll in China
29-05-2020 10:30

India on Friday not only recorded its largest jump in new cases as it added 7,466 new Covid patients in 24 hours, emerging as the ninth worst-hit country in the world by pandemic, but it also surpassed China's toll of 4,638 so far as it recorded 4,706 deaths.

While China was the first country to report disease last December and recorded over 84,000 total cases so far, India that reported its first case in January end, now has 1,65,799 cases that is more than Turkey's (1,60,979).

The only good news for India is that it has shown a 42.88 per cent recovery with 71,105 of the patients who contacted the disease being cured and sent back home. In the past one day, 175 deaths were also reported.

Delhi and Tamil Nadu showed jump of around 1,000 cases as Maharashtra continued to contribute a lion's share, it was still the worst hit state that reported 59,546 cases so far. Tamil Nadu now has 19,372 and Delhi 16,281 cases.

Gujarat reported 15,562 cases, Rajasthan 8,067, Madhya Pradesh 7,453 and Uttar Pradesh 7,170.

Kerala which had almost flatten the curve, is witnessing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, there are now 1,088.

Number of cases have spiked in the North East, with Assam having 856 cases.

Other States and UTs have also reported steady increase and West Bengal now has 4,536 cases, Telangana (2,256), Punjab (2,158), Jammu and Kashmir (2,036), Bihar (3,296) and Andhra Pradesh(3,251).

India is currently in the fourth phase of lockdown which is till May 31. Cases spiked at record rate during the lockdown 4.0 that allowed much relaxation.

 

Almost 80% of COVID19 cases in India are asymptomatic: Harsh Vardhan
28-05-2020 16:20

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said almost 80 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in India are asymptomatic or at best with very mild symptoms.

In an exclusive interview to IANS, the Health Minister said, "Even today, in almost 80 per cent of the cases of COVID-19, which are being reported in India, the patients tend to exhibit either nil or mild symptoms. These patients are mostly contacts of confirmed cases. Interestingly, had it not been for our contact tracing efforts, and if left to their own in isolation, these patients may not have even remembered or reported their infection."

Harsh Vardhan, who has recently been elected the chief of WHO's Executive Board, was answering a query on whether asymptomatic patients who are potential virus carriers and who can take the virus deeper into rural India are causing worry to the government.

He said, "I am aware about WHO's mention of some laboratory-confirmed cases that are truly asymptomatic. It is equally true, that as on date, there has been no documented asymptomatic transmission."

However, he added that recently, more symptoms like headache, muscle pain, pink eye, loss of smell, or loss of taste, intense chills, rigors and sore throat have been included in the list of COVID-19 symptoms by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States. "It will require more studies before these symptoms are finally included in our list in India," he quipped.

He added that the new symptoms were very subjective and vague which might go unnoticed, might not be remembered by the patient and, thus, might even go unreported. "Moreover, if for a moment we talk of testing such asymptotic patients, identification of all these asymptomatic cases will require repeated testing of 1.3 billion population which is a resource expensive exercise for any country and is neither possible nor recommended," the Health Minister said.

He emphasized on priority-based and targeted testing and said that it will be helpful in detecting more cases of COVID-19 and curbing the disease. "With our efforts at sustained and quality assured scaling up of the testing facilities, I am sure, we shall be better placed for maximum case detection," he concluded.

 

In India, 64,426 persons cured from corona; recovery rate is 42.4%: Health Ministry
27-05-2020 18:40

A total of 1,51,767 cases have been reported from the country in which 64,426 persons have been cured with the recovery rate being pegged at 42.4%, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday.

The fatality rate is 2.86% whereas the world average is 6.36%, the Ministry said.

The Ministry said it utilised the lockdown period for creating health infrastructure required for COVID-19 management.

"There are now 930 dedicated COVID hospitals with 1,58,747 isolation beds, 20,355 ICU beds and 69,076 oxygen-supported beds available in the country," said the Ministry.

It also said that a total of 2,362 dedicated COVID health centres with 1,32,593 Isolation beds; 10,903 ICU beds and 45,562 oxygen-supported beds have been operationalised.

"There are at least 10,341 quarantine centres and 7,195 COVID care centres with 6,52,830 beds available to combat COVID-19 in the country," said the Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry, the Centre also provided 113.58 lakh N95 masks and 89.84 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the States, UTs and Central institutions.

The testing capacity has increased in the country through 435 government laboratories and 189 private labs (total 624 labs). Cumulatively, 32,42,160 samples have been tested so far for COVID-19, whereas 1,16,041 samples were tested in 24 hours, said the Ministry.

 

BrihanMumbai Municipal Corp-BMC goes on Covid-19 offensive, launches 'Chase the Virus' initiative
27-05-2020 17:10

In a bid to check the growing number of Covid-19 deaths and cases in the country's commercial capital, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has launched a 'Chase the Virus' initiative, a top official said on Wednesday.

Under this ambitious mission, BMC Commissioner I. S. Chahal said that for every Covid-19 positive case, 15 persons would be quarantined.

"When the Central team visited Mumbai, the ratio was 1:3, and presently it is around 1:6, but now we will compulsorily send to institutional quarantine 15 close contacts of the Covid-19 patient, or 1:15," Chahal said.

In this manner, the health authorities seek to not only break the chain, but go on top of the virus and contain its spread.

The mission was launched after a series of meetings between the BMC and the state government with the final green signal from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Chahal has already conducted detailed meetings with all the BMC 24 Ward Officers, war rooms are coming up in each ward, police are being deployed and buses are being readied to implement the initiative.

The BMC has also tied up with a cab aggregator and kept around 450 ambulances ready for patients, up from 100, to transport Covid-19 patients, and is augmenting bed capacities in a big way to cater to the anticipated spike in cases in the coming weeks.

Mumbai has presently notched 1,065 fatalities and 32,974 patients so far, with the highest being in the congested Dharavi in central Mumbai, with 1,621 cases and 59 deaths.

The state has been recording 50-plus fatalities and over 2,000 new patients for the past 10 consecutive days now, with the toll at 1,792 and the total number of coronavirus patients touching 54,758 as on Wednesday.

 

Corona cases cross 1.5 lakh mark in India, with 42.44% recovery
27-05-2020 10:50

Maintaining the plateau of over 6,000 cases, India on Wednesday crossed the psychological 1.5 lakh mark of total Covid-19 cases so far. However it also posted a strong recovery rate of 42.44 per cent as at least 3,935 people were also cured during the day.

A total of 6,387 new cases took the nationwide tally to 1,51,767, a Health Ministry data revealed on Wednesday. There were also 170 new deaths in the past 24 hours, 97 of them in Maharashtra where there were over four deaths each hour.

It took the country just four days to reach the over 1.5 lakh figure from 1,25,101 on May 23. With this, India continues to remain as the tenth worst hit country by the pandemic globally.

Of the total cases so far, 83,004 are active, while 64,425 people have been cured and 4,337 have died.

Maharashtra continues to have the lion's share of the COVID-19 cases, with at least 54,758 which is 36.08 per cent of the total cases across the country. The state has reported 1,792 fatalities so far, as per the health ministry data.

The situation in Tamil Nadu was also worsening as total number of cases reported there hover at 17,728, followed by Gujarat with 14,821 cases and Delhi with 14,465 cases.

The rising number of cases in the country dosen't seem to get any respite even with the rising temperature as some experts had opined. Globally the cases of COVID-19 topped at 5.6 million and over three lakh fatalities.

 

WHO warns of COVID-19 'second peak' as lockdowns ease
26-05-2020 14:55

Countries could see a "second peak" of coronavirus cases during the first wave of the pandemic if lockdown restrictions were lifted too soon, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Mike Ryan, the WHO's head of emergencies, told a briefing on Monday that the world was "right in the middle of the first wave", the BBC reported.

He said because the disease was "still on the way up", countries need to be aware that "the disease can jump up at any time".

"We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now that it's going to keep going down," Ryan said.

There would be a number of months to prepare for a second peak, he added.

The stark warning comes as countries around the world start to gradually ease lockdown restrictions, allowing shops to reopen and larger groups of people to gather.

Experts have said that without a vaccine to give people immunity, infections could increase again when social-distancing measures are relaxed.

Ryan said countries where cases are declining should be using this time to develop effective trace-and-test regimes to "ensure that we continue on a downwards trajectory and we don't have an immediate second peak".

Also on Monday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said that a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on COVID-19 patients has come to "a temporary pause", while the safety data of the the anti-malaria drug was being reviewed.

According to the WHO chief, The Lancet medical journal on May 22 had published an observational study on HCQ and chloroquine and its effects on COVID-19 patients that have been hospitalized, reports Xinhua news agency.

The authors of the study reported that among patients receiving the drug, when used alone or with a macrolide, they estimated a higher mortality rate.

"The Executive Group of the Solidarity Trial, representing 10 of the participating countries, met on Saturday (May 23) and has agreed to review a comprehensive analysis and critical appraisal of all evidence available globally," Tedros said in a virtual press conference.

The developments come as the total number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to 5,508,904, with 346,508 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

 

WHO suspends clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine- HCQ on COVID-19 patients
26-05-2020 08:50

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Director-General, said that a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on COVID-19 patients has come to "a temporary pause", while the safety data of the the anti-malaria drug was being reviewed.

According to the WHO chief, The Lancet medical journal on May 22 had published an observational study on HCQ and chloroquine and its effects on COVID-19 patients that have been hospitalized, reports Xinhua news agency.

The authors of the study reported that among patients receiving the drug, when used alone or with a macrolide, they estimated a higher mortality rate.

"The Executive Group of the Solidarity Trial, representing 10 of the participating countries, met on Saturday (May 23) and has agreed to review a comprehensive analysis and critical appraisal of all evidence available globally," Tedros said in a virtual press conference on Monday.

The review will consider data collected so far in the Solidarity Trial and in particular robust randomized available data, to adequately evaluate the potential benefits and harms from this drug, he said.

"The Executive Group has implemented a temporary pause of the HCQ arm within the Solidarity Trial while the safety data is reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Board. The other arms of the trial are continuing," Tedros added.

WHO initiated the Solidarity Trial, a plan to evaluate the safety and efficacy of four drugs and drug combinations against COVID-19 more than two months ago, which include HCQ.

According to the WHO, over 400 hospitals in 35 countries are actively recruiting patients and nearly 3,500 patients have been enrolled from 17 countries under the Solidarity Trial.

Tedros added that the safety concern over the drug related only to the use of HCQ and chloroquine in COVID-19, and "these drugs are accepted as generally safe for use in patients with autoimmune diseases or malaria".

"WHO will provide further updates as we know more," he added.

 

'Migrant workers' movement factor in sharp spike of Covid-19 cases in India'
25-05-2020 18:40

With nearly 7,000 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, and having registered an average over 5,000 cases in the past one week, India now ranks 10th in the global infection list, overtaking Iran, an early hotspot of coronavirus. Experts reckon the movement of migrant workers was a man-made crisis, which deterred India from reaping benefits of the lockdown, and was also one of the biggest factors behind the extraordinary surge in new cases.

Speaking to IANS, Dr Arvind Kumar, Chairman, Centre for Chest Surgery and Director in Institute of Robotic Surgery at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said the chaos has led to this sharp spike in coronavirus cases, and it is baffling as to what held back various state governments from providing food and money to migrant workers, which could have helped many to stay wherever they were.

"Movement of 50 lakh workers from one state to another was no less than a crisis, and it was man-made. Mismanagement of migrant workers' crisis was India's turning point in coronavirus crisis. Ferrying several lakh migrant workers has led to rural areas, which were miles away from the impact of Covid-19, being exposed," said Kumar.

He added that workers moving from Mumbai to eastern Uttar Pradesh, which was yet to experience the Covid-19 crisis, would certainly begin to throw up a large number of positive cases in coming weeks. "The lockdown was not carried to a fruitful conclusion and few cities in India will soon be like Italy and the US," said Kumar.

According to Health Ministry data, a record 6,977 new coronavirus cases and 154 more fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours in India, taking the total number of such cases to 1,38,845. Of the total, 77,103 are active cases and 4,021 individuals have lost their lives so far to the disease.

However, 57,721 patients have recovered so far, and at least 3,280 corona patients have recovered since Sunday, taking the recovery rate to 41.57 per cent. Maharashtra is worst-hit, with 50,231 cases, and it has nearly one-third of cases in the country. It is followed by Tamil Nadu with 16,277 cases and Gujarat with 14,056 cases. Delhi has 13,418 cases.

Dr Manoj Goel, Director Pulmonology at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, said the reproduction number here of Covid-19 is 2.4 which mean 1 patient can infect 3 to 4 more persons. "Due to relaxation in the lockdown, the increasing mingling of people and movement of migrants, there will be an exponential spike in the number of cases. India is likely to follow the same epidemiological pattern of Covid-19 as in other countries," he said.

Goel added that now the base for the rapid increase in numbers is established in India with over 1.25 lakh cases in the country. "Still, as much as possible, we must avoid person to person contact, crowding, public transport, and wear masks and also continue with hand hygiene practices to minimise the surge of this virus in the country," he said.

 

With over 6,000 COVID-19 cases for 4th consecutive day, India's total tally crosses 1.38 lakh
25-05-2020 09:50

India witnessed a spike of more than 6,000 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for the fourth consecutive day and also recorded 154 fresh fatalities in 24 hours, country's tally climbed to 1,38,845 with 4,021 people losing their lives to the pandemic.

According to Union Health and Family Welfare department data, India witnessed a surge of 6,977 new cases in the last 24 hours. Of the total 1,38,845 cases, 77,103 are active cases while 57,720 people have been cured, including 3,280 cured in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra continued to be the worst-hit state with 50,231 cases. 3,041 new cases and 58 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours the took the tally of fatalities to 1,635. Of the 50,231 cases a total of 14,600 have been cured.

Tamil Nadu stood second with 16,277 cases, and Gujarat third with 14,056 cases. The death toll was 111 in Tamil Nadu and 858 in Gujarat.

Delhi reported 13,418 cases and 261 casualties, while 6,412 patients have been cured here.

States/UTs with more than 5,000 COVID-19 cases are Rajasthan (7,028), Madhya Pradesh (6,665) and Uttar Pradesh (6,268). Others with more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (3,667), Andhra Pradesh (2,823), Punjab (2,060), Telangana (1,854), Bihar (2,587), Jammu and Kashmir (1,621), Karnataka (2,089), Odisha (1,336) and Haryana (1,184). States and UTs with significant number of cases are Kerala (847), Jharkhand (370), Chandigarh (238), Assam (378), Tripura (191), Chhattisgarh (252) and Uttarakhand (317).

Sikkim and Dadra and Nagar Haveli did not report any fresh incident in the last 24 hours, as per ministry data. Goa has reported 66 cases so far. A spurt has been observed in Pudducherry which now has 41 cases. There are now 52 cases in Ladakh.

 

With highest spike of 6,654 COVID19 cases in 24 hours, India crosses 1.25 lakh-mark
23-05-2020 11:20

In just 24 hours flat India added 6,654 positive cases, Health Ministry data showed on Saturday. It is 566 cases more in a single day than it reported on Friday. With this the total tally went across the 1.25 lakh-mark. Before the first week of the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown ended, cases continually breached the highest record everyday in the last four days.

With a total of 1,25,100 cases, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there now 69,597 active, 51,783 who recovered while 3,720 people have lost their lives to the deadly virus, including 137 in the last one day, which is 11 less deaths than 24 hours ago.

The worst hit state continued to be Maharashtra with 44,582 active cases, 1,517 people died while 12,583 people have recovered. In the past 24 hours 2,940 cases have come up while 821 new recoveries have occurred.

Tamil Nadu is on the second number with 14,753 cases and 98 deaths while Gujarat is third with 13,268 cases and 802 deaths.

Delhi has so far reported 12,319 cases with 208 fatalities and 5,897 people recovering from the disease.

States with more than 5,000 cases each are Rajasthan (6,494), Madhya Pradesh (6,170) and Uttar Pradesh (5,735).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases each are West Bengal (3,332), Andhra Pradesh (2,709), Punjab (2,029), Telangana (1,761), Bihar (2,177), Jammu and Kashmir (1,489), Karnataka (1,743), Odisha (1,189) and Haryana (1,067).

States and UTs that have reported a significant number of corona cases are Kerala (732), Jharkhand (308), Chandigarh (218), Assam (259), Tripura (175), Chhattisgarh (172) and Uttarakhand (153).

 

India's Covid-19 mortality rate falls to 3.02%
22-05-2020 17:30

The Union Health Ministry on Friday said the Covid-19 fatality rate has dropped from 3.13 per cent to 3.02 per cent, and the authorities involved in tackling the viral infection are concentrating on containment measures and clinical management of cases.

"We need to save the country from deaths due to Covid-19", said a ministry official.

In the daily press briefing, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary Health Ministry, said there is improvement in the COVID-19 mortality rate, as it dropped from 3.13 per cent on May 19 to 3.02 per cent. The ministry said that 3,234 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, and 48,534 people have been cured so far, and there are a total 66,330 under active medical supervision.

"The recovery rate has improved to 41% and the case fatality rate has improved to 3.02%", said Agarwal, adding the focus of the Health Ministry is on districts which have reported most cases.

The Health Ministry said the growth rate of COVID-19 cases has witnessed a steady fall from April 3, when lockdown was able to put brakes on its growth. "The number of cases today would have been much higher had lockdown not been implemented", added the official.

According to an Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) official, 27,55,714 tests for COVID-19 were conducted till 1 p.m. Friday, and 1,03,829 tests were done in the last 24 hours. "Over 1 Lakh tests for COVID-19 done each day in the last four days", added the ICMR official.

The Centre emphasized that the decision of lockdown in India was timely and that several countries took the decision late. "Like the number of cases, the growth rate of the number of COVID-19 deaths too has fallen significantly due to lockdown, marking a notable difference between pre-lockdown and post-lockdown situations", said a senior official.

 

India's recovery rate improves to 40.32%, lockdown gainfully utilised: Health Ministry
21-05-2020 16:10

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said the period of lockdown has been gainfully utilized to ramp up the health infrastructure in the country. In a press statement the Health Ministry said the recovery rate in the country improved up to 40.32%.

"There are reports in a section of media about some decisions of the government regarding the lockdown implementation and response to COVID-19 management. The period of the lockdown has been gainfully utilized to ramp up the health infrastructure in the country. As on date, 45,299 people have been cured, taking our recovery rate to 40.32%."

The ministry said as on May 21,26,15,920 samples have been tested and 1,03,532 have been tested in the last 24 hours, through 555 testing labs (391 in the government sector and 164 private labs).

It also said that Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in collaboration with Health Ministry and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with support from State health departments and key stakeholders including WHO, is conducting a community based sero-survey to estimate the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Indian population.

It said at least 3,027 dedicated COVID hospitals and COVID health centres along with 7,013 COVID care centres have been identified. Additionally, more than 2.81 lakh isolation beds, over 31,250 ICU beds, and 11,387 oxygen supported beds have already been identified in Dedicated COVID Hospitals and COVID health centres.

The government supplied 65 lakh PPE coveralls and 101.07 lakh N95 masks to the states. "Nearly 3 lakh PPE coveralls and 3 lakh N95 masks are now being manufactured per day by domestic producers, although they were not produced in the country earlier".

In addition, the Government is consulting and involving epidemiologists actively at all levels in order to combat COVID-19. The National Task Force (NTF) for COVID-19 constituted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has held 20 meetings since mid-March and has systematically and effectively contributed towards the scientific and technical response to the pandemic," said the Health Ministry.

It said a team, including researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) -- an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) -- has developed a heuristic predictive model for COVID-19 that provides short-term predictions about the evolution of the disease and the medical needs that are generated as a consequence.

The ministry stated that the Department of Bio Technology and its PSU, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) have announced a COVID-19 Research Consortium Call to support diagnostics, vaccines, novel therapeutics, repurposing of drugs or any other intervention for control of COVID-19.

The Health Ministry had hitherto maintained that the lockdown was to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 and was often asked the rationale behind the lockdown when cases continued to be reported over 4 to 5 thousand per day. However experts at various times have said that the numbers would have spiked exponentially sans lockdown, as it was seen in other parts of the world.

 

WHO warns against using hydroxychloroquine-HCQ outside clinical trials
21-05-2020 11:20

A senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against using hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, the drugs for malaria and other diseases, in the treatment of COVID-19, saying these drugs should be reserved for use "within clinical trials".

Responding to question on hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine being used to treat COVID-19 patients in certain countries, Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, told a press conference on Wednesday that, despite that both drugs are already licensed for many diseases, at this stage, they "have been as yet found to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19 or in the prophylaxis against coming down with the disease", Xinhua reported.

"And in fact the opposite, warnings have been issued by many authorities regarding the potential side effects of the drug and many countries have limited its use to that of clinical trials or during clinical trials or under the supervision of clinicians in a hospital setting that's specifically for COVID-19, because of a number of potential side effects that have occurred and could occur," Ryan stressed.

"Having said that, again it is for each national authority to weigh and assess the evidence for and against the use of this drug," he added.

Ryan said that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are included in the ongoing "solidarity trials" that take place across multiple countries. "And as WHO, we would advise that, for COVID-19, that these drugs be reserved for use within such trials."

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead of Health Emergencies Programme, noted that "As of today we have more than 3,000 patients enrolled from 320 hospitals in 17 countries, and so that's a show of solidarity and called the solidarity trial, but it's really a show of collaboration and willingness to work towards a common goal of understanding which therapeutics are safe and effective against COVID-19".

 

Corona tally in India cross 1.12 lakh, 45,300 patients cured
21-05-2020 09:40

With ,5609 new novel coronavirus cases and 132 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, the total tally of such infections in India stood at 1,12,359 on Thursday the Health Ministry data revealed.

The total includes 63,624 active cases, 3,435 fatalities, and 45,300 patients cured of the disease, the Ministry said.

At least 3,002 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

In Maharashtra, coronavirus cases climbed to 39,297, followed by Tamil Nadu with 13,191 cases and Gujarat with 12,537 cases so far.

Maharashtra has the highest number of deaths at 1,390, followed by Gujarat's 749 and Madhya Pradesh's 267.

In Delhi, the total tally rose to 11,088.

States with more than 5,000 cases each are Rajasthan (6,015), Madhya Pradesh (5,735) and Uttar Pradesh (5,175).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases each are West Bengal (3,103), Andhra Pradesh (2,602), Punjab (2,005), Telangana (1,661), Bihar (1,674), Jammu and Kashmir (1,390), Karnataka (1,462) and Odisha (1,052).

Other states and UTs that have reported a significant number of corona cases are Haryana (993), Kerala (666), Jharkhand (231), Chandigarh (202), Tripura (173), Assam (170), Chhattisgarh (115) and Uttarakhand (122).

 

Only 6.39% Covid-19 cases in India need hospitalisation: Govt
20-05-2020 18:20

Only 6.39 per cent Covid-19 cases need hospitalisation, which includes oxygen, ventilator or ICU support, according to the Union Health Ministry, here on Wednesday.

In a press release, Joint Secretary (Health) Lav Agarwal said of the 61,149 active cases, around 2.94 per cent needed oxygen support, 3 per cent ICU and 0.45 per cent ventilator support.

Stressing the Covid-19 recovery rate, Agarwal said, it "has been on continuous upwards climb and is more than 39.62 per cent. When the first phase of lockdown started, the recovery rate was around 7.1 per cent. During the second phase of lockdown, it was 11.42 per cent and rose to 26.59 per cent. Today, the recovery rate is 39.62 per cent."

The efforts for early identification of Covid-19 cases had helped in having a better recovery rate, he said.

Comparing global statistics on Covid-19 with India, Agarwal said, "The mortality rate in India is 0.2 cases per lakh population against the global 4.2 cases. India has recorded 7.9 cases per lakh population against 62 for the world."

The number of confirmed cases in India is 1,06,750 and 3,303 people have succumbed to the infection. 42,298 Covid-19 patients have been cured. "India battle against Covid-19 has to be people driven", said Agarwal.

 

COVID-19: Total tally in India mounts to 1,06,750, Nearly 43,000 recovered
20-05-2020 09:50

With 5,611 new novel coronavirus cases and 140 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, the total tally of such infections in India stood at 1,06,750 on Wednesday, the Health Ministry data revealed.

The total includes 61,149 active cases, 3,303 fatalities, and 42,298 patients cured of the disease, the Ministry said.

In Maharashtra, coronavirus cases climbed to 3,37,136, followed by Tamil Nadu with 12,448 cases and Gujarat with 12,140 cases so far.

Maharashtra has the highest number of deaths at 1,249, followed by Gujarat's 719 and Madhya Pradesh's 258.

In Delhi, the total tally rose to 10,554.

States with more than 4,000 cases each are Rajasthan (5,845), Madhya Pradesh (5,465) and Uttar Pradesh (4,926).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases each are West Bengal (2,961), Andhra Pradesh (2,532), Punjab (2,002), Telangana (1,634), Bihar (1,498), Jammu and Kashmir (1,317), and Karnataka (1,397).

Other states and UTs that have reported a significant number of corona cases are Haryana (964), Kerala (642), Odisha (978), Jharkhand (231), Chandigarh (200), Tripura (173), Assam (142), Chhattisgarh (101) and Uttarakhand (111).

While Goa is witnessing a resurgence of cases with at least 46 patients, Ladakh became COVID-19 free as all 43 patients were cured and no mortality reported.

Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram have zero active cases as their lone patients have since been cured. In Meghalaya, 12 of the 13 coronavirus patients were cured whereas one died. All 33 patients in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been cured.

 

Corona cases in India cross 1 lakh-mark with 4,970 new cases in past 24 hours
19-05-2020 09:40

The number of novel Coronavirus patients in India passed the significant one-lakh mark on Tuesday with total number of cases rising to 1.01 lakh, with a rise of 4,970 cases in past 24 hours, Union Health Ministry data revealed.

According to the Ministry, there are 58,302 active cases, 39,173 people have been cured and 3,163 have died so far. In the past 24 hours, 134 people lost there battle to Covid-19.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases climbed to 35,058, followed by Gujarat which has 11,745 cases and Tamil Nadu 11,760 cases so far.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths at 1,249, followed by 694 in Gujarat and 252 in Madhya Pradesh.

Maharashtra has reported 23,313 more cases and 555 more deaths than Gujarat.

In Delhi, the tally rose to 10,054, according to the Health Ministry data.

States which have reported more than 4,000 cases are Rajasthan (5,507), Madhya Pradesh (5,236) and Uttar Pradesh (4,605).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (2,825), Andhra Pradesh (2,474), Punjab (1,980), Telangana (1,597), Bihar (1,391), Jammu and Kashmir (1,289) and Karnataka (1,246).

Other states and UTs that have reported a significant number of cases are Haryana (928), Kerala (630), Odisha (876), Jharkhand (223), Chandigarh (196), Tripura (167), Assam (107).

States that have still not touched triple digits are Uttarakhand (93), Himachal Pradesh (90) besides, Goa which after maintaining Corona Free status for quite more than a month, reported at least 9 new cases, taking the total tally there to 38, said the Health Ministry.

 

At 7.1 cases per lakh, India's Covid-19 ratio lowest in world: Health Ministry
18-05-2020 18:50

India has about 7.1 cases per lakh population whereas the average of the whole world is 60 cases per lakh population, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

In a statement, the Union Health Ministry said "in terms of confirmed cases per lakh population, India has so far about 7.1 cases per lakh population vis a vis approx 60 cases per lakh population for the world as a whole." Spain has reported 494 cases per lakh population, which is the highest, followed by the US, which has 431 cases per lakh population. Italy has 372 cases per lakh population and the UK has 361 cases per lakh population.

The Union Health Ministry said a multi-factorial analysis has been done on the combination of the parameters, which are namely, total active cases, active cases per lakh population, doubling rate (calculated over 7 days period), case fatality rate, testing ratio and test confirmation rate.

"India currently has 56,316 cases under active cases. So far, a total of 36,824 people have been cured of Covid-19. In the last 24 hours a total of 2,715 patients are reported cured. We have presently a recovery rate of 38.29 percent," it said.

The Health Ministry said the states have been asked to meticulously delineate the containment and buffer zones and also to ensure stringent implementation of the containment plans in the containment zones. A senior ministry official said in the containment zones, active search for cases through the house to house surveillance by special teams, testing of all cases as per sampling guidelines, contact tracing, clinical management of all confirmed cases are the priority tasks.

"Further, around each containment zone, a buffer zone has to be delineated so as to ensure that infection does not spread to the adjoining areas. In buffer zones, extensive surveillance for cases through monitoring ILI/SARI cases in health facilities has to be coordinated," the official said.

 

With over 5,000 new cases, India Covid tally jumps to 96,169
18-05-2020 10:20

With the sharpest spike of 5,242 new cases in 24 hours, India's total case count of coronavirus jumped to 96,169, the Union Health Ministry data revealed on Monday.

According to the Health Ministry, of the total, 56,316 are active cases while at least 36,823 people have been cured from the disease.

At least 157 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total fatality count to 3,029.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases climbed to 33,053, followed by Gujarat which has 11,379 cases and Tamil Nadu 11,224 cases so far.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, 1198, followed by 659 in Gujarat and 248 in Madhya Pradesh.

National capital's total tally crossed the 10,000-mark on Monday and stood at 10,054, according to the Health Ministry data.

States which have reported more than 4000 cases are Rajasthan (5,202), Madhya Pradesh (4,977) and Uttar Pradesh (4,259).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (2,677), Andhra Pradesh (2,407), Punjab (1,964), Telangana (1,551), Bihar (1,262), Jammu and Kashmir (1,183) and Karnataka (1,147).

Among other states and UTs that have reported a significant number of cases are Haryana (910), Kerala (601), Odisha (828), Tripura (167), Jharkhand (223), Assam (101), Uttarakhand (92), Himachal Pradesh (80) and Chandigarh (191).

Goa which had maintained Corona Free status for quite a long time and had few resurged cases recently, reported at least 15 new cases, taking the total tally there at 29, said the Health Ministry.

 

COVID19 tally crosses 80,000 mark in India, fresh cases in corona free states
15-05-2020 09:50

With 3,967 new cases and 100 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 81970, the Union Health Ministry stated on Friday. And two states, Goa and Manipur, which were declared COVID-19 free, have reported fresh corona positive cases.

Of the total cases, 51401 are active and 2,649 are fatalities so far while at least 27,919 people have recovered from the disease.

After being COVID-19 free for many days, Goa reported seven fresh cases, that took the total number of cases here to 14. Similarly, in Manipur a fresh case emerged after 26 days, taking the total tally in this Northeast state to three so far.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases climbed to 27,524 followed by Tamil Nadu, which has reported 9,674 and Gujarat has 9,591 cases so far.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, 1019, followed by 586 in Gujarat and 237 in Madhya Pradesh.

At least 8,470 people in the national capital have been infected with the highly contagious coronavirus.

Other states which have reported more than 3,000 cases are Rajasthan (4,534), Madhya Pradesh (4,426) and Uttar Pradesh (3,902).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (2,377), Andhra Pradesh (2,205), Punjab (1,935) and Telangana (1414).

Among other major states and UTs that have reported a significant number of cases are, Bihar (994), Haryana (818), Jammu and Kashmir (983), Karnataka (987), Kerala (560), Odisha (611), Tripura (156) and Chandigarh (191).

States/UTs that have zero coronavirus cases are Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

 

India COVID-19 tally crosses 78,000 mark, 26,234 recoveries
14-05-2020 09:50

With 3,722 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 78,003, the Union Health Ministry stated on Thursday.

Of the total cases, 49,219 are active and 2,549 are fatalities so far while at least 26,234 people have recovered from the disease.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases climbed to 25,922 followed by Gujarat that has 9,267 cases and Tamil Nadu has reported 9,227 cases so far.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, 975, followed by 566 in Gujarat and 232 in Madhya Pradesh.

At least 7,998 people in the national capital have been infected with the highly contagious coronavirus.

Other states which have reported more than 3,000 cases are Rajasthan (4,328), Madhya Pradesh (4,173) and Uttar Pradesh (3,729).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (2,290), Andhra Pradesh (2,137), Punjab (1,924) and Telangana (1,367).

Among other major states and UTs that have reported a significant number of cases are, Bihar (940), Haryana (793), Jammu and Kashmir (971), Karnataka (959), Kerala (534), Odisha (538), Tripura (155) and Chandigarh (187).

States/UTs that have zero coronavirus cases are Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

 

With 3,525 new cases, corona tally in India reaches 74,281
13-05-2020 09:40

With 3,525 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 74,281, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Of the total cases, 47480 are active and 2,415 are fatalities so far while at least 24,385 people have recovered from the disease.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases climbed to 24,427 followed by Gujarat that has 8,903 cases and Tamil Nadu has reported 8,718 cases so far.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, 921, followed by Gujarat (537) and Madhya Pradesh (225).

At least 7,639 people in the national capital have been infected with the highly contagious coronavirus.

Other states which have reported more than 3,000 cases are Rajasthan (4,126), Madhya Pradesh (3,986) and Uttar Pradesh (3,664).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are Andhra Pradesh (2,090), West Bengal (2,173), Punjab (1,914) and Telangana (1,326).

Among other major states and UTs that have reported a significant number of cases are, Bihar (831), Haryana (780), Jammu and Kashmir (934), Karnataka (925), Kerala (524), Odisha (437), Tripura (154) and Chandigarh (187).

States/UTs that have zero coronavirus cases are Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All individuals have been cured in these states/UTs and no casualty has been reported from here so far.

 

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals starts phase-3 clinical trials on Favipiravir for COVID19 patients in India
12-05-2020 13:15

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said on Tuesday that it has initiated phase - three clinical trials on antiviral Favipiravir for corona virus (COVID-19) patients in India.

COVID-19 patients from over 10 leading government and private hospitals in India are being enrolled for the study.

The trial completion and study results are expected by July-August this year. Glenmark was the first pharmaceutical company in India to be given an approval by the regulator to conduct Phase 3 clinical trials in India on Favipiravir antiviral tablets for COVID -19 patients.

Favipiravir is a generic version of Avigan of Fujifilm Toyama Chemical Co. Ltd., Japan, a subsidiary of Fujifilm Corporation.

Clinical trials have commenced and over 10 leading government & private hospitals in India are being enrolled for the study. Glenmark estimates study completion by July/August 2020.

Glenmark has successfully developed the API and the formulations for the product through its inhouse R&D team.

Favipiravir has demonstrated activity against influenza viruses and has been approved in Japan for the treatment of novel influenza virus infections. The molecule if commercialized, will be marketed under the brand name �FabiFlu�' in India.

Commenting on this development, Monika Tandon, Vice President & Head, Clinical Development, Global Specialty/Branded Portfolio, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd., said, "Several health and medical experts, both in and outside of Glenmark are eager to see the effect that Favipiravir has on COVID-19 cases. We believe the study results will be significant as there is currently no effective treatment for the virus." She added, "The data we get from these trials will point us in a clearer direction with regard to COVID-19 treatment and management."

Sujesh Vasudevan, President, India Formulations, Middle East and Africa, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. mentioned "Our effort is to launch a treatment for COVID-19 patients as soon as possible and control the spread of the pandemic. We will do all it takes to ensure accessibility of the product across the country if the clinical trials are successful."

Glenmark was the first pharmaceutical company in India to be given an approval by the regulator to start the trial on COVID-19 patients in India.

As per the approved clinical trial protocol, 150 subjects with mild to moderate COVID-19 will be randomized in the study in a 1:1 ratio to Favipiravir with standard supportive care or standalone standard supportive care. Treatment duration is a maximum of 14 days and the total study duration will be a maximum of 28 days from randomization.

 

With 3,604 new cases, India's Covid tally surges past 70,000
12-05-2020 09:25

The COVID-19 tally in India surged past 70 thousand cases, with 3,604 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the morning update provided by the ministry, the total number of cases now stand at 70,756.

Of the total cases, 46,008 are active and 2,293 are fatalities so far while at least 22,454 people have recovered from the disease.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases climbed to 22,171, followed by Gujarat that has 8,194 cases and Tamil Nadu reporting 7,204 cases so far.

The state of Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, at least 868, which is followed by Gujarat (513) and Madhya Pradesh (221).

At least 7,233 people in the national capital have been infected with the highly contagious Coronavirus.

Other states which have reported more than 3,000 cases are Tamil Nadu (8,002), Rajasthan (3,988), Madhya Pradesh(3,785) and Uttar Pradesh (3,573).

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases, are Andhra Pradesh (2,018), West Bengal (2,063), Punjab (1,877) and Telangana (1,275).

Among other major states and UTs that have reported a significant number of cases are, Bihar (747), Haryana (730), Jammu and Kashmir (879), Karnataka (862), Kerala (519), Odisha (414), Tripura (152) and Chandigarh (174).

States/UTs that have zero coronavirus cases are Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All individuals have been cured in these states/UTs and no casualty has been reported from here so far.

 

Recovery rate improved, no community transmission in India: Health Ministry
11-05-2020 17:50

The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday said that the recovery rate of the Covid-19 patients in the country improved upto 31.15 per cent with a total 1,559 individuals cured from the disease in the last 24 hours.

Addressing the daily press conference here, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said: "While at least 4,213 new cases were reported since yesterday, there are 1559 people who have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 31.15 per cent.

"Total number of cases in India is 67,152 so far, of which 44,029 people are under medical supervision and total 20,917 people have been cured from the disease."

India on Monday saw the highest jump in the coronavirus cases reported in a single day, and 97 fatalities in 24 hours.

The Health Ministry avoided mentioning the number of fatalities and remained in the denial mode whether it constitutes a community transmission or not, during the press conference.

Asked by the media whether or not the country has entered the community transmission stage, Agarwal said: "We have found few clusters and have noticed relatively large outbreak in a few places. Even Director, AIIMS said that if we do not contain the zones properly, the rate of transmission will become higher. Therefore it is important for us to maintain at this stage only and scale up containment efforts and ensure that we don't go at the community transmission stage."

India is currently under lockdown 3.0 with controlled relaxations by the Central and state governments.

 

Covid-19 creeps into White House sidelining leading voice on pandemic
11-05-2020 10:00

The Covid-19 pandemic has crept into the White House, sidelining Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading voice on the pandemic, and posing a threat to US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The reach of the virus into the home of the nation's leadership comes as some states have begun controversial loosening of the Covid-19 restrictions,some in defiance of the task force guidelines.

Fauci, the leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force who has been a reassuring figure on national TV, is on a modified quarantine since Saturday scheduled to mostly work remotely from home for 14 days after being exposed to a staffer infected by Covid-19.

Two other members of the task force, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, have also gone into self-quarantine after their exposures.

Trump and Pence have also been exposed to the virus but have so far not quarantined themselves - a difficult task as the leaders of the nation.

Trump's personal valet has tested positive for the disease as has Pence's Spokesperson Kate Miller.

Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi is next in the line of succession to the Presidency if both Trump and Pence become incapacitated.

Britain recently suffered through a trauma at the top after Prime Minister Boris Johnson came down with Covid-19 and was hospitalised in an intensive care unit. He nominated Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to stand in for him and has since recovered and returned to work.

Both Trump and Pence have minimised their risks and have not worn masks, but have increased the frequency of tests.

"Now we're going to go testing once a day," Trump said on Thursday after his valet's infection was revealed.

He added, "But even when you test once a day, somebody could -- something happens where they catch something."

The White House has been giving the newly-available rapid tests to those who come into contact with the President, including those who attend meetings he is present in.

The self-quarantine quarantine of three persons from the task force comes as the powerful panel that steered the nation through its response to the pandemic is under a cloud of uncertainity.

 

Indian Govt revises patient discharge policy: Severe Covid cases will have to test negative through RT-PCR
09-05-2020 18:25

The Indian Health Ministry said on Saturday the Covid-19 patients severely ill will have to test negative through RT-PCR test before discharge from a hospital. This decision is part of the revised discharge policy issued by the government for Covid-19 patients.

The ministry said, "The revised discharge policy is aligned with the guidelines on the 3-tier COVID facilities and the categorization of the patients based on clinical severity."

Patients having mild, very mild and pre-symptomatic and also moderate cases of Covid-19 do not require the RT-PCR test before discharge.

According to the ministry's revised policy, the discharge criteria for severe cases, including immunocompromised like HIV patients, transplant patients and those having malignancy, will be based on recovery and patient tested negative once by RT-PCR (after resolution of symptoms).

The total number of cases Covid-19 cases in the country is 59,662 and 1,981 deaths have been reported so far. Since Friday, 95 deaths were reported and 3,320 new cases have been recorded.

Cases clinically classified as "moderate" will undergo monitoring of body temperature and oxygen saturation. "If fever resolves within three days and the patient maintains saturation above 95 per cent for the next four days (without oxygen support), such a patient will be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset in case of absence of fever without antipyretics, resolution of breathlessness and no oxygen requirement. There will be no need for testing prior to discharge," the ministry said.

At the time of discharge, patients will be advised to follow home isolation for seven days as per the guidelines.

"Patients on oxygenation whose fever does not resolve within 3 days and demand of oxygen therapy continues, will be discharged only after resolution of clinical symptoms and their ability to maintain oxygen saturation for 3 consecutive days", said the ministry.

"Mild/very mild/pre-symptomatic cases admitted to a COVID Care Facility will undergo regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring. The patient can be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for 3 days. There will be no need for testing prior to discharge. At the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to follow home isolation for further 7 days", said the guidelines.

At any point of time, prior to discharge, if the oxygen saturation dips below 95%, the patient will be moved to Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC). "After discharge from the facility, if he/she again develops symptoms of fever, cough or breathing difficulty he will contact the COVID Care Centre or State helpline or 1075. His/her health will again be followed up through tele-conference on the 14th day", said the policy.

 

COVID-19 patients lose sense of smell by third day of infection: CDC
09-05-2020 11:35

Loss of taste or smell is now among the new coronavirus symptoms that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added to its official list and now, a new study says that loss of the sense of smell is most likely to occur by the third day of infection with the novel coronavirus.

Most of these patients are also experiencing a loss of the sense of taste, said a researcher from University of Cincinnati.

The study also found that younger patients and women were also more likely to experience a decreased loss of smell.

"We also found that the severity of the loss of smell is correlated with how bad your other COVID-19 symptoms will be. If the anosmia, also known as loss of smell, is worse, the patients reported worse shortness of breath and more severe fever and cough," said Ahmad Sedaghat, associate professor in the UC College of Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The study examined characteristics and symptoms of 103 patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 over a six-week period at Kantonsspital Aarau in Aarau, Switzerland.

Patients were asked how many days they had COVID-19 symptoms and also asked to describe the timing and severity of loss or reduced sense of smell along with other symptoms.

At least 61 per cent of the patients reported reduced or lost sense of smell, said Sedaghat.

The mean onset for reduction or loss in the sense of smell was 3.4 days.

"The relationship between decreased sense of smell and the rest of the COVID-19 is something to be aware of. If someone has a decreased sense of smell with COVID-19 we know they are within the first week of the disease course and there is still another week or two to expect," suggested Sedaghat.

Sedaghat said experimental antiviral drug, remdesivir, developed by Gilead Sciences to initially treat Ebola, is showing some promise in treating COVID-19 patients.

"Antiviral medications have historically worked best when given early during a viral infection. The same is hypothesized to be true for remdesivir," said Sedaghat.

"Once remdesivir becomes more widely available, decreased sense of smell may therefore identify patients who would be excellent candidates for the medication," said the study available online in the scholarly journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The loss of smell is an indicator of COVID-19 but it's not the only factor.

‘When you start to experience serious symptoms of COVID-19 which include shortness of breath and respiratory distress, that's when you should become alarmed," he added.

 

Indian regulator SEBI sanitizing its HQ after officer tests positive for coronavirus
08-05-2020 17:35

Markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is sanitizing its office buildings in Bandra Kurla complex after one of its officers "reportedly" tested positive for COVID-19.

SEBI said in statement that since lockdown has been announced, it has been taking all precautionary measures including those announced by Central and State Governments.

"After one if it's officers reportedly tested positive for Covid 19 yesterday evening, SEBI is taking further required action as per the protocol including sanitisation of its office buildings in BKC. SEBI continues to function uninterruptedly," the statement said.

SEBI has assured that its functioning is uninterrupted by the sanitization and other measures. The SEBI head office is located in BKC.

 

3,390 cases, 103 deaths in 24 hours takes India tally to 56,342
08-05-2020 12:55

Despite hundreds of districts said to be corona free for sometime, India on Friday recorded a surge in the number of positive cases taking its tally to 56,342 as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Delhi continued to pile up cases.

According to the Union Health Ministry of the total cases, 37,916 are active while 1,886 people have lost their lives. There were 3,390 people to tested positive in just 24 hours while 103 died in the same time.

A total of 16,593 have also recovered as India undergoes the third-phase of the nation-wide lockdown as the shutdown period touched Day 45. A total of 111 foreign nationals and one migrated patient is included in the tally, said the Health Ministry.

According to the ministry, Andaman-Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Manipur remain corona-free while the number in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 1,847, out of which 780 have been discharged from the hospital, and reached 38 have died.

As of Friday morning, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Assam has increased to 54, out of which 34 have been discharged from hospitals. So far, only one has succumbed to the disease. In West Bengal the figure has reached 1,548, 364 have been discharged and 151 have died so far -- the fatality rate has been high in the state.

The number of positive cases in Bihar has reached 550, of which 246 have been discharged. Five have died so far. While, in Chandigarh, the virus-count has reached 135 out of which 21 were discharged and one has died.

In Chhattisgarh, the total tally has reached 59, of which 38 have been discharged. Whereas, in Dadra and Nagar Haveli only one COVID-19 case has been reported so far.

Maharashtra continues to top the tally with 17,974 cases and 694 fatalities, while 3,301 people were cured in the state. It is followed by Gujarat with 7,012 cases and 425 deaths and 1,709 recovered.

There are at least 5,980 cases in the national capital with 1,931 recoveries and 66 deaths. Other states which saw an increased number of cases are Tamil Nadu (5,409), Rajasthan (3,427), Madhya Pradesh (3,252) and Uttar Pradesh (3,071).

The COVID-19 count in Haryana has reached 625, while 260 have been discharged. The state has reported seven deaths so far. In Himachal Pradesh the figure has increased to 46, 38 have been discharged, and two have died.

The number of people infected with Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 793, of which 335 have been discharged and nine have died.

As many as 132 cases have been reported in Jharkhand so far -- 41 were discharged and three have died. The figure has reached 705 in Karnataka, 366 was discharged and 30 have died.

In Kerala, this figure has reached 530, with 474 been discharged from hospital and four have died. In Ladakh, the figure has gone up to 42 by Friday morning while 17 have been discharged from the hospital.

There have been 12 cases in Meghalaya, 10 were discharged and one has died. So far only 1 case has been registered in Mizoram. There have been 219 cases in Orissa, 62 have been discharged. Two have died.

The number of people infected with the virus in Puducherry is 9.

Meanwhile, 1,644 people have been reported to be suffering from the virus in Punjab, out of which 149 have been discharged, 28 have died.

In Telangana the figure has reached 1,123, out of which 650 have been discharged and 29 have died.

The number of corona victims in Tripura reached 65 by Friday morning, of which two have been discharged from the hospital so far.

Uttarakhand has reported 61 COVID-19 cases, out of which 39 have been discharged and one has died.

 

Angela Merkel announces easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Germany
07-05-2020 10:20

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that COVID-19 restrictions in the country would be eased while minimum social distance and hygiene rules would continue to apply.

"I think we can say that we have passed the first phase of the pandemic," Merkel said on Wednesday after a telephone conference with minister-presidents of federal states.

The Chancellor said that the current figures released by Germany's disease control agency RKI were "very pleasing" and German citizens had "lived responsibly and thus saved the lives of other people", reports Xinhua news agency.

Merkel confirmed an "emergency mechanism" which would be triggered if more than 50 new infections over seven days per 100,000 inhabitants were locally detected in a certain region.

If such rates were measured, the affected federal states would be required to reintroduce stricter measures, although states would be allowed to decide how exactly the measures would look like.

A minimum distance of 1.5 metres and obligatory face masks in certain places such as public transport would continue to exist, and the contact restrictions in Germany would remain in force until June 5.

However, the contact restriction on people within the same household was eased.

People from two households, such as two families, two couples or members of shared flats, were now allowed to meet each other.

In addition, emergency care in German schools and day-care centers were to be expanded "because children rightly want to return to their normal lives", said Merkel, stressing that the process was ongoing.

A complete visitation ban in nursing homes for older people was also lifted.

Now a permanent contact person was again permitted to visit relatives in such institutions.

Bavaria on Tuesday announced its schedule for a gradual reopening, ahead of the telephone conference between Merkel and federal state leaders.

The state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also announced plans to lift restrictions on Tuesday.

On Monday, Lower Saxony became the first German state to present a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions.

So far, Germany has reported 168,162 COVID-19 cases, with 7,275 deaths.

 

COVID-19 cases reach 52,952 in India, death toll 1,783
07-05-2020 09:15

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country mounted to 52,952 on Thursday evening, with 3,561 new cases and 89 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry stated.

Of the total cases, 35,902 are the active cases, 15,266 people have recovered, and 1,783 people have succumbed to the disease.

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with a total number of cases rising to 16,758, followed by Gujarat which reported 6,625 cases and Delhi with 5,532 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

Maharashtra has also recorded 651 deaths, the highest number of casualties among all the states.

 

Corona tally surges to 49,391 in India, death toll 1,694
06-05-2020 10:00

With 2,958 new cases and 126 new fatalities, India's coronavirus count on Wednesday climbed to 49,391, said the Health Ministry.

In a morning update, the Health Ministry said that of the total number 33,514 are active cases, and 1,694 fatalities have been reported so far.

At least 14,182 people have been cured and discharged from the hospital while one person has migrated to another country.

Maharashtra reported most number of cases 15,525 and 617 fatalities followed by Gujarat with total 6,245 cases and 368 deaths. The national capital reported 5,104 cases and 64 deaths so far. States which saw a sharp rise in the COVID cases are Tamil Nadu (4,058), Rajasthan (3,158) and Madhya Pradesh (3,049).

The Union Territory Dadar Nagar Haveli entered the list with its first case. No cases had ever been reported from here so far.

The Northeastern state Tripura reported a sudden spike in the cases and has 43 cases now and has equal number of cases as another Northeast state Assam.

Other states which reported a significant number of cases are Uttar Pradesh (2,880), Andhra Pradesh (1,717), West Bengal (1,344) and Telangana (1,096).

States that reported more than 500 cases are Bihar (536), Haryana (548), Jammu and Kashmir (741), Karnataka (671) and Kerala (502).

 

India COVID-19 tally reaches 42,533, Over 1,070 recovered in past 4 hours
04-05-2020 09:30

With 2,553 new cases and 72 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 42,533 on Monday morning, the Union Health Ministry said.

Of the total cases, 29453 are active, 11,706 people have recovered, and 1,373 people have succumbed to the disease. At least 1,074 people have recovered from the highly contagious COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with the total number of cases rising to 12,974 and 548 deaths, though 2,115 people have recovered from the deadly virus.

Gujarat has reported 5,428 cases so far followed by Delhi with 4,549 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

The other states which have seen a sharp rise in cases are Madhya Pradesh (2,846), Rajasthan (2,886), Tamil Nadu (3,023) and Uttar Pradesh (2,645).

Maharashtra has the highest number of fatalities, among all the states, followed by Gujarat with 290 deaths, Madhya Pradesh 156, Rajasthan 71 and Delhi 64.

Among other major states, Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,583 cases and 33 deaths so far, Bihar 503 cases and four deaths, Haryana 442 and five deaths, Jammu and Kashmir 701 cases and eight deaths, Karnataka 614 and 25 deaths and Kerala 500 cases and four deaths.

The states which have reported less than 10 cases are Tripura, Mizoram, Puducherry, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

 

India COVID-19 tally reaches 35,043, deaths touch 1,147
01-05-2020 09:35

With 1993 new cases and 73 new fatalities in 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 35,043 on Friday morning, the Union Health Ministry said.

Of the total cases, 25,007 are active, 8888 people have recovered, and 1,147 people have succumbed to the disease.

The total tally includes 111 foreign nationals, the Health Ministry said.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with the total number of cases rising to 10,498 with 459 deaths, however, 1,773 people also recovered from the deadly virus.

Gujarat was the next, which reported 4,395 cases so far followed by Delhi with 3,515 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

The other states which have seen sharp rise in cases are Madhya Pradesh (2,660), Rajasthan (2,584), Tamil Nadu (2,323) and Uttar Pradesh (2,203).

Maharashtra recorded 459 deaths, the highest number of fatalities among all the states. The western state is followed by Gujarat at 214 deaths, Madhya Pradesh at 137 and Delhi at 59 deaths.

Among other major states, Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,403 cases while 31 have died, Bihar stood at 418 cases with two deaths, Haryana 313 and three deaths, Jammu and Kashmir at 614 cases and eight deaths, Karnataka at 565 and 21 deaths and Kerala was docked at 497 cases and four deaths.

States which have reported less than 10 cases are Tripura, Mizoram, Puducherry, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Recovery rate rises to 25.19% in India; Doubling rate increases to 11 days: Health Ministry
30-04-2020 17:15

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday that the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has increased to 25.19 per cent, while the doubling rate of positive coronavirus cases has gone up to 11 days.

As per the Health Ministry, 1,718 new cases were reported from across the country since Wednesday.

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry, said, "Total cases in the country stand at 33,050. Of them, 23,651 are under active medical supervision. The recovery rate has improved from 13.06 per cent to 25.19 per cent in 14 days, which is a positive sign."

Detailing the increase in the doubling rate, Agarwal said that before the nationwide lockdown was imposed, the rate of doubling of cases was 3.4 days, which has now increased to 11 days.

The Health Ministry said that while 1,718 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, 630 patients have been cured during this period. In total, 8,324 people have been cured so far, while 1,074 persons have succumbed to the dreaded virus.

Detailing on the states/UTs which have reported better than the national average of doubling of cases, Agarwal said, "States whose doubling rate is better than the national average are Delhi (11.3 days), Uttar Pradesh (12 days), Jammu & Kashmir (12.2 days), Odisha (13 days), Rajasthan (17.8 days), Tamil Nadu (19.1 days) and Punjab (19.5 days).

States/UTs with doubling rate of 20 to 40 days are Karnataka (21.6 days), Ladakh (24.2 days), Haryana (24.4 days), Uttarakhand (30.3 days) and Kerala (37.5 days).

States with doubling rate of above 40 days are Assam (59 days), Telangana (70.8 days), Chhattisgarh (89.7 days) and Himachal Pradesh (191.6 days).

"The current mortality rate is 3.2 per cent of which 65 per cent are males and 35 per cent are females," Agarwal said.

The Health Ministry has requested the states to ensure that non-Covid related essential services are provided to the people, including immunisation, maternal and child health services, services to prevent communicable and non-communicable diseases etc.

 

With 1,718 new cases, India's corona tally rises to 33,050
30-04-2020 09:50

With 1,718 new cases and 67 new fatalities in 24 hours, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country climbed to 33,050 on Thursday morning, the Union Health Ministry said.

Of the total cases, 23,651 are active, 8,324 people have recovered, and 1,074 people have succumbed to the disease.

The total tally includes 111 foreign nationals, the Health Ministry said.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with the total number of cases rising to 9,915, with 432 deaths, however, 1,593 people also recovered from the deadly virus. Gujarat was the next which reported 4,082 cases so far followed by Delhi which has reported 3439 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

The other states which have seen sharp rise in cases are Madhya Pradesh (2,561), Rajasthan (2,438), Tamil Nadu (2,162) and Uttar Pradesh (2,134).

Maharashtra recorded 432 deaths, the highest number of fatalities among all the states. The western state is followed by Gujarat at 197 deaths, Madhya Pradesh at 129 and Delhi at 56 deaths.

Among other major states, Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,332 cases while 31 have died, Bihar stood at 392 cases with two deaths, Haryana 310 and three deaths, Jammu and Kashmir at 581 cases and eight deaths, Karnataka at 535 and 21 deaths and Kerala was docked at 495 cases and four deaths.

States which have reported less than 10 cases are Tripura, Mizoram, Puducherry, Manipur, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh.

 

India reports 31,787 Covid-19 cases,7,796 recoveries & 1,008 deaths
29-04-2020 18:10

With 1,813 cases and 71 deaths in the last 24 hours, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country mounted to 31,787 on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said here.

While 22,982 are active cases, 7,796 people have recovered, and 1,008 people succumbed to Covid-19.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with number of cases rising to 9.318, followed by Gujarat (3,774) and Delhi (3,314), according to the Ministry.

Maharashtra has also recorded 400 deaths, the highest number of casualties among all the states.

Other states that have crossed the 2,000-mark are Madhya Pradesh (2,561), Rajasthan (2,364), Tamil Nadu (2,058) and Uttar Pradesh (2,115).

Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,332 cases and 31 deaths; Bihar, 383 cases and two deaths; Haryana, 310 cases and 3 deaths; Jammu and Kashmir, 565 cases and 8 deaths; Karnataka 532 cases and 20 deaths; and Kerala 486 cases and four deaths.

Tripura, Mizoram, Puducherry, Manipur, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh have reported less than 10 cases.

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases across the globe has crossed the 3 million-mark and toll has crossed 200,000.

 

Covid-19 tally rises to 31,332 in India, 7,695 recoveries and 1007 deaths
29-04-2020 09:25

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country climbed to 31,332 on Wednesday morning, the Union Health Ministry said. Of the total cases, 22,629 are active, 7,695 people have recovered, and 1007 people have succumbed to the disease.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with the total number of cases rising to 9,318, with 400 deaths and 1,388 people recovering from the deadly virus. Gujarat was the next which has reported 3,744 cases so far followed by Delhi which has reported 3,314 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

The other states which have seen sharp rise in cases are Madhya Pradesh (2,387), Rajasthan (2,364), Tamil Nadu (2,058) and Uttar Pradesh (2,053).

Maharashtra has recorded 400 deaths, the highest number of fatalities among all the states. The western state is followed by Gujarat at 181 deaths, Madhya Pradesh at 120 and New Delhi at 54 deaths.

Among other major states, Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,259 while 31 have died, Bihar stood at 366 cases and two deaths, Haryana 310 and three deaths, Jammu and Kashmir at 565 cases and eight deaths, Karnataka at 523 and 20 deaths and Kerala was docked at 485 cases and four deaths.

States which have reported less than 10 cases are Tripura, Mizoram, Puducherry, Manipur, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh.

 

Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune among 15 critical Covid-19 battlegrounds in India
28-04-2020 14:58

Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Jaipur, Indore, Ahmedabad and Mumbai are among the top 15 districts which have been marked at "high case load districts" in terms of COVID-19 spread, says a government assessment clarifying India's decisive fight against the deadly pandemic.

Besides these seven which show particularly "high case volumes", others have been marked as critical districts. These are Vadodara and Surat in Gujarat, Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Thane (Maharashtra) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).

As per the report collated on the basis of information received from all states and Union Territories (UTs), Gujarat and Maharashtra are the only states where three districts in each are in "critical" situation as the deadly disease has claimed 162 lives and 3,548 confirmed cases there as per Ministry Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) current data.

Gujarat's Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat districts and Maharashtra's Thane, Pune and Mumbai are declared "critical" COVID-19 zones by the central government.

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with two districts each are mentioned in the list with Bhopal and Indore, and Jodhpur and Jaipur respectively as critical hotspots.

Among the "high case volume districts", Union Territory of Delhi with 100 per cent contribution to "state caseload" and 12.62 per cent contribution to "India caseload" is passing through most crucial phase in the fight against the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic amid reports of 54 deaths and 3,108 confirmed infected cases, the data said.

Ahmedabad in Gujarat is second in terms of contribution to state caseload estimated 66.07 per cent and 9.43 per cent to India caseload; followed by Hyderabad (Telangana) with 55.64 per cent state caseload and 2.41 India caseload and Indore with 49.57 per cent state caseload and 4.48 per cent India caseload contribution.

Jaipur with 36.98 per cent state caseload and 3.49 per cent India caseload COVID-19 contribution is on the fifth position in terms of "high case volumes" followed by Mumbai with 33.30 per cent state caseload and 11.62 per cent India case load contribution; and Pune with 8.45 per cent state caseload and 2.95 per cent India case load.

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, which has mentioned that the country is passing through a "turbulent time", in his tweet said: "These 15 districts are critical in our battle against COVID-19. Of them, seven show particularly high case volumes."

"India's success in battling COVID-19 is dependent on them. We must aggressively monitor, contain, test and treat in these districts! We must win here."

Kant said if we carefully observe the daily and weekly case growth rates in high caseload states in conjunction, it is "encouraging" that Telangana is showing noticeable improvement.

"All these states must now follow the trajectory of Kerala which shows clear and sharp decline.

"The central government has set up 11 Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs), led by the Additional Secretary level officers, to monitor implementation of lockdown, supply of essential goods and other related issues.

"These teams have already been visiting in most of these 15 districts -- Ahmedabad, Thane, Hyderabad, Chennai, Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, and Kolkata, Howrah, Medinipur East, 24 Parganas North, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri in West Bengal where the situation is considered 'especially serious'.

"These teams were constituted in exercise of powers conferred under the Disaster Management Act 2005 with an aim to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission and lead India win battle against the virus which have affected across the globe with over 2 lakh deaths and more than 30 lakh infected patients.

 

COVID-19 tally in India mounts to 29,435 with 1,543 new cases
28-04-2020 10:10

India on Tuesday saw the highest spike in the cases of coronavirus. With 1,543 new cases and 62 new deaths the total number of cases of novel coronavirus in India mounted to 29,435.

In a morning update the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that of the total cases, at least 21,632 are active cases, and 934 deaths have been reported so far. A total of 6,868 people have recovered from the disease while one person migrated to another country.

The total number includes 111 foreign nationals, said the Health Ministry.

In Maharashtra, total case count crossed 8,000-mark and stood at 8,590 with 369 casualties. Gujarat after Maharashtra remained badly affected from COVID-19 with 3,548 cases and 162 fatalities. The National Capital reported at least 3,108 cases and 54 deaths so far according to the Health Ministry data.

Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh crossed 2,000-mark with 2,262 and 2,168 cases respectively.

In Uttar Pradesh there are at least 1,955 cases while in Tamil Nadu there are 1,937 cases so far.

States which reported more than 1,000 cases are Telangana (1,004) and Andhra Pradesh (1,183).

Other states and UTs that have reported cases of novel coronavirus are West Bengal (697), Punjab (313), Odisha (118), Kerala (481), Jammu and Kashmir (546), Karnataka (512) Haryana (296), Bihar (345), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (33), Assam (36), Chandigarh (40), Chhattisgarh (37), Uttarakhand (51), Himachal Pradesh (40), Jharkhand (82), Ladakh (20), Manipur (2), Arunachal Pradesh (1), Meghalaya (12), Mizoram (1), Puducherry (8), Tripura (2). Goa reported 7 cases so far, all individuals have recovered.

 

India records 1,463 fresh Covid-19 cases, 60 deaths in past 24 hours
27-04-2020 18:55

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country mounted to 28,380 as on Monday evening, with 1,463 cases and 60 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said.

Of the total cases, 21,132 are active cases, 6,361 people have recovered, and 886 people have succumbed to the disease.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with a total number of cases rising to 8,068, followed by Gujarat which reported 3,301 cases and Delhi which has reported 2,981 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

Besides the trio, other states which have crossed the 1,500 mark are Madhya Pradesh (2,168), Rajasthan (2,185), Tamil Nadu (1,885) and Uttar Pradesh (1,955).

Maharashtra has recorded 342 deaths, the highest number of fatalities among all the states. The western state is followed by its neighbour, Gujarat at 151, other neighbour, Madhya Pradesh at 106 and New Delhi at 54.

Among other major states, Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,177 and 31 deaths, Bihar stood at 277 cases and two deaths, Haryana at 289 and three deaths, Jammu and Kashmir at 523 cases and six deaths, Karnataka at 511 and 20 deaths and Kerala docked 469 cases and four deaths.

States which have reported less than 10 cases are Tripura, Mizoram, Puducherry, Manipur, Goa and Arunanchal Pradesh.

On the global front, the total number of cases have crossed 2.9 million mark and over two lakh people have died till now.

 

India's Total Cases Reach 27,892 with 6,184 Recoveries & 872 Deaths
27-04-2020 09:25

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 27,892, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday.

In a morning update, the Health Ministry said, of the total cases at least 20,835 are active. A total of 6,184 individuals have been cured and discharged while 872 people lost their lives. One person migrated to other country.

The state of Maharashtra remains the worst hit with 8,068 cases and 342 fatalities, followed by Gujarat with 3301 cases and 151 deaths and Delhi with 2,918 cases and 54 casualties, according to the Health Ministry data.

COVID-19 cases spiked up to 2,185 in Rajasthan and 2,096 in Madhya Pradesh.

States where the cases crossed 1,000 mark are Tamil Nadu (1,885), Uttar Pradesh (1,868), Telengana (1,002) and Andhra Pradesh (1,097).

Other states and UTs that have reported cases of novel coronavirus are -- West Bengal (649), Punjab (313), Karnataka (503), Jammu and Kashmir (523), Kerala (458), Haryana (289), Bihar (274), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (33), Chandigarh (30), Chhattisgarh (37), Jharkhand (82), Ladakh (20), Odisha (103), Puducherry (7), Himachal Pradesh (40) and Uttarakhand (50).

 

24,506, Covid cases reported so far in India, 5,062 cured, 775 died
25-04-2020 11:20

The total number of coronavirus cases in India reached 24,506 on Saturday, including foreign nationals, with 18,668 active cases, while the death toll has increased to 775, the Union Health Ministry said.

The Health Ministry said in its daily update that of the 775 deaths, the highest -- 301 -- was reported from Maharashtra, followed by Gujarat with 127 fatalities.

"A total of 5,062 patients have been cured and discharged," the Ministry said.

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with total number of positive cases rising to 6,817, followed by Gujarat at 2,815 cases, Delhi at 2,514 cases and Rajasthan at 2,034 cases, according to the data.

In Andman Nicobar island, the total number of cases has risen to 127 out of which 11 have been cured and discharged.

Andhra Pradesh has reported 955 cases, 145 cured and 29 deaths. Assam has 36 cases of coronavirus positive cases, while 19 have been cured with 1 death.

Chandigarh has reported only 27 cases with 14 recoveries and Chhattisgarh has only 36 cases so far with 30 people recovered from the virus. The state has only six active cases now.

Delhi has witnessed continuous rise in coronavirus cases. The state has reported 2514 cases out of which 857 have been cured and 53 people have died so far.

Gujarat continues to report rise in cases. The total number has gone up to 2815 with 265 recoveries and 127 deaths.

Haryana has 272 cases with 156 recoveries and three deaths. No new cases were reported in Himachal Pradesh where the tally still stands at 40 with 18 recoveries.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the total number of cases has gone up to 454 out of which 109 discharges and 5 deaths.

Jharkhand has reported 57 cases so far with 8 recoveries and 3 deaths.

Karnataka's tally has risen to 474 out of which 152 have been cured and discharged, while 18 people have died in the state due to coronavirus.

Kerala has reported 450 cases, out of which 331 have been discharged while 3 people have died in the state.

Madhya Pradesh has seen big spike in coronavirus positive cases. The state's tally has climbed to 1852, while 210 have recovered and 92 people have died of the disease so far.

Maharashtra tops with 6817 corona positive cases while 840 people have recovered and death toll at staggering 301, according to the latest information.

Rajasthan has also seen a sharp rise in cases. The tally has gone up to 2034, while 230 patients have been cured and 27 people have died in the state so far.

Tamil Nadu has reported 1755 cases so far out of which 866 have recovererd and 22 people have died of the disease in the state so far.

Telangana's tally has gone up to 984 out of which 253 have been cured and 26 people have died.

The total number of infected cases in Uttar Pradesh is 1621 while 247 have been discharged and 25 people have died so far.

In West Bengal, 571 people are infected with the disease out of which 103 have been discharged and 18 have died.

 

Trump signs $ 484 billion relief bill to aid small businesses, hospitals in the US
25-04-2020 09:40

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a $ 484 billion relief package to boost funding for small businesses, hospitals and virus testing, as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.

The bill will be "great for small businesses, great for the workers", Trump told reporters on Friday the signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Republican lawmakers.

The latest relief bill expands funding for saving small businesses and protecting Americans' paychecks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Twitter shortly after the signing, noting that it also strengthens support for hospitals, healthcare providers, and testing, reports Xinhua news agency.

The package will provide more than $310 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to boost small business lending, $60 billion for small business disaster assistance loans and grants, as well as $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for virus testing.

The PPP, designed to provide loans for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic, ran out of money last week.

In a previously approved $2.2 trillion relief package, $349 billion had been allocated to fund the PPP.

About 80 per cent of PPP applicants said they are still waiting, and many do not know where they are in the application process, according to a survey released earlier this week by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on Thursday at a White House briefing that 4.93 million tests having been performed across the country so far.

According to a data-tracking tool developed by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, 890,524 cases have been confirmed across the US, with 51,017 deaths.

Anthony Fauci, the administration's top infectious diseases expert, said in a recent interview with Time magazine that the United States needs to "significantly ramp up" its testing capacity in order to effectively contain the spread of the virus.

In a tweet Friday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, urged the administration to deliver a concrete, nationwide strategy to expand testing.

The signing ceremony came one day after the House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 388-5.

On Tuesday, the Senate swiftly cleared the legislation in a voice vote.

Calling the new bill "an interim emergency funding package", Democratic leaders have said they are disappointed that the administration has not agreed to more funding for state, tribal and local governments on the front lines of this crisis, pledging to advance a larger bill in the near future.

 

Dietary supplements important weapon for fighting off COVID-19
24-04-2020 16:10

Supplements containing vitamins C and D and other micronutrients are a safe, effective and low-cost means of helping your immune system fight off COVID-19 and other acute respiratory tract diseases, say researchers.

According to the study, published in the journal Nutrients, public health officials should issue a clear set of nutritional recommendations to complement messages about the role of handwashing and vaccinations in preventing the spread of infections.

"There's a wealth of data that shows the role that good nutrition plays in supporting the immune system. As a society, we need to be doing a better job of getting that message across along with the other important, more common messages," said study researcher Adrian Gombart from Oregon State University in the US.

Specific vitamins, minerals and fatty acids have key jobs to play in helping your immune system, Gombart said. In particular vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, docosahexaenoic acid, also known as DHA, are critical for immune function.

The roles that vitamins C and D play in immunity are particularly well known.

According to the researchers, vitamin C has roles in several aspects of immunity, including the growth and function of immune cells and antibody production.

"Vitamin D receptors on immune cells also affect their function. This means that vitamin D profoundly influences your response to infections," Gombart said.

"The problem is that people simply aren't eating enough of these nutrients. This could destroy your resistance to infections. Consequently, we will see an increase in disease and all of the extra burdens that go along with that increase," he added.

That's why the researchers are urging not only a daily multivitamin, but doses of 200 milligrams or more of vitamin C (higher than the suggested federal guidelines of 75 milligrams for men and 50 for women) and 2,000 international units of vitamin D, rather than the 400 to 800 recommended depending on age.

There is no doubt that vaccines, when available, can be effective, but they're not foolproof, Athe researchers noted.The other collaborators of the study were the University of Southampton (United Kingdom), the University of Otago (New Zealand) and University Medical Center (The Netherlands).

 

Corona tally reaches 23,077 in India, 718 deaths
24-04-2020 09:47

With 1,684 new cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases crossed the 23,000 mark on Friday morning. The number stood at 23,077 and 718 people have died so far, said the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.

The health ministry in the morning update said that of the total cases, 17610 cases are still active.

"At least 4,748 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospital while one person has migrated," said the Ministry, adding that there are at least 77 foreign nationals in the country who are affected with the disease.

The COVID-19 situation continued to be grim in Maharashtra with 14 deaths and 778 new cases as on Thursday night, leaving other seriously hit states or union territories like Delhi, Telangana or Tamil Nadu far behind. With this, the state's total fatalities shot up from 269 on Wednesday to 283 on Friday morning. The number of COVID-19 patients jumped to 6,430 on Friday.

The national capital has seen 2,376 cases of COVID-19 with 50 fatalities.

Rajasthan has witnessed 1,964 cases and 27 deaths while Tamil Nadu has seen 1,683 cases and 20 deaths so far. Gujarat too had seen a rise in numbers taking the total cases to 2,624. There has been 112 deaths in the state.

 

No exponential rise in Covid-19 cases in India; 1,409 cases in 24 hrs: Centre
23-04-2020 17:52

The Centre said on Thursday that the rise in coronavirus cases in the country has been more or less linear, not exponential.

The country is experiencing 4.5 per cent positive cases among the tested people, which are similar to the situation a month ago before the lockdown was imposed, added the Centre.

"No new case of Covid-19 was reported from 78 districts in the last 14 days. A total of 388 patients were cured in one day, the recovery rate is 19.89 per cent. There are 33 new districts in nine states from where no new case was reported in the last 14 days," said Luv Agarwal, Joint Secretary at the Union Health Ministry.

The total number of confirmed cases in India is 21,393. While 4,257 people have been cured so far, 681 persons have succumbed to the dreaded virus. The number of active cases in the country is 16,454. In the last 24 hours, 1,409 positive cases were reported from across the country.

C.K. Mishra, Chairman of Empowered Group 2, said, "On March 23, we had done 14,915 tests across the country and on April 22, we did more than 5 lakh tests, and as per a rough calculation, we have scaled up nearly 33 times in 30 days. We need to consistently ramp up testing."

Mishra said the focus of the government is on the districts.

"Our focus is on the districts now. The way positive cases moved in India, the growth is more or less linear and not exponential. Certain strategies are in work to contain it to a particular level. Beyond this, looking at the story of positive cases in these 30 days, we are more or less in the same position where we were one month ago. Among those tested, 4.5 per cent cases have returned positive," added Mishra.

He insisted that through the lockdown, the government has been able to minimise the spread of the viral infection, cut the transmission rate and increase the number of days in doubling of the cases.

 

Beijing denies permission to US to visit China to probe Covid-19 origin
23-04-2020 16:40

Beijing has denied permission to American scientists to visit Wuhan Institute of Virology or any other part of China to investigate the origin of the novel coronavirus.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo revealed this on Wednesday while speaking to Fox News about why greater transparency from the Xi Jinping government was required.

"Even today, the Chinese government hasn't permitted American scientists to go into China, to go into not only the Wuhan lab but wherever it needs to go to learn about this virus, to learn about its origins," Pompeo told the news channel.

Reiterating that the Trump administration has information about it, he said, "Look, we know it began at onea, but we need to figure this out. There's an ongoing pandemic. We still don't have the transparency and openness we need in China."

"It is the World Health Organization's (WHO) responsibility to achieve that transparency. They're not doing it. They need to be held accountable," Pompeo said adding, that it has been "great to see other countries around the world to begin to recognize the WHO failures as well."

The US secretary of state said the WHO needs structural changes including stepping down of its chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "Or even more than that. It may be the case that the United States can never return to underwriting, having U.S. taxpayer dollars go to the WHO. We may need to be have even bolder change than that," he said.

Last week, President Donald Trump said that the US will halt all funding of the WHO arguing that the organization had given precedence to "political correctness over lifesaving measures."

 

Corona cases in India mount to 21393, Over 680 deaths
23-04-2020 09:50

The total cases of COVID-19 in the country, including 77 foreign nationals mounted to 21393, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Of the total cases at least 16,454 are active cases, 4,257 people have recovered and 681 people have lost their lives.

Maharashtra reported 5,652 cases and 269 fatalities so far, followed by Gujarat with 2,407 cases and 103 deaths and Delhi with 2,248 cases and 48 deaths.

Number of people who recovered in Maharashtra stands at 789. In the national capital, it is 724 and in Gujarat 179 people have recovered so far.

Other states which have more than 1500 cases are Rajasthan (1890), Tamil Nadu (1629) and Madhya Pradesh (1592).

 

Corona count in India 19,984; Almost 50 deaths in 24 hours
22-04-2020 17:10

The Union Health Ministry said a total of 19,984 people have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 across the country, and 3,870 people have been cured with a recovery rate of 19.36%.

In the past twenty-four hours, 1,383 new cases have surfaced and 50 new deaths have been reported, said the ministry.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has forwarded a protocol for using rapid antibody test to all states, saying that antibody rapid tests are largely to be used as a tool for surveillance.

"Globally also, the utility of this test is evolving and it is currently being used for detecting the formation of antibodies in individuals. These test results are also dependent on field conditions.

As noted by ICMR, these tests cannot replace the RT-PCR test to diagnose COVID-19 cases. The ICMR has promised assistance to collect data from various States to assess the scope and extent of utility of these rapid antibody test in field conditions. The ICMR will keep advising the states on a regular basis", said the Health Ministry in a statement.

The Centre will be conducting a telephonic survey where citizens will be contacted on their mobile phone from the number 1921. "This is a genuine survey. All citizens are requested to participate to help get proper feedback on the prevalence and distribution of COVID-19 symptoms", said a statement.

Taking cognizance of attacks on doctors involved in the fight against coronavirus outbreak, the Cabinet has recommended an ordinance to ensure the safety of the doctors under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. The Home has Minister assured deoctors and health workers that government would leave no stone unturned in ensuring their well-being and security.

 

Oxford University vaccine in human trials from Thursday: UK Health Secretary
21-04-2020 23:19

The UK government on Tuesday announced that the human trial of a potential COVID-19 candidate vaccine being developed by researchers at University of Oxford will begin from Thursday.

Scientists at the University of Oxford last week promised a super-fast vaccine during a virtual press conference, saying the vaccine will be available by September. According to lead researcher Professor Sarah Gilbert, their ‘ChAdOx1' vaccine can work against the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, during the daily press conference at 10 Downing Street, said the government will provide 20 million pounds to the Oxford research team to help fund their clinical trials, with a further 22.5 million pounds for researchers at Imperial College London, reports The Independent.

"The team have accelerated that trials process, working with the regulator the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency), who have been brilliant. As a result, I can announce that the vaccine from the Oxford project will be trialled in people from this Thursday," said Hancock.

In normal course of time, a vaccine takes anytime between 12-18 months.

What probably separates ChAdOx1 - known as recombinant viral vector vaccine - from the rest is the time it promises to take in order to deliver mass quantities.

Professor Andrew Pollard, a member of the Oxford team, told Sky News: "If you had a sailing wind and absolutely nothing goes wrong in all of that complex technical process and you have all the facilities available, you could have millions of doses by the autumn of this year".

In late March, Professor Gilbert received 2.2 million pounds as funding from the UK government for vaccine development and trials.

Researchers enrolled over 500 healthy volunteers to test if their vaccine can prevent the novel coronavirus.

The vaccine is an adenovirus vaccine vector and was developed at Oxford's Jenner Institute. Adenoviral vectors are a very well-studied vaccine type, having been used safely in thousands of participants, from 1 week to 90 years of age, in vaccines targeting over 10 different diseases.

According to Hancock, in the long run "the best way to defeat coronavirus is through a vaccine".

"This is a new disease, this is uncertain science, but I'm certain that we will throw everything we've got at developing a vaccine," he added.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) also pitched for the Oxford vaccine on Sunday, saying ‘ChAdOX1' is the frontrunner in the race to take on the deadly COVID-19 virus.

 

ICMR asks Indian states to stop using Chinese rapid test kits
21-04-2020 18:58

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), here on Tuesday, asked states to stop use of rapid testing kits of Covid-19 for at least two days as they were giving inaccurate results.

Addressing the media, ICMR Chief Scientist Raman Gangakhedkar said, "We had received complaints from one state on Monday. On Tuesday, we asked two more states if they also experienced the problem. The difference in results of RT-PCR positive samples is huge, 6 to 71 per cent, at some places. We have advised states to halt its use for two days."

A lot of variations were observed in results of positive samples, tested by RT-PCR which was not good, he said and added, the ICMR would be in a position to give any advisory in at least two days.

The reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a laboratory technique combining reverse transcription of RNA into DNA and amplification of specific DNA targets using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

The kits would be tested and validated by the on-ground teams instead of labs as Covid-19 was a new disease and the testing kits required to be refined, he said.

"We will deploy teams of our 8 institutes for on-ground validation of kits. If problems were found, those batches of kits would be sent to the manufacturing company for replacement," Gangakhedkar said.

The ICMR has received 500,000 rapid test kits from two Chinese companies - Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics.

When West Bengal accused the ICMR of sending faulty kits, it refuted the charges saying the kits should be stored in below 20 degree Celsius temperature to get accurate results. It also said if the variation in results was not big then there was no need to worry.

But now the ICMR has said any new observation about the testing kits would not be taken lightly and would be cross-checked thoroughly.

 

COVID-19 cases mount to 18,601 in India, 590 deaths
21-04-2020 09:34

With 1,336 new cases in last 24 hours, the total tally of COVID-19 cases stood at 18,601 on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said.

The health ministry in the morning update said that of the total cases, 14,759 are active cases, with 590 casualties.

"At least 3,252 people have been cured and discharged from the hospital while one person has migrated," said the Ministry, adding that there are at least 77 foreign nationals, affected with the disease.

Maharashtra continued to be the worst hit with 4,666 total cases, followed by Delhi with 2,081 cases and 47 fatalities. Rajaasthan has witnessed 1,576 cases and 25 deaths while Tamil Nadu has seen 1,520 cases and 17 deaths so far.

 

80% Covid-19 cases in India are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms: Health Ministry
20-04-2020 17:15

The Health Ministry on Monday warned that 80 per cent of all coronavirus patients are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms.

"On the basis of worldwide analysis, out of 100 coronavirus patients, 80 per cent are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms. Around 15 per cent patients turn into severe cases and five percent cases turn into critical cases," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, at the daily press briefing.

Raman Gangakhedkar, head of infectious disease and epidemiology at the ICMR, also said that 80 out of 100 people do not show symptoms and therefore chances are that they test positive.

The comments came against the backdrop of concerns that there may be asymptomatic people who are yet to be detected.

 

Coronavirus cases mount to 17,265 in India, 543 deaths
20-04-2020 09:46

With 1,553 new cases in 24 hours, the total tally of novel coronavirus cases stood at 17,265 on Monday, the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said.

The health ministry in morning update said that, of the total cases, 14,175 are active cases, with 543 casualties.

"At least 2,546 people have been cured and discharged from the hospital while one person has migrated," said the Ministry, adding "there are at least 77 foreign nationals, affected with the disease.

Maharashtra continued to be the worst hit with 4,203 cases and 223 deaths, followed by Delhi with 2,003 cases and 45 fatalities, Rajasthan (1,478 cases and 14 deaths) and Tamil Nadu (1,477 cases and 15 deaths)

 

China gets 130-billion-pound bill from Germany for corona damages
19-04-2020 23:28

China is facing a backlash from major European powers after suspicions over its role in the coronavirus pandemic which has caused 1 lakh deaths in Europe.

The Express UK reported that that a major German newspaper has put together a 130-billion-pound invoice that Beijing "owes" Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

European powers like Germany, France, the UK and the US have unleashed criticism at China after findings have surfaced that China may have covered up the outbreak.

Germany's largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, joined this attack by drawing up an itemised invoice for Euro 149 billion (130 billion pounds).

The list includes a Euro 27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, up to euro 7.2 billion for the German film industry, a million euros an hour for German airline Lufthansa and euro 50 billion for German small businesses.

Bild calculated that this amounts to euro 1,784 (1,550 pounds) per person if Germany's GDP falls by 4.2 per cent, under the title "What China owes us."

Express UK reported that China has responded by claiming the invoice "stirs up xenophobia and nationalism".

Bild Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt rebutted the criticism, saying: "We asked in our newspaper Bild whether China should pay for the massive economic damage the coronavirus is inflicting worldwide.

"Xi Jinping, your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it."

"Your top experts didn't respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan. You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace."

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump warned that China should face consequences if it was "knowingly responsible" for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump told reporters: "It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn't, and the whole world is suffering because of it.

"If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there should be consequences."

He said the Chinese were "embarrassed" and the question was whether what happened with the coronavirus was "a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?"
 

 

Wuhan lab intern accidentally leaked Covid-19 virus: US media
17-04-2020 16:15

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday acknowledged Fox News report that the novel coronavirus (nCoV) may have been accidentally leaked by an intern working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

The Fox News in an exclusive report based on unnamed sources has claimed that though the virus is a naturally occurring strain among bats and not a bioweapon, but it was being studied in Wuhan laboratory. The initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, the news channel said, adding that the "patient zero" worked at the laboratory. The lab employee was accidentally infected before spreading the disease among the common people outside the lab in Wuhan city.

The Wuhan wet market initially identified as the place of origin, Fox News said, never sold bats. However, China blamed the wet market to deflect blame from the laboratory, the report said.

The virus was being studied in the lab as an attempt by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to "demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States," Fox News said quoting multiple sources.

At the daily White House briefing of the US President on Wednesday, Fox News reporter John Roberts while asking Trump about the claims said, "Multiple sources are telling Fox News today that the United States now has high confidence that, while the coronavirus is a naturally occurring virus, it emanated from a virology lab in Wuhan, that, because of lax safety protocols, an intern was infected, who later infected her boyfriend, and then went to the wet market in Wuhan, where it then began to spread."

President Trump neither confirmed nor denied the report, but noted that "more and more we're hearing the story a" and we'll see." "We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened," the President added.

When pressed by Roberts about whether he had raised Chinese lab security in his recent call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump said, "I don't want to discuss what I talked to him about the laboratory. It's inappropriate right now."

The news channel said that China initially made efforts to cover up the outbreak. Quoting a source, the report said that this could be the "costliest government cover-up of all time." Sources also characterized the World Health Organization (WHO) as being part of a cover-up from the very beginning, the report said.

As per a recent Washington Post, two years ago, the US embassy officials in China raised concerns about the insufficient biosafety at the Chinese government's Wuhan Institute of Virology where deadly viruses and infectious diseases are studied.

Though the institute, located quite close to the Wuhan wet market, is China's first biosafety level IV lab, the US state department had warned in 2018 about "serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory".

 

Wuhan's revised COVID-19 death toll up by 50% to 3,869
17-04-2020 12:35

Wuhan city, the capital of China's Hubei province where the global coronavirus pandemic originated last December, on Friday revised the number of deaths caused by the disease in the city, leading to some 50 per cent increase in the figures.

The revised death toll is 3,869, which is 1,290 more than the 2,579 reported barely hours earlier by the National Health Commission, which had pegged the number of fatalities for Hubei province to 3,222, reports Efe news.

The Wuhan authorities have also revised the total number of COVID-19 cases, revealing another 325 previously unreported cases, which took the total number to 50,333, Xinhua news agency reported.

In an announcement, the Wuhan municipal headquarters for the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control said the revisions were made as per the laws and regulations concerned, and out of the principle of being responsible for history, the people and the deceased.

It added that this would ensure that the information on the city's COVID-19 epidemic was open and transparent, and the data accurate.

Moreover, it gave four reasons for the "discrepancies" in the figures.

The first reason was that "a surging number of patients at the early stage of the epidemic overwhelmed medical resources and the admission capacity of medical institutions," resulting in some deaths at home without treatment in hospitals.

The second reason was that at the peak of the epidemic in the city, "hospitals were operating beyond their capacities and medical staff were preoccupied with saving and treating patients, resulting in belated, missed and mistaken reporting."

The third reason given was that due to a rapid increase of designated hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients - including provincial, municipal, private and makeshift ones - some medical institutions were "not linked to the epidemic information network and failed to report their data in time."

The final reason given was "the registered information of some of the deceased patients was incomplete, and there were repetitions and mistakes in the reporting".

An official of the headquarters told the media that a group for epidemic-related big data and epidemiological investigations was established in late March.

The group used information from online systems and collected full information from all epidemic-related locations to ensure that facts about every case are accurate and every figure is objective and correct, the official said.

"What lies behind epidemic data are the lives and health of the general public, as well as the credibility of the government," said the official, adding that the timely revision of the figures, among other things, shows respect for every single life.
 

India's COVID-19 tally mounts to 13,387; 437 fatalities
17-04-2020 9:15

The total number of coronavirus cases in India reached 13387 on Friday morning, including 76 foreign nationals, with 11,201 active cases, the Union Health Ministry said.

The Health Ministry said in its daily update that 437 deaths have been reported in India so far, with the highest -- 194 -- getting reported from Maharashtra, followed by Madhya Pradesh, where 53 deaths have been reported so far.

"A total of 1,748 patients have been cured and discharged," the Health Ministry said.

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with total number of positive cases rising to 3,205, followed by Delhi at 1,640 cases, Tamil Nadu at 1,267 cases and Rajasthan at 1,131 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

 

325 districts in India are Covid-19 free, no case in 27 in 14 days
16-04-2020 17:20

There has been no coronavirus case in 325 of the 736 districts in India and also no one has tested positive in 27 districts of 17 states in the past 14 days, according to the Union Health Ministry, here on Thursday.

In the past 24 hours, 941 fresh Covid-19 cases and 37 deaths had been reported, said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry.

Stating that 12.02 per cent people have recovered from the coronavirus infection, Agarwal said lockdown and containment measures were proving beneficial.

The Ministry said of the 12,380 Covid-19 cases in the country, the number of active cases was 10,477. So far, 414 people have succumbed to the disease and 1,488 recovered.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said it had received 500,000 testing kits, including rapid anti-body kits, from two Chinese companies with 80 per cent sensitivity and 84 per cent specificity.

The ICMR said these kits were not meant for early diagnosis, but only for epidemiology purposes.

 

Total tally crosses 12,000 mark in India
16-04-2020 09:20

With 941 new cases the total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in India mounted to 12,380 stated the data published by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.

Of these, 10,477 are active cases of COVID-19, 1,488 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 414 people succumbed to the disease.

The total confirmed cases include 76 foreign nationals.

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with a total number of positive cases rising to 2,916, followed by New Delhi with 1,578 cases and Tamil Nadu, which has reported 1,242 cases and Rajasthan with 1,023 cases. according to the Health Ministry data.
 

 

9,756 active cases in India; 11.41% people recovered: Health Ministry
15-04-2020 17:10

The Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 11.41 per cent of coronavirus patients have recovered from the infection and a total of 170 districts have been identified with hotspots, while 207 have been identified as non-hotspots.

The total number of confirmed cases in India is 11,439, while 377 people have succumbed to the disease and 1,305 people have been cured. The total number of active cases in the country is 9,756. A total of 1,076 cases have been added in the last 24 hours, said the Health Ministry.

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry, said the rate of recovery of coronavirus patients is gradually increasing and 11.41 per cent of patients have recovered from the disease.

"We are focusing on following the proper protocol for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, especially people in the high-risk group and patients with comorbidities," said Agarwal while emphasising on saving lives from the viral infection.

He added that Covid-19 hotspots and green zones have been identified after conducting door-to-door surveys.

Agarwal said that states have been issued guidelines for dealing with Covid-19 hotspots across the country and special teams will search for new patients.

He insisted that movement will not be allowed in the containment zones except those related to essential services. He repeated that no community transmission has been noticed so far, though there have been some local outbreaks.

 

Coronavirus cases in India surge past 11,000
15-04-2020 09:26

The total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in India mounted to 11,439 stated the data published by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.

Of these, 9,756 are active cases of COVID-19, 1,305 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 377 people succumbed to the disease.

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with a total number of positive cases rising to 2,687, followed by New Delhi with 1,561 cases and Tamil Nadu, which has reported 1,204 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

 

France extends COVID-19 lockdown until 11th May
14-04-2020 11:36

French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the ongoing lockdown imposed to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended till May 11, as the country witnessed over 570 deaths due to the disease in 24 hours.

On Monday, death toll from the novel coronavirus increased to 14,967, after 574 fatalities were reported in a span of one day, Xinhua news agency quoted the Health Ministry as saying.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 137,877, although infections dropped for the fifth day in a row, it added.

In his third TV appearance since the pandemic hit the country, Macron said on Monday evening: "The epidemic is starting to slow down. The results are there. Thanks to your efforts, everyday we have made progress.

"Hope is reborn but nothing is settled... Everywhere in French mainland or overseas, the (health) system is under pressure and the epidemic is not yet under control.

"We must therefore continue our efforts and apply the rules. The more we respect the rules, the more lives we save. This is why strict containment must continue until May 11."

The announcement came two days before the current confinement, which started on March 17, was due to end on April 15.

Under the lockdown, people can only leave their homes to buy food and medicine or for work, while all non-essential businesses and open-air markets have been closed, and schools were shut down.

People are allowed to go out for a walk with their children or to exercise once a day for no more than one hour, and within 1 km of their homes.

Stressing that the prolonged lockdown was "the only way to work effectively and the condition to further slow down the virus spread", the President in his address stressed that the restrictions already put in place must be strictly respected in the coming four weeks.

The recommendation of the scientific council, which advises the government on the epidemic crisis, was for at least six-week strict containment after it was put in place, which means till the end of April.

An end of the confinement would be possible if pressure on intensive care units eases, the virus circulation slows down and there are sufficient stocks of equipment, including masks and testing kits, it said.

 

796 new cases in past 24 hours takes India's total corona cases to over 9,150: Health Ministry
13-04-2020 17:11

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday that at least 141 people have recovered from novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

Addressing the daily press briefing, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal, said, "Total number of Covid-19 cases reported so far in the country is 9,152. At least 141 people have recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured persons to 857. A total of 796 new cases and 35 deaths have been reported since yesterday."

Agarwal told the media that the containment measures taken by the government have started showing results on the field.

"At least 25 districts from 15 states have not reported any new case since the last 14 days. These are Gondia in Maharashtra, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, Davangiri, Kodagu, Tumkuru, Udupi in Karnataka, South Goa, Wayanad and Kottayam in Kerala, West Imphal in Manipur, Rajouri in J&K, Aizawl West in Mizoram, Mahe in Puducherry, SBS Nagar in Punjab, Patna, Nalanda and Munger in Bihar, Pratapgarh in Rajasthan, Panipat, Rohtak, Sirsa in Haryana, Pauri Garhwal in Uttrakhand, and Bhadradri Kothagudem in Telangana," Agarwal said.

 

China's new COVID-19 cases rise to near six-week high
13-04-2020 13:11

China reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks on Monday, as it tried to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections, a media report said.

Having largely stamped out domestic transmission of the disease, China, where the pandemic originated last December, has been slowly easing curbs on movement as it tries to get its economy back on track, but there were fears that a rise in imported cases could spark a second wave of the pandemic - especially among Chinese citizens returning from abroad, said the South China Morning Post report.

Authorities repoted 108 new coronavirus infections over the past day, including 98 cases among travellers returning from abroad, according to data released on Monday by the National Health Commission.

This is the highest number of reported infections since March 6, when authorities reported 143 new cases.

Beijing on March 28 banned the entry of foreigners into China.

Around 300 cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed in the city by Saturday, including 100 infected people who did not appear to be showing any symptoms, the South China Morning Post reported.

China has so far reported 82,160 coronavirus cases including 3,341 deaths and 77,663 recovered patients.

 

New model predicts peak of US active COVID-19 cases in late April
13-04-2020 07:51

A new data-driven mathematical model of the novel coronavirus pandemic predicts that the United States will peak in the number of "active" COVID-19 cases around April 20, which marks a critical milestone on the demand for medical resources, said a University of Washington study.

"We predict that the United States is on course to reach this point in the coming weeks," said Ka-Kit Tung, a professor of applied mathematics at the University of Washington. "It is a point of maximum strain on a country's health and medical infrastructure."

For the United States, this model predicts that the number of "active" COVID-19 cases - individuals who have been diagnosed but haven't recovered or died - will peak on April 20, plus or minus four days, and will then slowly decline as the number of cases entering the medical system becomes less than the number of cases leaving the medical system, reported Xinhua news agency.

The US outbreak will taper off in the first week of June with projections of 710,000 total cases but could be up to 990,000; and 28,000 deaths, but could be up to 39,000, if the current US fatality rate of 4 per cent holds, according to the analysis.

The predictions differ significantly from the Imperial College London projections of a longer outbreak with 40 per cent to 80 per cent of the US population infected and 1.1 to 2.2 million deaths. The results from the model used by Imperial College London differed significantly because it relied on separate assumptions about COVID-19 and the predictions were generated when key parameters, such as its infection rates, were unknown, according to Tung.

The model finds that the length of outbreaks will also vary by country. Germany and Italy will take a week longer than the Chinese city of Wuhan to reach their turning point in active COVID-19 cases. The United States is projected to take two weeks longer than Wuhan considering that the United States has no national lockdown, though a majority of states have issued stay-at-home orders, said Tung.

Norden Huang and Fangli Qiao, both from the First Institute of Oceanography's Data Analysis Laboratory in Qingdao, China, created the model with Tung. Their paper describing the analysis is not yet peer-reviewed but has been submitted to a journal for consideration. Their study was posted on March 30 to the preprint site medRxiv.

The researchers tested the model's efficacy using COVID-19 data from China. With an accuracy of a few days, their model predicted key events in the outbreak's growth, spread and decline of COVID-19 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province and the rest of China including the peak of new cases, the peak of active cases and the subsidence of the epidemic. the study said.

 

COVID-19 slows down in Europe, WHO still against lifting restrictions
11-04-2020 08:17

As some of the European countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are starting to see signs of slowing in infections, the World Health Organization (WHO) sounded a stern warning against lifting restrictions too soon, saying it could lead to a deadly resurgence of COVID-19.

"In the past week, we've seen a welcome slowing in some of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, like Spain, Italy, Germany and France," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a regular press briefing on Friday, reported Xinhua news agency.

As "some countries are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions," the WHO chief warned that "lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence."

"The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly," he said, underlining that the WHO is working with affected countries on strategies for gradually and safely easing restrictions.

The novel coronavirus has claimed 13,197 lives in France. But the country is witnessing a decline in the number of critically-ill patients on Friday for a second consecutive day, a "pale ray of sunshine," according to Director General of Health Jerome Salomon.

In Spain, where the total number of infection cases has reached 157,022, and death toll stood at 15,843, the single-day numbers of new cases and related deaths dropped on Friday for the second day in a row, according to the data collected by the Spanish Ministry for Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare.

Italy is also witnessing a drop in those hospitalized and those in intensive care, as total fatalities in the country amounted to 18,849 by Friday.

Nonetheless, Italy remains one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 150,000 infections. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday extended the country's national coronavirus lockdown by "at least" additional 20 days to May 3.

Some European countries are already considering relaxing their restriction measures as they see a slowing trend in the number of COVID-19 infections. Austria, for instance, aims to gradually ease the exit restrictions and reopen shops and businesses from mid-April. Switzerland also suggested "the first relaxations" by the end of April.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that a further tightening of restrictions on daily life in Germany is not necessary at present.

"The curve is flattening out," said Merkel at the Chancellery. The latest COVID-19 infection figures in Germany gave "reason for cautious hope." But she stressed that it would be necessary to be "very, very careful" with relaxing the current restrictions.

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday proposed prolonging travel restriction at its external borders. The European Commission said in a statement that it invited Schengen member states and Schengen associated states to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until May 15.

 

White House experts warn against relaxing social distancing rules
11-04-2020 07:57

America's top medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci pointed to encouraging signs that the US infection curve is levelling off but warned against relaxing social distancing guidelines and declaring victory too early.

The doctors' comments come on a day when the world passed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from the pandemic and America's death toll crossed 18,000. More than 4 in 10 deaths in the US have come from New York State, which reported 777 new deaths on Friday.

"You can see for the first time that in the United States we're starting to level on the logarithmic phase, like Italy did about a week ago. And so this gives us great heart," Dr. Birx said at a White House briefing on Friday.

Hope springs from New York's hospitalisation rate slowing consistently throughout this week. The numbers are down to the below 300 level compared with more than 1000 per day last week.

The nation's top infectious-diseases expert Dr. Fauci cautioned that the virus' trajectory decides the timeline of when social distancing rules are relaxed.

"The one thing you don't want to do is you don't want to get out there prematurely and then wind up backtracking," he said as US president Donald Trump looked on.

Trump has been enthusiastic about reopening the economy as soon as possible.

Both Fauci and Birx have doubled down on their public messaging from the White House megaphone that social distancing does work and is blunting the curve in ways that weren't clear even a week ago.

Exactly 10 days ago, the predictive model most frequently quoted by the White House had projected 100,000-200,000 total deaths in the US. Today, that projection has been revised downwards to around 61,000 deaths.

 

Indian govt directs states, UTs not to allow religious gatherings
10-04-2020 18:10

Ahead of ensuing festivals this month, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday directed all the states and the Union Territories (UTs) not to allow any social or religious gathering and ensure strict compliance of lockdown to contain spread of Covid-19.

In a fresh letter to the Chief Secretaries of all states and UTs, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla instructed them to inform district authorities and field agencies on the specific prohibitions as mentioned in the consolidated guidelines on lockdown measures.

He also directed them to take "all required precautionary and preventive measures for maintenance of law and order, peace and public tranquillity".

"In view of the ensuing festivals in the month of April 2020, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed all states and UTs to ensure strict compliance of lockdown measures to fight COVID-19 and not allow any social and religious gathering or procession," a Home Ministry statement said.

The instruction came in view of Baisakhi, and Ambedkar Jayanti which will be celebrated on April 13, and April 14 respectively, while Ramadan will begin April 23.

 

US death toll crosses 16,500; 11% under 25 years testing positive: White House
10-04-2020 07:22

In the US, 11 out of 100 people under the age of 25, 17 per cent of those in the 25 to 45 age group and 21 per cent of those between 45 and 65 years who presented with symptoms have tested positive for coronavirus, according to age-wise testing data available for the first time from the White House on a day when America's death toll climbed past the 16,500 mark with total confirmed cases more than 462,000.

On the same day, New York State suffered the deadliest blow, posting a record-breaking increase in coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day even as hospitalisations and intubations slowed, suggesting the curve is finally flattening. The net 200-patient increase in hospitalisations is the lowest since the nightmare began.

White House data is also showing that US men are testing positive at a much higher rate than women.

Data on those under 25 years were drawn from a universe of 200,000 tests while more than half a million people in the 25-45 years age group and in the 45-65 age group have been tested, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, who is coordinating the White House response to the pandemic.

Among 200,000 people in the 65-85 age group, Birx reported 22 percent positive tests and a slightly higher 24 per cent positivity level among 30,000 people above 85 years who were tested.

The pattern emerging from the US testing data are consistent with insights the White House has absorbed from attack rates in other countries which have come off their infection peaks, especially Europe.

Birx urged American men who are symptomatic to get tested. So far, nearly 6 in 10 people who have been tested are female while a little more than 4 in 10 are men. Positivity rates are 16 per cent for women and 23 per cent for men.

"Men often don't present in the healthcare delivery system until they have greater symptomatology. This is to all of our men out there no matter what age group. If you have symptoms, you should be tested, and make sure that you are tested," Birx said.

More than 6 in 10 states, Birx said, have less than 10 percent positive rate "despite significant testing".

"Issues around those with comorbidities and those of the elderly" continue to be the dominant concerns, according to Birx.

Despite the rising tide of horrible news, the White House task force remains focused on the upside of mitigation efforts which are showing up as flatter curves in outbreaks outside the New York and New Jersey metro areas.

Birx said the curves in Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Denver "are much lower than New York and New Jersey and this gives us hope".

America's top infectious diseases expert on the White House task force Dr Anthony Fauci backed up Birx's comments saying America is headed in the "right direction".

"That means that what we are doing is working, and therefore we need to continue to do it. I know I sound like a broken record, that's good - I want to sound like a broken record, let's just keep doing it," Fauci said about continued adherence to social distancing guidelines in place since March 16.

Predictive models from the Institute For Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington which earlier projected a nationwide death toll of 100,000-200,000 have now revised downwards to a little over 60,000 deaths by August first week of this year. These models assume "full social distancing" in place.

 

Lockdown tightened in Mumbai's 'carefree' Dharavi
09-04-2020 14:40

The police and health authorities have tightened the lockdown in Dharavi, Asia's biggest slum amid growing fears of coronavirus spreading here, officials said on Thursday.

At least 10 localities in the 2.25 sq. kms area have been red-flagged and all movement of people stopped, all shops and establishments, fruit/vegetable markets or vendors, hawkers, etc, have been shut down, barring pharmacies.

To minimise peoples' unrest in the area, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), plans to come up with a scheme for doorstep delivery of essentials shortly.

Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, who represents Dharavi constituency, along with Health Minister Rajesh Tope visited hospitals and quarantine centres in her constituency on Wednesday for a spot assessment of the situation.

"We have requested state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to direct the police to strictly enforce lockdown in this area to prevent the spread of coronavirus. We have also requested the government to provide more ventilators for the hospitals here, speed up test reports for those in quarantine as more and more people keep coming here daily," Gaikwad told mediapersons after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Dharavi -- the most congested place on the planet -- has over 200,000 families living and working here, besides more than 20,000 big and small businesses generating revenues of an estimated Rs 7,000 crore annually.

Considered a ticking time-bomb in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dharavi has recorded two deaths and at least another 13 positive patients till date, sparking alarm among the civic and state health authorities struggling to contain the further spread of the coronavirus in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra.

Despite the obvious risks, most people in Dharavi seem oblivious of the invisible dangers around them and continue to move around in a carefree manner, with all social distancing norms thrown to the winds.

 

COVID-19 total tally reaches 5,734 in India, 166 dead: Ministry data
09-04-2020 10:07

The total tally of novel coronavirus cases in India reached up to 5,734 on Thursday, the data of Union Health Ministry said.

As per the Ministry data, of the total number, 5,095 are active cases, 166 are dead, one has migrated, while 472 people have been discharged after recovery.

Maharashtra is the worst affected state so far with 1,135 active cases, 117 cured and discharged and 72 have died.

After Maha, Tamil Nadu is the second worst affected area with 738 active case, 21 cured and eight deaths.

Gujrat total tally may have been low but it's the worst hit in terms of death with 16 deaths i.e. maximum deaths after Maharashtra.

While the cases aren't taking a stall, another of assault on doctors was reported from the national capital last night.

A man in Delhi's Gautam Nagar assaulted two female doctors of Safdarjung Hospital on Thursday.

The alleged incident took place while the two female doctors were buying grocery on Wednesday night.

Speaking to IANS, Dr Manish, President, Resident Doctors Association, Safdarjung Hospital said, "The two doctors are posted in the Emergency Ward. At around 9 p.m. while they were buying vegetables, a man asked them to step aside accusing them for spreading coronavirus."

"The man said that you come from the hospital and spread coronavirus, when the doctors resisted and argued, the man slapped them and even twisted their hand. The local residents came in an helped the two woman but the man escaped from the spot."

A FIR has been registered in connection with the incident.

Labs in India should not overcharge for COVID-19 tests, observes SC
08-04-2020 13:14

The Supreme Court on Wednesday suggested private labs should not charge exorbitantly for COVID-19 tests, and asked the Centre to explore a mechanism wherein the amount spend on these tests could be reimbursed.

The observation from the apex court came on a petition that sought its direction to ensure free COVID-19 testing for all citizens - both in government and private labs.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan observed, amid the ongoing public health crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, that the private laboratories should not charge heavily for such tests.

After the court asked the Centre, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, to consider developing a reimbursement mechanism, Mehta said that he will take instructions from the government on this matter.

During the hearing through videoconferencing, Mehta contended that 118 labs in India have a total capacity of conducting 15,000 tests per day, and 47 private labs too had been been roped in.

When Justice Bhushan insisted on not allowing labs to charge money for corona tests, Mehta said it was a developing situation for the labs and thus difficult to ascertain how many more were required. Also to be condered was the duration this lockdown would continue.

The petition filed by advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi challenged the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advisory to fix maximum Rs 4,500 for corona test by private entities.

The petition also sought direction that all such tests be conducted by accredited pathological laboratories, and to strike down the ICMR advisory for allegedly being violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution.

Suggesting free tests, the petitioner also claimed that capping test charges at private labs violates the ideals and values of the Constitution.

Crowd swarm trains as Wuhan lifts outbound travel ban
08-04-2020 01:25

As cars queued up at expressway toll gates and passengers prepared to board trains to leave Wuhan, the megacity in central China started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19.

At Fuhe toll gate in nothern Wuhan, cars honked horns and rushed out after barricades were removed at midnight, Xinhua news agency reported.

Guo Lei, who ran a business in Wuhan, drove his car with six other people aboard to the toll gate at around 8.40 p.m. and waited for a homebound trip.

"I can't wait returning to my hometown," said Guo, a native of east China's Shandong Province. "I have lived in Wuhan for eight years. During the Spring Festival holiday, my relatives came to the city and helped me deliver goods. We were all stranded here due to the epidemic."

Big data from Wuhan traffic police forecasted the expressways would see the peak of outbound vehicles on Wednesday.

As more enterprises resume their operations, Wuhan has seen an increase of nearly 400,000 vehicles in transit in the past half month, and the number is expected to reach 1.8 million after Wednesday, according to the city's traffic police.

Traffic police will release real-time traffic information through radio stations, online social platforms, and map apps.

"I'm very happy to see the lockdown was lifted. The reopening of outbound traffic represents the epidemic situation has improved, and our hard work over the past two months has paid off," said Fang Jing, a staff member of an expressway toll station in Wuhan.

"We still need to protect ourselves from the virus and remind passengers to pay attention to personal health since the epidemic is not yet over," Fang added.

At Wuchang Railway Station, a total of 442 passengers jumped on the train K81 early Wednesday, which is heading for Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

More than 55,000 passengers are expected to leave Wuhan by train on Wednesday, and about 40 percent of them are going to the Pearl River Delta Region. A total of 276 passenger trains will leave Wuhan for Shanghai, Shenzhen and other cities.

The railway authorities required passengers to scan health codes and have temperatures checked when entering the stations and wear masks to reduce the risks of infection.

Workers have disinfected bullet trains, the entrance and exits, waiting halls and platforms of the railway stations in advance.

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport started resuming domestic passenger flights early Wednesday. The airport is expected to see more than 200 inbound and outbound flights on the day, according to the airport.

On January 23, Wuhan declared unprecedented traffic restrictions, including suspending the city's public transport and all outbound flights and trains, in an attempt to contain the epidemic.

JK Rowling shares breathing techniques to recover from Covid-19
07-04-2020 18:38

Amid the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, acclaimed author J.K. Rowling has shared a post on her Twitter account, showing techniques she used to overcome the symptoms of Covid-19 after two weeks of illness.

The "Harry Potter" author shared the video with the caption: "Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms. For last 2 weeks, I've had all symptoms of C19 (tho haven't been tested) & did this on doc husband's advice. I've fully recovered & technique helped a lot."

"I really am completely recovered and wanted to share a technique that's recommended by doctors, costs nothing, has no nasty side effects but could help you/your loved ones a lot, as it did me. Stay safe, everyone," she added.
 

In the video posted by Rowling, a UK hospital doctor named Sarfaraz Munshi describes a vital breathing technique for Covid-19 sufferers that could prevent the patients from contracting secondary pneumonia, which could prove dangerous to health.

The doctor said that his colleague Sue Elliot relies on the technique every day in intensive care. The video features a breathing technique that involves inhaling and exhaling, and holding breaths and a ‘big cough'.

Speaking to IANS about the breathing techniques recommended in the video, Vivek Nangia, Director and HOD, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj, said: "There are two parts of the video, the first part is deep breathing and coughing. While deep breathing is good to do (just like pranayama), one will never ask a Covid-19 patient to cough, as there is high risk of transmission of the disease to the others."

"It is always advised to never ever ask a Covid-19 patient to cough. On the contrary, the patients are always given a mask to cover their faces so that the chances of spreading the infection through droplets can be minimised," Nangia told IANS.

The other part of the video focuses on lying on front, and that is supposed to prevent the development of secondary infection and basal atelectasis (i.e. collapse of the basal portions of the lungs).

"Lying on the front is referred to as prone positioning, and is basically done by patients who have involvement of lungs by Covid-19 or any other similar infection and it helps in improving the oxygen levels and also in preventing a basal atelectasis (collapse of the basal segments of the lungs)," Nangia said.

"As described in the video, it does not prevent a secondary pneumonia. However, it only helps in improving the oxygen levels in patients who have a long involvement in the presence of Covid-19 or any other similar infection, which could result in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) like situation," he added.
 
Covid-19 cases reach 4,421 in India, Maharashtra worst affected with 52 deaths
07-04-2020 11:40

With India in the third week of its 21-day nationwide lockdown, the total active cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday reached 3,981 with Maharashtra continuing to be the worst-hit with 868 total confirmed cases and 52 deaths so far, followed by Tamil Nadu.

The national capital appeared fast catching up with 523 total cases so far and 7 deaths, as the Aam Aadmi Party government plans to go for random testing at all hotspots in the city.

So far 114 people have died due to the coronavirus in India, according to the website of Union Health Ministry. A total of 325 people have recovered since the first case was reported in the country on Januray 30.

The total number of novel coronavirus affected patients in India, including those who have recovered, stand at 4,421.

Meanwhile, the Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday said it scaled up its capacity to fight COVID-19 pandemic. The apex medical research body has allowed rapid antibody based blood tests for COVID-19. However, these tests will be conducted as a strategy for areas reporting clusters (containment zone) and in large migration gatherings/evacuees centres. ICMR has validated and recommended 7 such test kits for use. Also, antibody tests are not suitable to diagnose live COVID-19 infections.
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    Eliminate Carbs, Not Saturated Fats, from Your Diet To Lower Cholesterol
    People with high cholesterol levels have traditionally been advised to minimise their consumption of saturated fats to reduce risk of heart disease. But now, disputing these traditionally prescribed dietary changes, a new study has found no evidence to actually support these claims. 
     
    An international team of experts on heart disease and diet, including five cardiologists, reviewed the dietary guidelines for people with familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder that causes people to have cholesterol levels two to four times higher than an average person. Their findings have been collated and published in the scientific journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine
     
    For decades, organisations, including the American Heart Association, have suggested that people with hypercholesterolemia should avoid eating food from animal sources, such as meat, eggs and cheese, and also tropical oils. High cholesterol levels can mean fatty deposits in blood vessels which can eventually grow making it difficult for enough blood to flow through the arteries. Often, these deposits can break suddenly and form a clot that causes a heart attack or stroke. 
     
    Surprisingly, the researchers behind the new report have found no advantageous changes in high-cholesterol patients who abstained from saturated fats rich foods like meat, eggs, and cheese—in contradiction with conventional wisdom. Instead, they recommend following a low-carb diet for any person with increased risk of heart disease, such as those who are overweight, hypertensive and diabetic. 
     
    “For the past 80 years, people with familial hypercholesterolemia have been told to lower their cholesterol with a low saturated fat diet. Our study showed that a more ‘heart healthy’ diet is one low in sugar, not saturated fat,” said lead author Prof David Diamond, a heart disease researcher at the University of South Florida.
     
    The findings from this study are also consistent with another research paper recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology which provided strong evidence that food which raises blood sugar, such as bread, potatoes and sweets, should be minimised, rather than tropical oils and animal-based food.
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    COMMENTS

    Ramesh Popat

    3 days ago

    so, old saying favoring milk and ghee was right perhaps!
    (cow milk/ghee better for sure! and further if cream is
    removed after boiling milk-much better! we may have superb
    home made ghee from it)

    Newme

    4 days ago

    In the last decade we have seen drastic increase in heart problems even for people who do not eat heavy foods and lead relatively healthy lifestyle. It is alleged that refined Sunflower oil people consume is actually an oil extracted from petroleum refineries. One reason given is while the Sunflower area under cultivation has reduced but the Sunflower oil production has increased.
    Common man has neither time or energy to investigate this inference.

    Mumbai may be heading to herd immunity: Experts' report
    In an encouraging development, an experts' report late on Tuesday pointed to Mumbai heading towards 'herd immunity' as the city recorded the lowest number of cases—700—in the past three months on Tuesday, officials said.
     
    The ser-survey report prepared by the NITI Aayog, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) indicates that Mumbai, which currently has a little more than 21,000 active cases, could be inching towards herd immunity.
     
    The recovery rate in Mumbai is 73 per cent while the doubling rate has climbed to 69 days.
     
    So far, BMC has done over 4.85 lakh tests and the overall growth from July 20 to July 26 is 1.03 per cent.
     
    "The first round report of Sero Surveillance for Covid-19 infection in Mumbai indicates that 57 per cent of slum population and 16 per cent of non-slum population have developed antibodies. Infection fatality rate is very low. Are we closer to herd immunity?" BMC's Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhide tweeted late on Tuesday.
     
    A BMC statement later said: "The results will be valuable to learn more about herd immunity. Although it is still unclear what level of prevalence leads to herd immunity, findings indicate at least in slums this could be attained sooner or later, if the immunity exists and persists in a significant proportion of the population."
     
    About 57 per cent respondents in Mumbai slums had been exposed to Covid-19, as opposed to 16 per cent in non-slum areas, showed the sero-survey report. Sero-prevalence was marginally higher in women than men, showed the study.
     
    The first round of the study was conducted on 6,936 people from three wards -- R-North, M-West and F-North. Higher sero-prevalence in slums could be possible due to population density and shared common facilities -- toilets, water points etc. -- said the study.
     
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    COMMENTS

    yerramr

    2 days ago

    This is certainly good news, not only for Mumbai but for the whole country and all the major cities. Once herd immunity is developed, opened up economy will move fast towards recovery of growth.

    Ramesh Popat

    3 days ago

    Good news! there may be many more areas like this.

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