Finally! Maharashtra To Cap Prices of N-95 Mask at Rs50 and Layered Masks at Rs4
Paying heed to the crying need for restricting profiteering on masks, the public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the Bombay High Court and a report submitted by an expert committee, the Maharashtra government has decided to cap prices of masks used in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
While the price of an N95 mask would be capped at Rs50, those of the layered masks would be limited to Rs4 per piece, Rajesh Tope, minister of health, Maharashtra told a newspaper.
 
Quoting the minister, a report from Times of India (ToI) says, "The government is in the final stages of capping the prices of various types of masks as per the recommendations submitted by the state-appointed committee set up to control prices of masks and sanitisers amid the pandemic. When implemented, Maharashtra will be the first state to reduce the prices of masks."
 
After receiving multiple complaints on the sale of masks and sanitizers at inflated rates during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the Maharashtra government had set up a four-member committee headed by Sudhakar Shinde, the chief executive (CEO) of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana, to make recommendations to cap the prices of masks and sanitizers. 
 
   
Prices of masks and sanitizers were regulated by the union government after the lock-down was announced in March. However, the Centre removed masks and sanitizers from the category of essential commodity through an order released on 30 June 2020. 
 
A few days ago, the committee submitted its report. The Shinde committee observed that in some instances, prices of certain types of masks were increased by 437% and 575% compared to the past year.
 
"The committee also found that the manufacturers, who were making 2.2% to 12.5% profits between 2016 and 2019, had a profit margin up to 88% in 2020-21. However, looking at the spike in COVID-19 cases, the committee pointed out that it is important to control mask prices," the newspaper report says.
 
Earlier in June, the Bombay High Court (BHC) had asked the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to relook and pass an appropriate order within 10 days about capping the price of N95 masks, in accordance with the law, as per clause 20 of the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO). The time limit set by the Court ended on 23rd June. However, instead of following the order, the NPPA has sent out a letter seeking to collect information from manufacturers about capping the prices of N95 masks, effectively buying a lot more time and avoiding the capping of prices. (Read: 95 Masks: Bombay HC Asks Union Govt and NPPA To Cap Prices in 2 Weeks
 
 What is worse, an office memorandum (OM) of the NPPA actually allows manufacturers to use the April 2020 prices, as the base for reducing prices, knowing full well that prices had soared exponentially – often by as much as 10 times – after the hard lockdown in March. This suggests tacit support for the profiteering, even while it seems to claim that manufacturers have voluntarily reduced prices of these masks, whose use is crucial to healthcare workers working with COVID-19 patients.   
 
The bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sucheta Dalal, founder-trustee of Moneylife Foundation and Anjali Damania, founder-trustee of Voice of Indian Taxpayers, a non-government organisation (NGO). 
 
The PIL had sought relief from black marketeering, hoarding and profiteering of N95 masks in Maharashtra, despite N95 masks being declared as essential commodity under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. The petition also alleged that Maharashtra state had failed to take adequate measures to ensure sufficient availability of surgical masks and other masks at fair prices. (Read: Bombay HC Asks Union Govt to Respond Before Friday to Maharashtra FDA Letters on Fixing Price of N95 Mask)
 
In its reply, the NPPA submitted before the BHC that, on 15 May 2020, it had organised a meeting for a holistic understanding about the types and standards of N95 masks that are available and concomitant pricing issues and that representatives from the ministry of textiles, BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) and HLL Life Care Ltd attended the meeting.
 
Also, during the meeting, HLL had informed that it procures N95 masks from eight manufacturers, with majority coming from Venus Safety. The price of CV N95+ mask with expiratory valve is Rs60 plus GST and that of N99 mask is Rs68 plus GST, the minutes of the meeting reveal, NPPA says.  
 
 On 21 May 2020, NPPA contended that it issued an advisory, following which major manufacturers and importers of N95 masks have reduced their prices significantly up to 47%.
 
However, the HC had pointed out that the NPPA, has not taken into consideration a statutory provision as mentioned in DPCO. (Read: N95 Masks: Despite Bombay HC Order To Cap Prices, NPPA Continues To Allow Higher MRPs
 
Later, the department of consumer affairs in the union ministry did an about-turn and removed masks and sanitizers, including N95, from the list of ‘essential commodities’. But this has only endangered people, by unleashing a flood of low-priced fakes or wrongly certified masks into the market even as the pandemic rages across India and many cities have imposed a fresh lock-down. (Read: Fake & Cheap N95 Masks Flood the Market After Govt Revokes Its ‘Essential Commodities’ Status)
 
As per the report from ToI, the capped prices suggested by the Shinde committee are four to six times lower than those set after the advisory of NPPA. "For instance, the proposed price of an N-95 V-shaped mask, which costs Rs135 as per the NPPA advisory, has been brought down to Rs19 by the panel led by Sudhakar Shinde, CEO, State Health Assurance Society. The selling price of the items to hospitals and nursing homes will not be more than 70% of the MRP, the panel recommended," the report says. 
 
The committee also made it mandatory for manufacturers, dealers and retailers to display the rates at a prominent place, while asking the state government to take necessary steps to tackle scenarios wherein firms may stop manufacturing and supply within the state.
 
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    Ramesh Popat

    3 weeks ago

    lower prices a boon for users as second wave may be knocking soon!

    Indian Medical Association—IMA—Questions Govt on Ayurveda, Yoga-based Treatment for COVID-19
    The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday came down heavily on the Centre's latest guidelines which promote Ayurveda and Yoga for the prevention as well as treatment of asymptomatic and mild patients of COVID-19. The apex medical body asked the government to produce scientific evidence which fostered the protocols of the guidelines released on Tuesday by the Union ministry of health.
     
    "Is there satisfactory evidence regarding the claims made from studies on COVID-19 patients? If so, whether the evidence is weak/moderate or strong? The evidence should be in public domain and available for scientific scrutiny," said the IMA.
     
    The IMA also demanded that the evidence be released in public and made available for scientific scrutiny. It also posed several pointed questions to the Union ministry of health to know how the drugs mentioned in the protocol were chosen for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 patients. The IMA sought replies to several questions, including:
     
    -- Whether the severe form of COVID-19 is a hyperimmune status or an immune-deficiency status?
     
    -- Whether the proponents of this claim and the health ministry are prepared to subject themselves as volunteers to an independent prospective 'Double Blind Control' study in prevention and treatment of COVID?
     
    -- How many ministerial colleagues of Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan have till now made the informed choice of getting treated under these protocols?
     
    -- What is stopping him (Dr Harsh Vardhan) from handing over COVID-19 care and control to AYUSH Ministry?
     
    "IMA demands that Dr Harsh Vardhan should come clean on the above questions. If not, he is inflicting a fraud on the nation and gullible patients by calling placebos as drugs," said the apex medical body.
     
    On Tuesday, the Union health minister had released a protocol for the clinical management of COVID-19 that listed dietary measures, Yoga and Ayurvedic herbs and formulations such as Ashwagandha and AYUSH-64 for prevention of coronavirus infection and treatment of mild and asymptomatic cases.
     
    The protocol suggested use of medicines such as Ashwagandha, Guduchi Ghana Vati or Chyawanprasha as prophylactic care for high-risk population and primary contacts of patients.
     
    It recommended consumption of Guduchi Ghana Vati, Guduchi and Pippali or AYUSH-64 for asymptomatic COVID-19 positive patients for prevention of disease progression to symptomatic and severe forms and to improve the recovery rate. The protocol said Guduchi, Pippali and AYUSH-64 tablets can be given to mild coronavirus infected patients.
     
    The document also listed Ashwagandha, Chyawanprasha or Rasayana Churna for post-COVID-19 management to prevent lung complications like fibrosis, fatigue and mental health.
     
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    saharaaj

    3 weeks ago

    IMA seems to represent the interest of health sector players like Hospitals, Pharma low practice doctors... the way Courts have been dragged in puts pivot of suspicion on IMA /ICMR public be vary of quacks as wells as profession money loving medical fraternity

    m.prabhu.shankar

    3 weeks ago

    Scientific temper is good for the nation. But measuring Indian Medical System using Western medical system parameters is incorrect. IMA and all of us should understand that first. In Indian Medical Systems like Siddha & Ayurveda has a concept called Nadi Parthal (Tamil) - Kind of measuring pulse through which one can tell the entire medical history of the patient. Do we have anything equivalent to that in Western Medicine. No. Siddha and Ayurveda first understands the patient as a whole system and then the disease affecting him now and then prescribes medicines with dietary controls so that side effects are avoided 100%. On the contrary Western medicine goes by Organ specific issues and when treated medicines given to cure that Organ ends up damaging other Organs (Side Effects) since patient health is not evaluated wholistically as there is no way to evaluate the patients health wholistically unlike in Siddha and Ayurveda where we have Nadi Parthal

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    saioamshyd

    In Reply to m.prabhu.shankar 2 weeks ago

    Is is holistically or wholistically?

    saioamshyd

    3 weeks ago

    https://www.moneylife.in/article/indian-medical-association-ima-questions-govt-on-ayurveda-yoga-based-treatment-for-covid-19/61762.html
    1. Professional jealousy is natural phenomenon. Whether IMA undertakes to prevent & cure COVID-19 with no side effects/least costs unlike Yoga, Ayurveda & Homeopathy, etc?
    2. Prudent not to interfere with GOI’s efforts to indulge in research on Indian medical systems.
    3. https://lnkd.in/f6eNdcv.
    4. SATYAMAEVA JAYATHE!!!

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    rai_dhruv

    In Reply to saioamshyd 3 weeks ago

    so doctors are jealous of quacks?

    saioamshyd

    In Reply to rai_dhruv 3 weeks ago

    RMPs/PMPs/AYUSH DOCTORS are the backbone of Indian Rural/Urban Citizenry. Their charges are affordable by the common man with no side effects and their houses are breeding ground[s]/launching pads to produce more & more super specialists; which no prejudiced elements in IMA are aware. Most of them visit patients' residences; which no allopath does.

    ABHIJIT TRIPATHI

    In Reply to saioamshyd 3 weeks ago

    Quacks/alternative medicine voodoo doctors do all these things because no sane person would go to them. while people actually visit clinics. Theres a reason that disease outbreak is usually in rural areas People are ill informed and quacks take advantagw

    saioamshyd

    In Reply to ABHIJIT TRIPATHI 2 weeks ago

    In the light of ever-increasing demand for medical services [at present sky is the limit] quackery has come to stay all over the globe.

    Corona Virus (COVID-19) Latest Updates
    With 80,000 new Covid cases, India's tally crosses 62 lakh
    30-09-2020 10:10

    With a spike of 80,472 coronavirus cases and 1,179 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Wednesday mounted to the grim 62 lakh-mark with a total of 62,25,763 cases.

    Out of the total cases, 9,40,441 are currently active, 51,87,825 have been discharged, while 97,497 lost the battle against the viral disease.

    While the recovery rate stands at a whooping high of 83.33 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.57 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 13,66,129 cases, including 36,181 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 10,86,688 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 7,41,96,729.

     
     
    With 70,000 new cases, India's corona tally crosses 61 lakh
    29-09-2020 09:55

    With a spike of 70,589 coronavirus cases and 776 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Tuesday breached the 61 lakh-mark with a total of 61,45,291 cases.

    Out of these, 9,47,576 are currently active; 51,01,397 have been discharged, while 96,318 lost the battle against the viral disease.

    On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5.

    In 11 days, it added another 10 lakh cases thus taking the total to 50 lakh cases.

    Thirteen days later the tally has mounted to 61 lakh.

    While the recovery rate stands at 82.58 per cent, one of the highest in the world; the fatality rate has come down to 1.57 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 13,39,232 cases, including 35,571 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 11,42,811 sample tests were conducted across the country in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 7,31,10,041.

    On the global front, India rallies behind the US, which has recorded 7,147,751 cases and 2,05,062 deaths. As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 33,273,720 and the fatalities rose to 10,00,825.
     
     
    India has over 60 lakh Covid cases
    28-09-2020 10.10

    With a spike of 82,170 coronavirus cases and 1,039 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Monday breached the 60 lakh-mark with a total of 60,74,702 cases.

    Out of these, 9,62,640 are currently active; 50,16,520 have been discharged, while 95,542 lost the battle against the viral disease.

    On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5. In 11 days, it added another 10 lakh cases, mounting to 50 lakh cases. Twelve days later the tally has mounted to 60 lakh.

    While the recovery rate stands at 82.58 per cent, one of the highest in the world; the fatality rate has come down to 1.57 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 13,39,232 cases including 35,571 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 7,09,394 sample tests were conducted across the country in a single day on Sunday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 7,19,67,230.

    On the global front, India rallies behind the US, which has recorded 71,13,666 cases and 2,04,750 deaths. As of Monday morning, the total number of cases in the world stood at 3,29,77,556 and the fatalities rose to 9,96,674.

     
     
    With 85,362 new cases, India's corona tally reaches 59 lakh
    26-09-2020 10:30

    With a spike of 85,362 coronavirus cases and 1,089 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Saturday reached 59,03,932 cases, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

    Out of the total cases, 9,60,969 are currently active, 48,49,584 have been discharged, while 93,379 lost the battle against the viral disease.

    While the recovery rate stands at 81.74 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.59 per cent.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 13,00,757 cases, including 34,761 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. About 75 per cent of the new cases are found to be concentrated in ten states and UTs.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 14,41,535 sample tests in a single day on Friday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 7,02,69,975.

    On the global front, India rallies behind the US, which has recorded 70,32,524 cases and 2,03,657 deaths. As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases in the world stood at 3,24,71,119 and the fatalities rose to 9,87,593.

     
     
    India reports 86,052 new Covid cases; Total crosses 58 lakh
    25-09-2020 11:30

    India has reported 86,052 new Covid-19 cases and 1,141 deaths in the last 24 hours taking its tally to 58,18,570, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.

    Mizoram is the only state that has not reported any deaths, the ministry data showed and pointed out that more than 70 per cent of the 92,290 deaths so far are due to comorbidities.

    Maharashtra is the worst affected state. It has reported 459 deaths in the past 24 hours. Total death tally in the state is 34,345 so far. There are 2,75,404 active Covid cases and so far, a total 9,73,214 people have recovered in the state. In the last 24 hours, 17,184 left quarantine centres and hospitals after recuperating completely.

    Karnataka has reported 65 deaths in the last 24 hours taking its toll to 8,331. There are 95,568 active Covid cases in the state. In the past one day, 6,748 recovered of the total 4,44,658 recoveries in the state.

    Ladakh where the country is facing tension at the borders with China reported three deaths from Covid in the last 24 hours. A total of 54 people have succumbed to the deadly virus in the newly created union territory. There are 1,022 active Covid cases. So far 2,893 people have recovered from the deadly virus in Ladkah and in the last 24 hours a total 49 people have left hospitals and quarantine centres.

    A senior officer in the ministry stated that a total 81,177 people were discharged from various hospitals and quarantine centres in the last 24 hours across the country. So far, a total 47,56,164 people have recovered from the deadly viral infection.

    The recovery rate from coronavirus in India at 81.74 per cent is the highest in the world. There are 9,70,116 active cases presently in the country.

    According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total 14,92,409 people in India were tested for Covid on Thursday. The institute stated that the cumulative total samples tested so far stands at 6,89,28,440.

     
     
    Over 57 lakh Covid cases, above 91,000 deaths in India
    24-09-2020 10:30

    With a spike of 86,508 coronavirus cases in 24 hours India's tally on Thursday reached 57,32,518 and there were 1,129 deaths in one day.

    Out of the total cases, 9,66,382 are currently active, 46,74,987 have been discharged, while 91,149 lost the battle against the viral disease.

    Continuing with its record, India posted 81.55 per cent of recoveries while the fatality rate stood at 1.59 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

    Maharashtra continued to be the worst-hit with a total of 12,63,799 cases, including 33,886 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 11,56,569 sample tests in a single day on Wednesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 6,74,36,031.

     
     
    India with over 56 lakh Covid cases, goes past 90,000 deaths
    23-09-2020 10:30

    India's tally on Wednesday crossed 56 lakh cases following a spike of 83,347 fresh coronavirus infections reported in 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    There were 1,085 new deaths as the toll in past more than eight months reached 90,020 and the total cases mounted to 56,46,010.

    India is the second worst hit country by the pandemic just behind the US, where they have recorded 2 lakh deaths.

    Out of the total cases in India, 9,68,377 are currently active, and 45,87,613 have been discharged, making the rate of recoveries best in the world.

    While the recovery rate stands at 81.25 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.59 per cent.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 12,42,770 cases, including 33,407 deaths, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 9,53,683 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 6,62,79,462.

    The Union Health Ministry had said that it has increased the testing infrastructure exponentially. Till July 7, India had tested 1 crore samples and it took us 27 days to add 2 crore tests. By August 3, we had tested 3 crore samples. During this period, the laboratories were increased from 1,100 to 1,300 in the country.

    On Tuesday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccinein India might not reach 100 per cent. "We are aiming for 100 per cent efficacy but may land between 50 to 100 per cent. However, it still would be an effective vaccine against the virus," Balram Bhargava, ICMR Director General said.

     
     
    Across 55 lakh, India's active cases dip, recoveries shoot up
    22-09-2020 10:50

    In a major relief India showed a spike of 75,083 fresh coronavirus cases in a day, nearly 20,000 less than its daily surge reported last week. Even though it crossed the 55 lakh-mark of total cases, it continued to show highest recovery rate, Health Ministry data showed on Tuesday.

    There were now 9,75,861 active cases, while 44,97,867 have recovered, with 1,01,468 in the past 24 hours while 1,053 died taking the toll to 88,935.

    With a tally of 55,62,663 cases, India's recovery rate stands at 80.86 per cent, and the fatality rate is 1.60 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

    Even though India rallies behind the US for the total number of coronavirus cases, it has overtaken the country to become number one in terms of global recoveries.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 12,24,380 cases including 33,015 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 9,33,185 sample tests in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 6,53,25,779.
     
     
    India records 86,961 Covid cases and 1,130 deaths in past 24 hours
    21-09-2020 10:50

    With 86,961 fresh coronavirus cases and 1,130 deaths in 24 hours, India's Covid-19 tally on Monday inched closer to 55 lakh-mark with a total of 54,87,580 cases in 235 days since the first case was reported on January 30.

    Out of the total cases, 10,03,299 are currently active, 43,96,399 have recovered, while 87,882 lost the battle against the pandemic.

    Even though India rallies behind the US for the number of coronavirus cases, it has overtaken the country to become number one in terms of recoveries. The recovery rate stands at 79.68 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.61 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 12,08,642 cases, including 32,671 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 7,31,534 sample tests in a single day on Sunday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 64,392,594.

    India is the second worst-hit behind the US which has 67,99,044 cases and 1,99,474 deaths. The total number of cases in the world stands at 3,09,18,269 and the fatalities are 9,59,332.

    The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (45,44,629), Russia (10,98,958), Peru (7,62,865), Colombia (7,58,398), Mexico (6,97,663), South Africa (6,61,211), Spain (6,40,040), Argentina (6,31,365), France (4,67,614), Chile (4,46,274), Iran (4,22,140), the UK (3,96,744), Bangladesh (3,48,918), Saudi Arabia (3,29,754) and Iraq (3,19,035), the CSSE figures showed.

     
     
    Over 96,000 Covid cases in India over past 24 hours
    18-09-2020 10:20

    With a massive spike of 96,424 new cases and 1,172 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's Covid-19 tally on Friday crossed the 52-lakh mark.

    Out of the total 52,14,677 cases, 10,17,754 are active while 41,12,551 have recovered from the deadly virus and 84,372 succumbed to the disease, the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.

    Maharashtra remains the worst hit state followed by Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.

    According to the data released by the MoHFW, the fatality rate has reached to 1.63 per cent while the recovery rate is at 78.64 per cent.

    As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 6,15,72,343 samples were tested up to September 17 of which 10,06,615 were tested in the past 24 hours.
     
    India's Covid-19 cases cross 50 lakh-mark
    16-09-2020 10:00

    With a massive spike of 90,123 cases, including 1,290 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Wednesday crossed the grim mark of 50 lakh, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    The total corona tally stands at 50,20,359 cases.

    On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5. In 11 days, it added another 10 lakh cases, mounting to 50 lakh cases on Wednesday.

    Out of the total cases, 9,95,933 are active, 39,42,360 have been discharged, while 82,066 lost the battle against the viral disease. In the last 24 hours, 82,961 patients were discharged.

    While the recovery rate stands at a whooping high of 78.53 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.63 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 10,97,856 cases, including 30,409 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

    On Monday, the ministry asked Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to ramp up their testing. These are the states whose positivity rates are faring above the national average. Meanwhile, four of these states account for more than half (53.5 per cent) of the active cases.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 11,16,842 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,94,29,115.
     
     
    Over 80,000 people have lost Covid battle so far in India as tally breaches 49 lakh mark
    15-09-2020 10:30

    India has lost 80,776 people to the Coronavirus till date, Health Ministry data revealed on Tuesday that also showed a spike of 83,809 new cases in the past 24 hours.

    With 1,054 deaths India now has a toll that is barely 5,000 short of total Covid-19 cases reported in China, the ground zero of the virus that turned into a pandemic since the first case was reported in Wuhan in December 2019.

    China has so far recorded only 85,202 cases while India that reported its first Covid-19 case on January 30, now has 49,30,236 cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

    Out of the total cases, 9,90,061 are the active, 38,59,399 have been discharged, while 79,292 were cured in the past one day.

    While the recovery rate is 78 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.64 per cent.

    On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days, on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with a total of 10,60,308 cases, including 29,531 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 10,72,845 sample tests in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,83,12,273.

    The US is the only nation worse hit than India with 65,53,303 cases and and 1,94,489 deaths so far.
     
    India records 92,000 new cases, Covid tally crosses 48 lakh
    14-09-2020 10:50

    With a massive spike of 92,071 cases, including 1,136 deaths in 24 hours, India's total tally of Covid-19 cases reached 48,46,427, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data on Monday.

    Out of the total cases, 9,86,598 are the active ones, 37,80,107 have been discharged, while 79,722 lost the battle against the viral disease. In the last 24 hours, 77,512 patients were discharged.

    While the recovery rate is 77.88 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.65 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

    On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days, on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5.

    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with a total of 10,37,765 cases, including 29,115 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 9,78,500 sample tests in a single day on Sunday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,72,39,428.

    On the global front, India remains the second worst-hit nation with the Covid-19 pandemic while the US leads the board with 65,19,121 total cases and 1,94,041 deaths. The maximum number of deaths occurred in the US followed by Brazil and India.

    Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare asked Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to make adequate oxygen availability while ensuring unrestricted intra as well as interstate movement of the oxygen.

    To allay fears regarding the safety aspect of the coronavirus vaccines, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that he will be happy to take the first dose. He assured the vaccine will be first made available to those who need it the most, irrespective of their paying capacity.

     
     
    With 97,570 new cases India's single day surge is highest
    12-09-2020 10:10

    India on Saturday once again recorded an unprecedented spike in a single day as 97,570 fresh Covid cases were recorded taking the total tally to 46,59,984, the Union Health Ministry data revealed.

    It is more than double the single day spike in the US, which is the only country ahead of India.

    There were 1,201 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, with the toll reaching 77,472 so far.

    Out of the total cases, 9,58,316 are active, 36,24,196 have recovered so far. The first case was reported in the US on January 21, while in India it was on January 30. The US accounts for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 64,43,048 and 1,92,968 respectively, according to the CSSE.

    India has long breached US' single day tally of cases, but the US still holds the single day deaths record of 2,494 on April 15.

    Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-hit states. They account for above 60 per cent of the active cases, according to the Ministry.

    The recovery rate stands at 77.65 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.67 per cent, the Ministry data showed.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 10,91,251 tests in a single day on Friday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,51,89,226.

     
     
    Unprecedented surge in single-day spike of Covid cases, deaths in India
    11-09-2020 10:10

    India on Friday recorded an unprecedented rise in single-day spike both in number of fresh cases and deaths in 24 hours. There were 96,551 new infections reported that took the total tally to 45,62,414, the Union Health Ministry data revealed.

    There were 1,209 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, which is also the highest fatality in a single day, with the toll reaching 76,271 so far.

    Out of the total cases, 9,43,480 are active, 35,42,663 have recovered so far as India rallies just behind the US. The first case was reported in the US on January 21, while in India it was on January 30. The US accounts for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 63,95,904 and 1,91,753, respectively.

    India has breached US' single day tally of cases, but the US still holds the single day deaths record of 2,494 on April 15.

    Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-hit states. They account for over more than 60 per cent of the active cases, according to the Ministry.

    The recovery rate stands at 77.74 per cent, while the fatality rate has dipped to 1.68 per cent, the Ministry data showed.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 11,63,542 tests in a single day on Thursday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,40,97,975.

    Meanwhile, the Health Ministry and ICMR have jointly written to all the States and UTs and urged them to ensure that the all symptomatic negative cases of rapid antigen test are mandatorily retested using the gold standard RT-PCR test to ensure that such symptomatic negative cases do not remain untested and spread the disease

    The Ministry has also urged the States and UTs to urgently establish a monitoring mechanism in every district, a designated officer or a team, and at the State level to follow up such cases.

     
    India now inching closer to 1 lakh cases per day
    10-09-2020 10:10

    India on Thursday witnessed a record spike of 95,735 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day increase till date, taking the total tally to 44,65,863, the Union Health Ministry data revealed.

    There were 1,172 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, which is also the highest fatality in a single day so far. India on Tuesday recorded 1,133 deaths and on July 29 there were 1,129. India's deaths per day are now crossing US' which is the worst-hit by the pandemic.

    India is currently the second-worst hit country after the US since the first case was reported on January 30.

    Out of the total 44,65,863 cases, 9,19,018 are active, 34,71,783 have recovered so far, while 75,062 have died.

    The recovery rate stands at 77.77 per cent, the fatality rate at 1.69 per cent, the Ministry data showed.

    Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-hit states. They account for over 62 per cent of the active cases, according to the Ministry.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 11,29,756 tests in a single day on Wednesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,29,34,433.

     
     
    With 89,000 fresh cases India's Covid-19 tally reaches 43.7 lakh
    09-09-2020 10:55

    India on Wednesday witnessed a spike of 89,706 fresh cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) taking the total tally to 43,70,128 with 1,115 deaths due to pandemic in last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry data revealed.

    The spike of 89,706 cases comes a day after India witnessed a decline of fresh cases on Tuesday with 75,809 cases.

    India now is the second worst hit country after the US, with 43.7 million Covid-19 cases since the first was reported on January 30.

    Out of the total 43,70,128 cases, 8,97,394 are active cases; 33,98,844 have recovered so far while 73,890 lost the battle against the deadly virus.

    While the recovery rate was at a whopping high of 77.77 per cent, the fatality rate stands at 1.69 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare shows.

    Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-hit states. These five states account for over 62 per cent of the active cases, according to the Health Ministry.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 11,54,549 tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,18,04,677.

     
     
    With 1,133 deaths, India witnesses highest single-day toll
    08-09-2020 11:55

    After breaching single day records of highest Covid cases in the world going past 90,000, India on Tuesday said it has registered 75,809 fresh cases in 24 hours, when it marked the largest spike in deaths in a day with 1,133 new fatalities.

    India now is the second worst hit country after the US, with 42,80,442 coronavirus cases since the first was reported on January 30. The US has recorded 63,00,431 cases and 1,89,206 deaths so far, since the virus was first detected in China's Wuhan in December 2019.

    Out of the total 42,04,613 cases, 8,836,97 are active cases; 33,23,950 have recovered so far while 72,775 lost the battle against the deadly virus.

    While the recovery rate was at a whopping high of 77.65 per cent, the fatality rate stands at 1.70 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare shows. The last highest deaths recorded due to the virus on a single day was on July 23, when 1,129 died in 24 hours.

    Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-hit states. These five states account for over 62 per cent of the active cases, according to the Health Ministry.

    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 10,98,621 tests in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,06,50,128.

     
     
    With 83,341 new corona cases, India's tally reaches 39 lakh
    04-09-2020 10:40 
     
    With 83,341 fresh coronavirus infections in 24 hours, India's tally mounted to 39,36,747 on Friday, while the death toll climbed to 68,472 with 1,096 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry.
     
    Out of total confirmed cases, 8,31,124 are the active cases, while a total of 30,37,151 have recovered from the virus so far. With 66,659 recoveries in a day, the recovery rate has increased to 77.15 per cent.
     
    The number of patients recovering is on a steady rise over the past several months. As the daily recoveries increase, India has registered more than 60,000 recoveries each day, eighth day in a row.
     
    "Less than two per cent of the active cases are on ventilators; two per cent is in ICUs; and less than 3.5 per cent are on oxygen support. This is due to early detection, early hospitalisation and effective clinical management based on the Standard Treatment Protocol," the Health Ministry said.
     
    Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 8,43,844 cases and 25,586 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh with 4,65,730 cases and 4,200 deaths. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, and Bihar come next.
     
    According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 11,69,765 tests in a single day on Thursday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 4,66,79,145.
     
    On the global front, India still remains the third worst hit nation with the Covid-19 pandemic while the US and Brazil lead the board with 6,149,265 and 4,041,638 total cases, respectively. India is a lakh cases short of crossing Brazil.
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