Coronavirus pandemic | Covid-19 cases in India cross 1.38 lakh mark

Coronavirus Update

Time Zone : India Standard Time (IST)

25 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 1,38,845 today. At present, 77,103 are active cases while  57,720 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 4,021 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 50,231. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 1,635 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

24 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 1,31,868 today. At present, 73,560 are active cases while  54,440 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 3,867 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 47,190. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 1,577 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

23 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 1,25,101 today. At present, 69,597 are active cases while  51,783 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 3,720 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 44,582. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 1,517 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

22 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have jumped to 1,18,447 today. At present, 66,330 are active cases while  48,533 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 3,583 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 41,642. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 1,454 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

At least 11,659 people in the national capital have been infected with the highly contagious coronavirus.

 

21 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 1,12,359 today. At present, 63,624 are active cases while  45,299 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 3,435 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

20 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 1,06,750 today. At present, 61,149 are active cases while  42,297 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 3,303 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

19 May 2020-INDIA- 15.43

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 1,01,139 today. At present, 58,802 are active cases while  39,174 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 3,163 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

During last 24 hours, a total of 2,350 COVID-19 patients have been cured. Thus, so far, a total of 39,174 patients have been cured of COVID-19. This means a recovery rate of 38.73% amongst COVID-19 patients. The recovery rate is improving continuously.

India currently has 58,802 active cases.  These are all under active medical supervision. Of the active cases, only approx. 2.9% of the cases are in ICU.

In terms of case mortality per lakh population, India has so far about 0.2 deaths per lakh population vis-a-vis approx. 4.1 deaths per lakh population for the world as a whole.

18 May 2020-WORLD- 18.00

The total number of global coronavirus positive cases has jumped to 47,31,987, while the death toll has crossed 3,15,496, showed latest figures from COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). United States of America is one of the worst hit countries in the world with total cases has increased to 14,86,742 and death toll of the country crossed 89 thousand.

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In terms of cases, Russia has the second highest number of infections at 2,90,678 followed by the United Kingdom   2,44,995, Brazil 2,41,080, Spain 2,30,698, Italy 2,25,435, France 1,79,693, Germany 1,76,551 and China 84,054,  according to the Johns Hopkins University.

18 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 96,169 today. At present, 56316 are active cases while  36,823 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 3,029 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

17 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 90,927 today. At present, 53,946 are active cases while  34,108 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 2,872 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 30,706. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 1,135 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 10,988 patients in Gujarat.

Among other major states, Andhra Pradesh has reported 2,355 and 49 deaths, Bihar stood at 1,179 cases and 7 deaths, Haryana at 887 and 13 deaths, Jammu and Kashmir at 1,121 cases and 12 deaths and Karnataka at 1,092 and 36 deaths.

16 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

With total tally rising to 85,940 India has now surpassed China with a total of 53,035 active cases and 2,752 deaths while 30,152 people have recovered so far, the union health ministry said today.

With the steady rise in novel coronavirus cases, India has risen to 11th spot among countries with the highest number of confirmed infection. Goa and Manipur, which were declared COVID-19 free, have reported fresh corona positive cases.

After being COVID-19 free for many days, Goa reported total cases to 15 while seven people have been cured. Similarly, in Manipur’s total remained three active cases while 2 people were cured and discharged.

In Maharashtra, the Covid-19 cases climbed to 29,100 followed by Tamil Nadu, which has reported 10,108 cases and Gujarat 9,931 cases so far.

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Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, 1068, followed by 606 in Gujarat and 239 in Madhya Pradesh.

Active cases in Delhi nears 9,000

At least 8,895 people in the national capital have been infected with the highly contagious coronavirus.

Other states which have reported more than 3,000 cases are Rajasthan (4,742), Madhya Pradesh (4,595) and Uttar Pradesh (4,057).

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Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (2,461), Andhra Pradesh (2,307), Punjab (1,935), Telangana (1,454), Bihar (1,018), Jammu and Kashmir (1,013) and Karnataka (1,056).

Among other major states and UTs that have reported a significant number of cases are, Haryana (818, Kerala (576), Odisha (672), Tripura (156) and Chandigarh (191).

15 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 81,970 today. At present, 51,401 are active cases while 27,919 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 2,649 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 27,524. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 1,019 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 9,591 patients in Gujarat.

 

14 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 78,003 today. At present, 49,219 are active cases while 26,234 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 2,549 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 25,922. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 975 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 9,267 patients in Gujarat.

 

13 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 74,281 today. At present, 47,480 are active cases while 24,385 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 2,415 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 24,427. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 868 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 8,903 patients in Gujarat.

 

12 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 70,756 today. At present, 46,008 are active cases while 22,454 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 2,293 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 23,401. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 868 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 8,541 patients in Gujarat.

 

11 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 67,152 today. At present, 44,029 are active cases while 20,916 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 2,206 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 22,171. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 832 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 8,194 patients in Gujarat.

 

10 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 62,939 today. At present, 41,472 are active cases while 19,357 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 2,109 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 20,228. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 779 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 7,796 patients in Gujarat.

 

09 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 59,302 today. At present, 39,834 are active cases while 17,486 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 1,981 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 19,063. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 694 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 7,402 patients in Gujarat.

08 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

India’s total number of COVID-19 cases have climbed to 56,342 today. At present, 37,916 are active cases while 16,539 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.

The death toll in the country increased to 1,886 while one person has migrated to another country, according to latest update of Union Health Ministry.

Dr Randeep Guleria, the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has said India has not seen a declining trend in Covid-19 coronavirus cases. He added: ‘The Covid-19 cases in the country are likely to hit its peak in June-July.

States Report :

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 17,974. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 694 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 7,012 patients in Gujarat.

Delhi was the fourth state in the country to report more than 5,000 coronavirus cases after Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

 

07 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 52,952 including 35,902 active cases, 1,783 deaths, 15,266 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 16,758. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 651 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 6,625 patients in Gujarat.

 

06 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 49,391 including 33,514 active cases, 1,694 deaths, 14,182 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 15,525. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 617 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 6,245 patients in Gujarat.

05 May 2020-INDIA- 17.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 46,711 including 31,967 active cases, 1,583 deaths, 13,160 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 14,541. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 583 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 5,804 patients in Gujarat.

 

05 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 46,433 including 32,138 active cases, 1,568 deaths, 12,726 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 14,541. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 583 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 5,804 patients in Gujarat.

04 May 2020-INDIA- 17.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 42,886 including 29,685 active cases, 1,389 deaths, 11,761 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 12974. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 548 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 5,428 patients in Gujarat.

04 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 42,533 including 29,453 active cases, 1,371 deaths, 11,706 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 12974. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 548 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 5,428 patients in Gujarat.

 

03 May 2020-INDIA- 17.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 40,263 including 28,070 active cases, 1,306 deaths, 10,886 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 12296. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 521 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 5,055 patients in Gujarat.

03 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

New Delhi I A total of 10,632 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospitals after recovery according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

The total number of cases in India has reached 39,980 including 28,046 active cases, 1,301 deaths, 10,632 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

 

02 May 2020-INDIA- 17.00

New Delhi I A total of 10,017 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospitals after recovery according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

The total number of cases in India has reached 37,376 including 26,135 active cases, 1,223 deaths, 10,017 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

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Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 11506. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 485 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 4,721 patients in Gujarat.

 

01 May 2020-INDIA- 17.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 35,365 including 25,148 active cases, 1,152 deaths, 9,064 curedC or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 10498. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 459 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 4,395 patients in Gujarat.

 

01 May 2020-INDIA-14.00

New Delhi I “Today morning a one-off special train was run from Lingampalli to Hatia on request of the State Government of Telangana and as per the directions of Ministry of Railways,” the Indian Railways said in a statement.

01 May 2020-INDIA- 08.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 35,043 including 25,007 active cases, 1,147 deaths, 8,888 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 10498. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 459 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.

Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 4,395 patients in Gujarat.

30 April 2020-INDIA-17.00

Total number of Covid-19 cases in the country mounted to 33,610 by the evening today. 1,823 cases and 67 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry stated.

Of the total cases, 24,162 are the active cases, 8,372 people have recovered, and 1,075 people have succumbed to the disease.

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with a total number of cases rising to 9,915, followed by Gujarat which reported 4,082 cases and Delhi which has reported 3,439 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

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The coronavirus recovery rate in India has improved to 24.91% from 13.0% two weeks ago, with a total of 8,373 COVID-19 patients recovering from the disease.

Maharashtra has also recorded 432 deaths, the highest number of casualties among all the states.

Other states which have jumped the 2,000 mark are Madhya Pradesh (2,660), Rajasthan (2,438), Tamil Nadu (2,162) and Uttar Pradesh (2,203).

Among other major states, Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,403 and 31 deaths, Bihar stood at 403 cases and two deaths, Haryana at 310 and three deaths, Jammu and Kashmir at 581 cases and eight deaths, Karnataka at 557 and 21 deaths and Kerala was docked at 496 and four deaths.

States which have reported less than 10 cases are Tripura, Mizoram, Puducherry, Manipur, Goa and Arunanchal Pradesh.

30 April 2020-INDIA-08.00

The total number of cases in India has reached 33,050 including 23,651 active cases, 1,074 deaths, 8,324 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

29 April 2020-INDIA- 17.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 31,787 including 22,982 active cases, 1,008 deaths, 7,796 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

 

29 April 2020-INDIA- 08.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 31,332 including 22,629 active cases, 1,007 deaths, 7,695 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continued to be the most affected state with a total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases at 9,318. The state has also the reported highest fatalities at 400 according to the data of Union Health Ministry.  Gujarat has become the second-worst affected state in the country. The deadly virus has infected 3,774 patients in Gujarat.

28 April 2020-INDIA- 17.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 29,974 including 22,010 active cases, 937 deaths, 7,026 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with a total number of cases rising to 8,590, followed by Gujarat which reported 3,548 cases and Delhi which has reported 3,108 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

28 April 2020-WORLD- 10.00

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Geneva I As lockdowns in Europe ease with declining numbers of new cases, we continue to urge countries to find, isolate, test and treat all cases of COVID-19 and trace every contact, to ensure these declining trends continue.

But the pandemic is far from over. WHO continues to be concerned about the increasing trends in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries.

As in all regions, cases and deaths are underreported in many countries in these regions because of low testing capacity.

 

28 April 2020-INDIA- 08.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 29,435 including 21,632 active cases, 934 deaths, 6,868 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

 

27 April 2020- INDIA- 23.00

Varanasi Smart City has engaged ‘Garuda Aerospace Private Limited, a Chennai Based company for spraying of sanitizer in the selected areas of Varanasi City under Smart Cities Mission.

In view of limited options for transportation during lockdown period, these drones were specially airlifted from Chennai through Air-India Cargo flights with special permission from Ministry of Civil Aviation. Spraying of sanitizer through Drones is prioritized for Hot spots and Containment areas identified by the District Administration and Chief Medical Officer.

This is followed by Isolation areas, Quarantined areas, Shelter Homes and other places where manual spraying is difficult. The areas where Drones are to be deployed is decided by a team of Varanasi Nagar Nigam officials

 

27 April 2020- INDIA- 19.00

Indian Air Force (IAF) has stepped up its efforts to meet all the emerging requirements of the Govt of India during the ongoing novel corona virus pandemic. IAF continues to airlift essential supplies of medicine and ration along with medical personnel within the country, to equip state governments and supporting agencies to combat the contagion effectively.

 

On 25 Apr 20, IAF’s transport aircraft landed at Lengpui Airport in Mizoram with 22 tonnes of medical supplies meant for combating Covid-19. The supplies were airlifted for the governments of Mizoram and Meghalaya. Till date, IAF has transported approximately 600 tonnes of medical equipment and support material.

 

A 15 member team of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) Rapid Response had been sent to Kuwait on 11 Apr 20 in response to the request from state of Kuwait to the Govt of India On completion of the task, the team was airlifted back from Kuwait in a C-130 aircraft of IAF on 25 Apr 20. During the return, a six-year old girl suffering from cancer, requiring immediate emergency surgery was also evacuated along with her father

27 April 2020-INDIA-17.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 28,380, including 21,132 active cases, 886 deaths, 6,361 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

27 April 2020- INDIA- 8.00

New Delhi I The total number of cases in India has reached 27,892, including 20,835 active cases, 872 deaths, 6,184 cured or discharged patients and 1 migrated patient, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. Maharashtra continues to be the worst hit state with total number of positive cases rising to 8,068 along with 342 deaths.

26 April 2020- INDIA- 17.15

India reported 26,917 confirmed cases including 20,177 active cases. As of now, 5,913 people have been cured of COVID-19, with a total number of 826 deaths have been reported in India.

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26 April 2020- WORLD- 15.00

COVID-19 has infected more than 2.8 million people globally and more than 202000 people have died worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. United States of America has so for confirmed 936000 cases with more than 53000 deaths.

26 April 2020- WORLD- 13.00

‘No evidence’ that recovered COVID-19 patients cannot be reinfected, says WHO

Geneva I “Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificate’ that would enable individuals to travel or to return to work assuming that they are protected against re-infection,” said WHO, adding: “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.”

The new guidance comes amid media reports that some countries have announced their intention to issue so-called “immunity cards” that would allow individual travel, based on the assumption that a person infected with the coronavirus could not be infected a second time.

“At this point in the pandemic, there is not enough evidence about the effectiveness of antibody-mediated immunity to guarantee the accuracy of an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificate,’” the WHO warned.

WHO said: “People who assume that they are immune to a second infection because they have received a positive test result may ignore public health advice. The use of such certificates may therefore increase the risks of continued transmission.”

In a scientific brief issued, the UN health agency said there was no proof that one-time infection could lead to immunity, and “laboratory tests that detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 [the virus that causes COVID-19

26 April 2020- INDIA- 8.00

India reported 26,496 confirmed cases including 19896 active cases.  As of now, 5,803 people have been cured of Covid-19, with a total number of 824 deaths have been reported in India.

25 April 2020 – INDIA- 21.37

Fact Check Unit of Press Information Bureau has today clarified in a tweet that Government of India is not giving Rs 1000 to anybody under the so called Corona Sahayata Yojana scheme.

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This tweet was in response to a widely circulating message on WhatsApp that claimed that Government had launched a scheme-WCHO- under which people were being given Rs 1000 each. The message requires people to click on a link and provide their information.

The tweet clarified that the claim and the link both were fraudulent and warned people against clicking on it

 

25 April 2020 – INDIA – 17.00

India reported 24,942 confirmed cases including 18,953 active cases.  As of now, 5,209 people have been cured of Covid-19, with a total number of 779 deaths have been reported in India.

25 April 2020 -INDIA – 16.30

Coach Building Getting Back on Track in Indian Railways

Indian Railway’s Production unit Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala has reopened its production process on 23rd April 2020 after 28 days nationwide lockdown. In a relentless battle against COVID 19, factory has been opened adhering all safety precautions and issued guidelines by Ministry of Home Affairs orders and local administration.

25 April 2020 – INDIA – 15.46

UV disinfection trolley can effectively clean up hospital spaces in combating COVID-19

Coronavirus is sensitive to Ultraviolet-C light, as in the case of other viruses and bacteria.

UV disinfection trolley

Coronavirus is sensitive to UVC light, as in the case of other viruses and bacteria. The germicidal effects of UVC irradiation with a peak intensity at 254 nm results in cellular damage of the virus, thereby inhibiting cellular replication.

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Unlike chemical approaches to disinfection, UV light provides rapid, effective inactivation of microorganisms through a physical process. The present system has been deployed at Employee’s State Insurance Corporation hospital in Hyderabad for field trials.

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), an autonomous R&D Centre of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and University of Hyderabad together with the help of Mekins Industries Ltd. (MIL), have developed a UVC based disinfection trolley to fight against COVID-19 by rapid cleaning of hospital environment.

25 April 2020 – INDIA – 15.42

Herbal decongestant spray on mask can protect from suffocation

Health authorities have been strongly advocating the use of face masks to prevent corona infection. At the same time, wearing a mask for a long time is reportedly causing difficulties in breathing and congestion in the respiratory system. To address this issue, scientists at CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, have developed a herbal decongestant spray.

“The main reasons behind this problem include the accumulation of carbon dioxide and humidity in the inner cavity of the mask. When a person breathes in, this goes back to the lungs again. Repetition of this process over a period of time causes discomfort in breathing and congestion”, said Dr. Sharad Srivastava, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NBRI, who led the team of researchers for this study.

“Herbal decongestant spray is a fine blend of four plant-based oils, but the names of these plants cannot be disclosed right now because of issues related to intellectual property. This product is developed based on the principles of Ayurveda and contains ingredients reported in traditional scriptures”, explained Dr. Srivastava.

This formulation helps in clearing the wind pipe and congestion by removing the mucus or cough leading to ease of breathing. It also reduces stress due to excessive use of mask and decongestion. This spray has been prepared as per guidelines of the Ministry of AYUSH.

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Disinfection of garments under visible light exposure

Scientists at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India have found a low-cost metal-free nanomaterial for visible light microbial disinfection which can be an alternative to silver and other metal-based materials.

Dr. Kamalakannan Kailasam’s group at INST in their recent study published in collaboration with Dr.Asifkhan Shanavas in the journal Carbon, have tested carbon nitride quantum dots (g-CNQDs) for visible-light-driven antibacterial activity and found it to be efficient, apart from being biocompatible with mammalian cells. The team has suggested it to be a viable anti bacterial alternative to metal/non-metal semiconductors and expensive silver, thus making it cost-effective.

The scientists are exploring ways of incorporating doped and undoped carbon nitride-based materials into cloth fabrics that can continuously produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) under optimal humidity and temperature for the antimicrobial activity.

They explained that aerosol droplets generated during sneezing have enough moisture that might help in ROS mediated disinfection of any infectious agents in the droplet, once it comes into contact with the nanomaterial sewn fabric under sunlight or ambient white light exposure. The present study utilized a common table lamp which provides luminance comparable to sunlight on a clear day.

The dependence on visible light is also advantageous over regular ultraviolet mediated disinfection, which requires cautious handling of the UV light-emitting devices. This technology will also be simultaneously explored for antiviral efficiency considering its relevance to the current scenario.

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