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  • Coronavirus India update: Testing facilities ramped up rapidly to 1,370 labs now from just one in January Aug 07, 2020 11:58 AM IST

    Coronavirus India update: Testing facilities ramped up rapidly to 1,370 labs now from just one in January

    The lab network includes 921 labs in the government sector and 449 private labs.

  • Centre launches Hyderabad based ICRISAT's 'Mausam' app for weather forecasts Jul 27, 2020 04:45 PM IST

    Centre launches Hyderabad based ICRISAT's 'Mausam' app for weather forecasts

    The mobile application, 'Mausam', has been designed and developed jointly by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune and the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: No community transmission in India; following all standards for COVID-19 vaccine development Jul 14, 2020 09:09 AM IST

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: No community transmission in India; following all standards for COVID-19 vaccine development

    Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan also said that the letter by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), pushing for fast tracking of an indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidate, was “misinterpreted”.

  • AAP leader Sanjay Singh urges Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to make COVID-19 testing facility flexible Jun 13, 2020 08:50 PM IST

    AAP leader Sanjay Singh urges Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to make COVID-19 testing facility flexible

    Singh requested him to provide more licenses to the pathological labs and to give more testing kits to the state governments.

  • Mumbai's new flood warning system launched, CM Uddhav Thackeray calls it 'boon' Jun 12, 2020 05:30 PM IST

    Mumbai's new flood warning system launched, CM Uddhav Thackeray calls it 'boon'

    IFLOWS-Mumbai has been developed as a state-of-the-art flood warning system for Mumbai to enhance the resilience of Mumbai by providing early warning for flooding specially during high rainfall events and cyclones, an official statement said.

  • COVID-19: 4 vaccine candidates may enter clinical trial phase in 3-5 months: Harsh Vardhan May 25, 2020 11:17 AM IST

    COVID-19: 4 vaccine candidates may enter clinical trial phase in 3-5 months: Harsh Vardhan

    "There are more than 100 candidates for developing a vaccine that are working at different levels. The WHO is coordinating the efforts," the health minister said.

  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan takes charge as WHO Executive Board Chairman May 22, 2020 06:15 PM IST

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan takes charge as WHO Executive Board Chairman

    In his remarks after being elected as the chairman of the WHO executive board, Vardhan also said a strengthening of global partnerships and a shared response was needed to deal with the current crisis caused by the pandemic.

  • Harsh Vardhan set to be WHO Executive Board chairman: Officials May 20, 2020 08:41 AM IST

    Harsh Vardhan set to be WHO Executive Board chairman: Officials

    Vardhan would succeed Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, currently the Chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board.

  • 30 municipal areas account for 79% of India's coronavirus infection caseload, GoM told May 15, 2020 07:24 PM IST

    30 municipal areas account for 79% of India's coronavirus infection caseload, GoM told

    At the 15th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) held under the chairmanship of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, a detailed presentation on the current situation due to the coronavirus outbreak, both globally and in India, was made, according to a health ministry statement.

  • Doubling time of COVID-19 cases slows down to 13.9 days in last 3 days: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan May 14, 2020 06:17 PM IST

    Doubling time of COVID-19 cases slows down to 13.9 days in last 3 days: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    The minister, who visited the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) here and dedicated the COBAS 6800 testing machine to the nation, said 14 states and Union Territories have not reported any case of COVID-19 in last 24 hours.

  • National Institute of Virology develops 1st indigenous antibody detection kit for COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan May 10, 2020 08:42 PM IST

    National Institute of Virology develops 1st indigenous antibody detection kit for COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan

    The test kit has the advantage of testing 90 samples together in a single run of 2.5 hours so that healthcare professionals can proceed quickly with necessary next steps, Vardhan said.

  • No COVID-19 case reported in 10 states, UTs in last 24 hours: Harsh Vardhan May 10, 2020 07:50 PM IST

    No COVID-19 case reported in 10 states, UTs in last 24 hours: Harsh Vardhan

    According to health ministry data, 1,511 COVID-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours -- the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day.

  • Testing capacity for COVID-19 scaled up to 95,000 per day: Harsh Vardhan May 09, 2020 08:00 PM IST

    Testing capacity for COVID-19 scaled up to 95,000 per day: Harsh Vardhan

    During the high-level meeting with Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, Vardhan appreciated the dedication of all the states in combating COVID-19.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | 9 crore people have downloaded Aarogya Setu app: Govt May 06, 2020 03:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | 9 crore people have downloaded Aarogya Setu app: Govt

    The GoM was informed that "people have informed about their health status on the application which has helped in tracing those suffering with any symptoms for COVID-19 containment”, the health ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • No community transmission of COVID-19, behavioural changes may be new 'healthy' normal: Harsh Vardhan May 05, 2020 02:55 PM IST

    No community transmission of COVID-19, behavioural changes may be new 'healthy' normal: Harsh Vardhan

    The nation in a post-coronavirus future could well look back on the pandemic period as a “blessing in disguise” if Indians imbibe hand, respiratory and environmental hygiene and practise it in their everyday lives, Vardhan said.

  • India has been saved from entering stage 3 of community transmission: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan May 04, 2020 03:17 PM IST

    India has been saved from entering stage 3 of community transmission: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    In an interview with CNN-News18, he outlines the steps taken by the government to combat the spread of the virus and the impact of lockdown.

  • Rate of growth of new COVID-19 cases steadying for a while: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan May 03, 2020 07:09 PM IST

    Rate of growth of new COVID-19 cases steadying for a while: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    "The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has steadily increased which shows that more and more of these patients are getting better and going back home," he said.

  • COVID-19 situation improving in India, mortality rate 3.1% while globally it's 7%: Harsh Vardhan Apr 27, 2020 07:02 AM IST

    COVID-19 situation improving in India, mortality rate 3.1% while globally it's 7%: Harsh Vardhan

    As many as 5,913 people have been cured of the disease so far which puts the recovery rate around 22 per cent, also better than most countries, he said.

  • Hotspot districts moving towards being non-hotspot districts: Health Minister Apr 26, 2020 06:39 PM IST

    Hotspot districts moving towards being non-hotspot districts: Health Minister

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said the coronavirus situation in the country is improving as many hotspot districts (HSD) are moving towards being non-hotspot districts (NHSD).

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Action will be taken against hospitals if they turn away patients: Vardhan Apr 18, 2020 08:02 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Action will be taken against hospitals if they turn away patients: Vardhan

    He said these patients include those requiring dialysis, blood transfusion and those suffering from respiratory or heart diseases.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Kerala-based institute develops test kit that can confirm COVID-19 in 2 hours: Vardhan Apr 18, 2020 07:45 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Kerala-based institute develops test kit that can confirm COVID-19 in 2 hours: Vardhan

    A total of 30 samples can be tested in a single batch on a single machine, he said.

  • Lockdown, social distancing most effective 'social vaccines' to fight COVID-19: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Apr 11, 2020 04:55 PM IST

    Lockdown, social distancing most effective 'social vaccines' to fight COVID-19: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    As of April 8, a total of 104,764 tests were carried out in India, he said, adding the present capacity of testing is 20,000 per day.

  • People humiliating medical professionals should be named and shamed: Harsh Vardhan Apr 09, 2020 07:55 PM IST

    People humiliating medical professionals should be named and shamed: Harsh Vardhan

    Vardhan was delivering the keynote address at the 'Global Online Conference on COVID-19: Fall-out and Future' organised by The Times School of Media, which is part of the Bennett University.

  • Coronavirus pandemic: COVID-19 cases in India soar to 606 Mar 25, 2020 08:12 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic: COVID-19 cases in India soar to 606

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also chaired a GoM meeting to assess the situation in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

  • Is India ready to fight and beat a coronavirus epidemic? Mar 12, 2020 10:03 AM IST

    Is India ready to fight and beat a coronavirus epidemic?

    India cannot impose mass quarantine and hospitalization as has been done by China, but it can put in a triage – milder infection taken care of at home and only critical patients admitted to hospital

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