Addressing a press briefing, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 50 districts account for 66 percent of the total caseload and the COVID-19 case fatality rate has progressively declined to 2.10 percent, the lowest since the first lockdown was imposed on March 25.
According to the official, who is also a medical practitioner, doctors at fever clinics in medical colleges and hospitals in the state need not immediately prescribe RT-PCR test but should look for clear symptoms of COVID-19 infections.
The Chief Scientist of WHO, Soumya Swaminathan, in an interactive session through video conference said,as of now about 28 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are under clinical trial, of which five are entering Phase-II and over 150 candidates are in pre-clinical trials across the globe.
The talks included updates on animal health research, he said. China shut down a wildlife market in Wuhan at the start of the outbreak, a day after discovering some patients were vendors or dealers.
According to the study, published in the journal Biofuels, billions of items of disposable PPE can be converted from its plastic state into biofuels using a high-temperature chemical process called pyrolysis.
The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, has found that small molecule protease inhibitors show potency against human coronaviruses.
Favipiravir is the only oral anti-viral treatment approved in India for the potential treatment of patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 disease, the company said.
The Mumbai-based company has received a tentative approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Empagliflozin tablets, in strengths of 10 mg and 25 mg, Lupin said in a statement.
After the first dose being administered on July 31, all four volunteers showed nor reactions and the trials have begun on expected lines
Bhargava called India the pharmacy of the world.
The death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 38,938 with 803 fresh fatalities being reported in 24-hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
With more than 4.5 lakh COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (2.63 lakh) and Andhra Pradesh (1.66 lakh).
Siddaramaiah has also been admitted to Manipal Hospital where CM BS Yediyurappa is undergoing treatment for the novel coronavirus infection.
Coronavirus India highlights: Total confirmed cases have risen to over 18 lakh. India’s COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 66.31 percent.
With 3,81,027 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of Test Per Million (TPM) has increased to 14,640, the health ministry said in a statement.
On retesting within a few days of the first test, 12 out of the 15 COVID-19 positive students who stay in the hostels have tested negative, IISc said in a statement.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said that at least 150,000 packs of the drug, known as Avifavir, would be sent to Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay and Uruguay. The drug will also be supplied to South Africa, RDIF said in a statement.
The manufacturing will be undertaken at CP Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of the company based in North Wales, Wockhardt said in a statement.
Development of monoclonal antibodies to target the virus has been endorsed by leading scientists. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, called them "almost a sure bet" against COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan exhorted all nations to rigorously enforce health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing.
Uddhav Thackeray said facilities to fight the COVID-19 outbreak were being set up at grounds and halls and were temporary in nature, while the need of the moment was a permanent facility for treatment of and research into infectious diseases.
As part of the deal, Wockhardt will fill Oxford's coronavirus vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca in vials at its plant before shipping it out for vaccination.
With more than 4.41 lakh COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (2.57 lakh) and Andhra Pradesh (1.58 lakh).
As India’s COVID-19 tally surges, politicians and public figures are adding to the list of those getting infected. August 2 saw some of the biggest names in Indian politics report that they have been infected by the novel coronavirus.
Currently, phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine candidate is going on in the United Kingdom, phase 3 clinical trial in Brazil and phase 1 and 2 clinical trials in South Africa.