COVID-19

India reports 32,695 COVID-19 cases, 606 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 30,000 mark in a single day for the first time pushing the tally to 9,68,876 on Thursday, while the death toll climbed to 24,915 with 606 people succumbing to the virus. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country saw a record increase of 32,695 cases...

No Haj this year, applicants to get complete refund, Centre says

The Centre has decided to refund the Haj application money after the announcement by Saudi Arabia that “very limited number” of people will be allowed to perform Haj this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have decided that Haj pilgrims from India will not be sent to Saudi Arabia for Haj 2020. Application...

Delhi MCD puts COVID-19 death at 2,098, double the toll claimed by Delhi govt

An official of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has pegged the death toll due to COVID-19 at 2,098 in the national capital. This is twice the official figure reported by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. Media agencies quoted Jai Prakash, Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation...

Man dies, body ferried in garbage van as workers fear COVID-19

A video of a body being carried in a garbage van over fears of COVID-19 has gone viral. The 42-year-old man who died on the road was dumped in the back of a garbage van and taken to the police station in Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh. The video shows the man being picked up by...

Arvind Kejriwal shows COVID-19 symptoms, undergoes self-isolation

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is unwell and will undergo coronavirus test. Kejriwal has been experiencing fever since Sunday along with a sore throat. He has complained of fever and sore throat, raising concerns of coronavirus infection. Kejriwal will now undergo tests to check if he has contracted COVID-19. The Delhi CM has cancelled all...

Strong action will be taken against pvt hospitals turning away COVID-19 patients: Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday warned of strong action against private hospitals who were turning away COVID-19 patients and were demanding huge sums of money from them to get them admitted. Kejriwal warned against indulging in “black-marketing of beds” and said that there was no no dearth of hospital beds in the national capital...

SC asks pvt hospitals whether they are ready to charge at Ayushman Bharat rates for COVID-19 treatment

The Supreme Court on Friday asked private hospitals whether they are ready to provide treatment to COVID-19 infected patients at the charges prescribed under the government’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme. The query came during the hearing of a plea seeking a direction for regulating the cost of treatment of COVID-19 at private hospitals across the country....

India again reports biggest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases & deaths

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 9,851 fresh cases of novel coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours ending on Friday morning. Also, 273 deaths were recorded due to the deadly virus during this period. This is the biggest single-day surge in both cases and deaths reported in the country....

Pvt labs can test for COVID-19 without govt nod when prescribed by a doctor

A private doctor can prescribe a COVID-19 test for a symptomatic suspected patient without having to wait for the government’s nod. The test can be conducted either at government or private laboratories and would not require a nod from the local health official. However, the laboratory and the doctor will need to upload the details...

198 migrants lost lives in road accidents during lockdown: Report

One hundred and ninety eight migrant workers lost their lives in road accidents during the lockdown period, according to the data compiled by the SaveLIFE Foundation, a road safety NGO. There were at least 1,461 accidents over the course of the nationwide lockdown from March 25 to May 31 in which at least 750 people...

India approves emergency use of antiviral drug ‘remdesivir’ for COVID-19

The Union government on Tuesday said it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use in treating COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials. It was granted emergency use authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration last month and has received...

We will definitely get our growth back: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India will soon get back on track beating the coronavirus pandemic and its financial implications. He said his government has taken several decisive policies that will help the Indian economy in again achieving the growth trajectory. PM Modi made the comments while delivering the inaugural address at the...