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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”,...

Not relaxed despite fall in the rapid rise of coronavirus cases: Health Ministry

After four consecutive days of a rapid rise in the number of infections ranging between 70 and 80, 43 new cases of coronavirus have been registered in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday. Even on Wednesday, 73 new cases were detected, which took the total to 606. With the 43 new...