Sumi Sukanya Dutta 

Seropositivity highest in MP, lowest in Kerala, finds ICMR survey

The data showed that there are nine states which showed a seropositivity rate of over 70%. They are MP, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, UP, and AP. 

7 hours ago

After flak for denying deaths due to lack of oxygen, Centre now writes to states seeking info

The development comes a week after the Centre had informed the Parliament that no states had specifically reported any deaths due to oxygen shortage during the second wave.

27 Jul 2021

Centre issues fresh recommendations for pregnant, lactating women battling Covid. Check here

The advisory said that while during an active infection, a mother should continue to breastfeed the baby but is advised to keep the baby at a distance of 6 feet from her when she is not breastfeeding.

26 Jul 2021

Covid vaccination: Fresh row erupts as Centre 'backtracks' on December 31 deadline

The Union Health Ministry said that at present, in view of the dynamic and evolving nature of the pandemic, no fixed timeline can be indicated for the completion of the vaccination drive.

23 Jul 2021

Studies claiming vast undercounting of Covid deaths in India not factual, says Centre

About 4 lakh deaths have been confirmed due to Covid in India thus far, but some researchers estimated that the actual deaths due to the infectious disease could be anywhere between 25-50 lakhs.

22 Jul 2021

No need to panic, say experts as India confirms the first bird flu death in humans

An 11-year-old boy from Gurugram, Haryana had died of the disease 10 days back, prompting the Centre to launch an epidemiological investigation in the case.

22 Jul 2021

Bird flu: Probe launched into death of Gurugram boy, close contacts under surveillance

The health ministry, in a statement said that upon testing it was found that the child had both Influenza A and Influenza B but was negative for SARS COV-2 and other respiratory viruses.

21 Jul 2021

India received just 5.45 crore doses of Covaxin till mid-July, reveals Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry said till July 16, 5.45 crore doses of Covaxin had been available against 36.01 crore doses of Covishield.

21 Jul 2021

Covid hospitalisation costs equal to average Indian worker's 7-month pay: Study

This meant that to afford hospital isolation, regular employees would need to spend the equivalent of 124 days of wages while self-employed and casual workers would spend 170 days, and 257 days respec

21 Jul 2021

Open primary schools first in districts reporting less than 5% Covid TPR, suggests ICMR chief

As kids can handle infection better, primary schools can be reopened with fully vaccinated teachers and support staff, Balram Bhargava suggested.

20 Jul 2021

No Covid deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states: Centre

The Union Health Ministry said that while health is a state subject, all states report cases and deaths to it on a regular basis, as per detailed guidelines for reporting deaths.

20 Jul 2021

Private hospitals write to Centre, say they are struggling to procure Covid-19 vaccines

Of the over 40 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India, it is not clear how many were given in private hospitals. Sources said it could be in the range of 7-8 crore.

19 Jul 2021

'Most vaccines went to central quota': Private hospitals say struggling to carry out Covid vaccination

The Association of Private Healthcare Providers of India said since vaccine manufacturing ramp-up is yet to materialise fully, most of the stock is picked up by the Centre for distribution.

19 Jul 2021

In a fresh report, national AEFI panel confirms 55 severe adverse events after COVID-19 shots

A total of five cases, that included a death after administration of Covishield in a 57-year-old male in February, however, were found to be “coincidental”, not directly linked with vaccination.

18 Jul 2021

'Next 100 days crucial': Centre hints at third wave, says Covid situation may get worse

The world moving towards the third wave of the pandemic should be seen as a red flag, as stressed by PM Narendra Modi, said VK Paul who heads the national task force on coronavirus.

17 Jul 2021