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  • Nipah scare | Need to put districts neighbouring Kozhikode on alert: Centre to Kerala govt Sep 06, 2021 07:40 PM IST

    Nipah scare | Need to put districts neighbouring Kozhikode on alert: Centre to Kerala govt

    Based on the feedback received from a central team that visited Kozhikode following a minor's death due to the Nipah virus, the Union Health Ministry has recommended the Kerala government to strengthen surveillance and focus on contact tracing.

  • How to identify fake COVID-19 vaccines? Centre issues guidelines Sep 05, 2021 04:40 PM IST

    How to identify fake COVID-19 vaccines? Centre issues guidelines

    The Union Health Ministry shared a list of parameters with the states and Union territories to identify the authentic versions of Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V vaccines.

  • COVID-19 'breakthrough' cases on rise in Kerala, over 40,000 vaccinated persons infected: Reports Aug 11, 2021 07:23 PM IST

    COVID-19 'breakthrough' cases on rise in Kerala, over 40,000 vaccinated persons infected: Reports

    Around 20,000 of the total breakthrough infections in Kerala has been reported in Pathanamthitta district.

  • COVID-19 | Consider imposing local restrictions for upcoming festivals: Centre asks state governments Aug 04, 2021 10:59 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Consider imposing local restrictions for upcoming festivals: Centre asks state governments

    "The ICMR and NCDC have expressed concern regarding the potential of mass gathering events during festivals turning into super spreader events, thereby leading to a spike in Covid cases," Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in his letter to chief secretaries and administrators of all states and UTs.

  • Population Control | Not deviated from 'Mission Parivar Vikas' goals: Govt in Rajya Sabha Jul 20, 2021 04:46 PM IST

    Population Control | Not deviated from 'Mission Parivar Vikas' goals: Govt in Rajya Sabha

    The Centre also released the name of states that have shown decline in the total fertility rate from 2016-18.

  • COVID-19 | Over 38.50 crore vaccine doses administered so far: Govt Jul 13, 2021 10:10 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Over 38.50 crore vaccine doses administered so far: Govt

    As many as 34,10,974 vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday, health ministry said.

  • COVID-19 update | Centre approves Rs 23,123 crore as emergency health package to fight pandemic Jul 13, 2021 04:33 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | Centre approves Rs 23,123 crore as emergency health package to fight pandemic

    With the help of this emergency package, the health ministry is aiming at augmenting 20,000 ICU beds in public healthcare system with 20 percent pediatrics ICU beds.

  • Cabinet approves additional Rs 23,123 crore Covid fund announced earlier Jul 08, 2021 07:06 PM IST

    Cabinet approves additional Rs 23,123 crore Covid fund announced earlier

    The Cabinet also green lit the government's earlier announcement to cover Agri Produce Market Committies (APMCs) under the Rs 1 lakh agriculture infrastructure fund.

  • Over 58.1 lakh Covid vaccine doses administered on June 26, cumulative coverage crosses 32 crore Jun 26, 2021 09:28 PM IST

    Over 58.1 lakh Covid vaccine doses administered on June 26, cumulative coverage crosses 32 crore

    About 36,68,189 vaccine doses were administered as first dose and 1,14,506 vaccine doses given as second in the age group 18-44 years Saturday.

  • COVID-19 update | Vaccination of 60-plus population sluggish after initial high; experts raise concerns Jun 26, 2021 05:28 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | Vaccination of 60-plus population sluggish after initial high; experts raise concerns

    According to Health Ministry data, 2.29 crore elderly people have been fully vaccinated so far while 6.71 crore have received just one dose of COVID-19 vaccine till now.

  • Govt hopes to receive Pfizer, Moderna vaccines this year ; COVAXIN Phase 3 data submitted to DCGI, says Dr VK Paul Jun 21, 2021 04:30 PM IST

    Govt hopes to receive Pfizer, Moderna vaccines this year ; COVAXIN Phase 3 data submitted to DCGI, says Dr VK Paul

    The conditions put forth by Pfizer and Moderna are "alien to us", Dr VK Paul said, adding that the government is working towards finding a middle ground.

  • Over 3.06 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states and UTs Jun 20, 2021 02:28 PM IST

    Over 3.06 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states and UTs

    29,10,54,050 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories (UTs) so far through the government of India's free of cost channel and the direct state procurement category.

  • Centre trashes 'unsound' int'l magazine report claiming COVID-19 death toll 5-7 times higher in country Jun 12, 2021 07:02 PM IST

    Centre trashes 'unsound' int'l magazine report claiming COVID-19 death toll 5-7 times higher in country

    "The unsound analysis of the said article is based on extrapolation of data without any epidemiological evidence," the Union Health Ministry said.

  • COVID-19: Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik will be sold at these prices at private hospitals Jun 08, 2021 09:58 PM IST

    COVID-19: Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik will be sold at these prices at private hospitals

    COVID Vaccine Prices: The rates announced by the government are based on the current prices declared by manufacturer of Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik vaccines and could be suitably modified in future if manufacturers change the prices

  • India witnessing 68 % decline in daily COVID-19 caseload; health officials urge caution as states lift curbs Jun 04, 2021 05:27 PM IST

    India witnessing 68 % decline in daily COVID-19 caseload; health officials urge caution as states lift curbs

    The country has overtaken the United States of America in terms of number of people who have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, as per Our World in Data, Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog member said.

  • COVID-19 vaccine update | BMC, government vaccination centres to stay shut tomorrow in Mumbai due to inadequate stock Jun 02, 2021 10:00 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine update | BMC, government vaccination centres to stay shut tomorrow in Mumbai due to inadequate stock

    Mumbai recorded 925 positive cases, while 1632 cases in past 24 hours. With this, a total of 6,74,296 people recovered in the financial capital while 16,850 people are still active.

  • COVID-19 vaccination update | India crosses milestone of administering 22 crore doses: Govt Jun 02, 2021 09:23 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccination update | India crosses milestone of administering 22 crore doses: Govt

    The Health Ministry said that 11,37,597 beneficiaries between the age group 18-44 years received their first dose and 19,523 beneficiaries of the same age group received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

  • Two doses of different COVID-19 vaccines not a cause of concern : NITI Aayog member VK Paul May 27, 2021 05:41 PM IST

    Two doses of different COVID-19 vaccines not a cause of concern : NITI Aayog member VK Paul

    Paul, who is also head of India’s COVID-19 task force, insisted that the protocol of administering two doses of the same vaccine should be followed by healthcare workers.

  • COVID-19 update | No evidence that children will be severely affected in third wave, says AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria May 24, 2021 05:26 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | No evidence that children will be severely affected in third wave, says AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria

    Guleria's comment comes a day after the Indian Academy of Paediatrics has said that though kids remain susceptible to COVID-19 infection, it is “highly unlikely that the third wave will predominantly or exclusively affect children”.

  • COVID-19 | Children at high risk in 'upcoming third wave', ensure ambulance services: NCPCR to Health Ministry May 20, 2021 06:48 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Children at high risk in 'upcoming third wave', ensure ambulance services: NCPCR to Health Ministry

    A third wave of COVID-19 is projected to hit the country and according to experts, it may affect children in large numbers, the child rights' body said.

  • Plasma therapy dropped from clinical management guidelines for COVID-19 patients May 17, 2021 10:24 PM IST

    Plasma therapy dropped from clinical management guidelines for COVID-19 patients

    The decision comes a day after members of ICMR's National Task Force said they were not in favour of continuing the plasma therapy on COVID-19 patients due to its ineffectiveness and inappropriate use in several cases.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine | Gap between two Covishield doses extended to 12-16 weeks: Union Health Ministry May 13, 2021 04:44 PM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccine | Gap between two Covishield doses extended to 12-16 weeks: Union Health Ministry

    The suggestion to increase the gap between two Covishield doses was made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).

  • COVID-19 | Hospital admission policy revised; test report not needed, no refusal of service on any count — here are key points May 08, 2021 09:53 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Hospital admission policy revised; test report not needed, no refusal of service on any count — here are key points

    The national policy has been revised amid a nationwide surge in coronavirus infections, which has led to a sharp increase in the number of patients seeking hospital admissions.

  • Centre revises policy, COVID-19 positive test report no longer mandatory for admission to hospital May 08, 2021 02:58 PM IST

    Centre revises policy, COVID-19 positive test report no longer mandatory for admission to hospital

    "No patient will be refused services on any count. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city," the Union Health Ministry said.

  • Start wearing masks inside homes as well, says Govt as second COVID-19 wave continues to rage Apr 26, 2021 06:08 PM IST

    Start wearing masks inside homes as well, says Govt as second COVID-19 wave continues to rage

    Research has shown that if no physical distancing measures are followed, one person can infect 406 people in 30 days, the government said.

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