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  • Health Ministry issues guidelines on COVID-19 management in peri-urban, rural and tribal areas May 16, 2021 02:30 PM IST

    Health Ministry issues guidelines on COVID-19 management in peri-urban, rural and tribal areas

    The ministry has suggested surveillance, screening, home and community-based isolation and planning for health infrastructure for managing COVID at the rural level.

  • Has Covishield dose interval extended due to vaccine crunch? 'Saddened' by such allegations, says Dr VK Paul May 15, 2021 05:19 PM IST

    Has Covishield dose interval extended due to vaccine crunch? 'Saddened' by such allegations, says Dr VK Paul

    Dr VK Paul's response to the controversy comes two days after the Centre, based on an expert panel's recommendation, increased the gap between two doses of Covishield vaccine from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks.

  • Recoveries outnumber new COVID cases; active cases down by 31,091 May 15, 2021 02:15 PM IST

    Recoveries outnumber new COVID cases; active cases down by 31,091

    The number of people who recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours was 3,53,299, while the number of new cases recorded in the same period was 3,26,098, according to ministry data updated at 8 am.

  • Coronavirus India News Highlights: COVID pandemic to be 'far more deadly' this year, WHO warns May 14, 2021 07:53 AM IST

    Coronavirus India News Highlights: COVID pandemic to be 'far more deadly' this year, WHO warns

    Coronavirus India News Highlights: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered inched closer to 18 crore, the Union Health Ministry said.

  • COVID-19 2nd Wave | Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw questions Centre on vaccine production, asks for transparency May 11, 2021 01:00 PM IST

    COVID-19 2nd Wave | Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw questions Centre on vaccine production, asks for transparency

    Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw’s tweet comes as India is embattled in a ferocious second wave of COVID-19, even as the country-wide vaccination drive crawls at a slow pace due to supply shortages.

  • 6,738 oxygen concentrators, 3,856 cylinders received as foreign aid amid COVID-19 surge: Govt May 09, 2021 08:34 PM IST

    6,738 oxygen concentrators, 3,856 cylinders received as foreign aid amid COVID-19 surge: Govt

    The Government of India has designed a streamlined and systematic mechanism for effective allocation, and prompt distribution and delivery of the support supplies received by India.

  • Over 84 lakh vaccine doses still available with states, UTs; 17.49 crore doses provided so far: Govt May 08, 2021 03:18 PM IST

    Over 84 lakh vaccine doses still available with states, UTs; 17.49 crore doses provided so far: Govt

    The Health Ministry said that states with a negative balance are showing more consumption (including wastage) than vaccine supplied as they have "not reconciled the vaccine they have supplied to the armed forces".

  • COVID-19: When should you get hospitalised? Health Ministry lists signs and symptoms May 04, 2021 02:47 PM IST

    COVID-19: When should you get hospitalised? Health Ministry lists signs and symptoms

    Signs and symptoms which require immediate medical attention include difficulty in breathing, dip in oxygen saturation (SpO2 < 94% on room air), persistent pain/pressure in the chest or mental confusion.

  • Govt clarifies on vaccine orders; shares details of procurement, payment to Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech May 03, 2021 03:46 PM IST

    Govt clarifies on vaccine orders; shares details of procurement, payment to Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech

    The government says it advanced around Rs 1,700 crore to SII on April 28 for 11 crore doses of Covishield vaccine and paid Bharat Biotech Rs. 772.5 crore on the same day for 5 crore Covaxin doses for distribution during May, June and July.

  • Coronavirus update: India records 3,68,147 new cases in single day May 03, 2021 10:05 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India records 3,68,147 new cases in single day

    The death toll increased to 2,18,959 with 3,417 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • Over 80,000 people in 18-44 age group vaccinated on May 1: Centre May 02, 2021 07:14 AM IST

    Over 80,000 people in 18-44 age group vaccinated on May 1: Centre

    The total vaccinations across the country rose to over 15.66 crore.

  • COVID-19 pandemic is 'once in a century' crisis: Council of Ministers Apr 30, 2021 05:13 PM IST

    COVID-19 pandemic is 'once in a century' crisis: Council of Ministers

    The council noted that India could successfully produce two vaccines and there are many candidates at the various stages of approval and induction. More than 16 crore vaccinations have been done as on date.

  • Health Ministry revises home isolation guidelines amid COVID-19 second wave: Check details here Apr 29, 2021 03:32 PM IST

    Health Ministry revises home isolation guidelines amid COVID-19 second wave: Check details here

    The asymptomatic and mildly infected patients would be allowed to isolate at home only if their oxygen saturation at room air is above 94 percent.

  • Centre says over one crore COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states Apr 29, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    Centre says over one crore COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states

    On media reports quoting some Maharashtra State Government officials that vaccines in the state are "finished" and adversely impacting the vaccination drive, the ministry said a balance of 7,49,960 vaccine doses is still available with the state for administration to eligible population groups.

  • Coronavirus update | India adds over 3.60 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases in single day Apr 28, 2021 11:34 AM IST

    Coronavirus update | India adds over 3.60 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases in single day

    The death toll stands at 2,01,187, the Union health ministry data stated.

  • Coronavirus News Highlights: Kerala govt to purchase one crore COVID-19 vaccines Apr 28, 2021 07:34 AM IST

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Kerala govt to purchase one crore COVID-19 vaccines

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Registering a steady increase, the active cases have risen to 29,78,709, comprising 16.55 percent of the total infections

  • India better prepared this year to beat COVID-19 compared to 2020: Harsh Vardhan Apr 27, 2021 06:56 PM IST

    India better prepared this year to beat COVID-19 compared to 2020: Harsh Vardhan

    Health Minister also said that in 2021, the country is better prepared mentally and physically with more experience to beat the pandemic as compared to last year.

  • Set up more private centres before vaccination of people in 18-45 age group begins: Centre to states Apr 24, 2021 08:49 PM IST

    Set up more private centres before vaccination of people in 18-45 age group begins: Centre to states

    The states and UTs were asked to prioritise decision on direct procurement of vaccines by State/UT Government and publicising about facility of 'only online registration' for the 18-45 age group.

  • Delhi, 9 states account for 75% of new COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry Apr 23, 2021 12:40 PM IST

    Delhi, 9 states account for 75% of new COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry

    India added a record 3,32,730 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the country's infection tally to1,62,63,695, according to the ministry data updated on Friday.

  • COVID-19 disrupted food security for millions; will likely reverse progress on ending hunger by 2030: Dr Harsh Vardhan Apr 20, 2021 12:04 PM IST

    COVID-19 disrupted food security for millions; will likely reverse progress on ending hunger by 2030: Dr Harsh Vardhan

    Addressing the 54th Commission on Population and Development on the theme ‘Population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development’ here on Monday, he said that the Government of India accords the highest priority to food security and nutrition as evidenced by the various national legal instruments and schemes over the last few years.

  • Govt gives ‘advance’ of around Rs 4,500 crore to Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech Apr 19, 2021 09:19 PM IST

    Govt gives ‘advance’ of around Rs 4,500 crore to Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech

    “The Finance Ministry today has relaxed the general financial rules and permitted the Ministry of Health to pay, if they so wish, to make advance payment to vaccine suppliers, without a bank guarantee. I believe the Health Ministry is already doing so,” a top official told Moneycontrol

  • Percentage of patients requiring supplemental oxygen has risen in second wave: ICMR Apr 19, 2021 05:10 PM IST

    Percentage of patients requiring supplemental oxygen has risen in second wave: ICMR

    The ICMR compared data on hospitalised patients from September-November 2020 for the first wave, and March-April (so far) for the second wave. The presentation showed that the mean age of hospitalised patients has reduced only slightly in the second wave, to 48.9 years from 50.4 years.

  • COVID-19 2nd wave: These states, UTs report highest numbers Apr 19, 2021 03:25 PM IST

    COVID-19 2nd wave: These states, UTs report highest numbers

    The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases mounted to 1,50,61,919 with a record single-day rise of 2,73,810 coronavirus infections reported on April 19.

  • Explained | Here’s what the government is doing to supply oxygen across hospitals in the country Apr 16, 2021 03:47 PM IST

    Explained | Here’s what the government is doing to supply oxygen across hospitals in the country

    PM suggests increasing oxygen production, using surplus stocks in steel plants; 100 hospitals with PSA plants for manufacturing nutrient identified; 162 sanctioned under PM-Cares; permit-free movement of tankers cleared

  • COVID-19: Centre says enough oxygen stock available, states told to ensure no wastage Apr 15, 2021 02:32 PM IST

    COVID-19: Centre says enough oxygen stock available, states told to ensure no wastage

    States have been asked to set up control rooms to ensure smooth supply of oxygen to the districts according to need and review requirement of cylinders, tankers.

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