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NEET PG 2022 postponed by 6-8 weeks

New Delhi: The Union health ministry has postponed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduates (NEET PG) by about eight weeks. The exam was earlier scheduled on March 12. In a letter to the National Board of Examinations (NBE), the ministry said it had received representations from medical students requesting delay in the exam...

Centre proposes Rs 50,000 compensation for COVID-19 deaths to be paid by states

The Union government has informed the Supreme Court that those who died due to COVID-19 in the country will receive Rs 50,000 ex gratia from the state governments. The Centre has also clarified that the compensation will be also paid for future deaths due to the deadly virus. The state governments will source the fund...

Mansukh Mandaviya slams states for mismanagement in COVID-19 vaccination drive

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya has criticised state governments for mismanagement in the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination drive. The minister asserted that the health ministry informs the state governments of the vaccine stocks that will be provided to them well in advance. But, even then, long queues are being witnessed at vaccination centres due...

Centre raises concern over crowding, COVID inappropriate behaviour at tourist hotspots

At a time when the threat of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic looms large, the overcrowding at tourist hotspots across the country with the easing of lockdowns has raised the concerns of the Union government. Notably, visuals from several tourist places have gone viral on social media where the crowd can be seen...

People taking COVID-19 vaccine should not abandon safety measures: Health ministry

The Union government on Tuesday warned that people who get vaccinated in the phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme should not dump the safety protocols that they have been following until now. The health ministry said that even those who get vaccinated should wear masks, maintain physical distance and regularly wash hands to contain...

20 UK returnees to India infected with mutated strain of coronavirus

In a major cause of concern, 14 fresh cases of the new coronavirus strain detected in the UK have been found in India. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the total tally of persons infected with the new coronavirus strain to 20, the health ministry informed on Wednesday. The Centre had on Tuesday...

44,376 COVID-19 cases, 481 deaths in 24 hours in India

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that 44,376 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 92.22 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

85.5% of COVID-19 cases, 87% of total deaths in India are from eight states: Health ministry

The Health Ministry in a statement said that eight states, including Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, contributed 85.5% of the active COVID-19 cases in the country. These states also accounted for 87% of the total deaths due to the disease. This was revealed at the briefing of the Group of Ministers on the COVID-19 situation...

India’s COVID-19 cases per lakh population is one of the lowest in world: Health ministry

India’s COVID-19 cases per lakh people is one of the lowest in the world despite its high population density, and the recovery rate has now reached almost 56 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Monday. For every one lakh population, there are 30.04 coronavirus cases in India, while the global average is over...

Health Ministry refuses to divulge info on money spent for buying equipment for COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has refused to share information on the amount of money spent on equipment purchase to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, stating that such data does not come under the definition of “information” to be provided under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil...

4,213 new cases, 97 deaths due to Covid19 in India; tally crosses 67,000 mark

The total tally in Covid19 cases in the country crossed 67,000 on Monday after India reported 4,213 fresh Covid19 infections and 97 fatalities. With this, the total number of Covid19 cases stand at 67,152 while the death toll is 2,206, data from the health ministry revealed. At present India has 44,029 active coronavirus cases Maharashtra...

Central teams constituted to enforce stricter lockdown in Ahmedabad & Surat

The Centre on Friday constituted five additional Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCT) for Ahmedabad, Surat, Thane, Hyderabad, and Chennai, apart from the existing six IMCTs. “These teams will be sent to Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat, Thane in Maharashtra, Hyderabad in Telangana, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu where the situation is considered “especially serious”,...