Speakers at health conference object to WHO report on Covid deaths in India

The ongoing 14th conference of the Central Council of Health and Family Welfare (CCHFW) strongly objected to a WHO report estimating 4.7 million (47 lakh) Covid-related fatalities in India as baseless and devoid of facts, sources said. In its report released on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that nearly 15 million people were … Read more

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya asks people to continue with precautions as Covid-19 not over yet

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday played down apprehensions about XE variant of the coronavirus saying it is just another form of Omicron, and asked people to maintain precautions as the pandemic is not over yet. Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters where he spoke in detail about the central government’s measures to … Read more

India’s mega Covid booster shot programme begins from today – Here’s all you need to know

A day before the Covid-19 booster shoot drive is rolled out, both major vaccine manufacturers went on to announce a massive price cut on their vaccines. The Covid-19 vaccines Covishied which is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and Covaxin from Bharat Biotech earlier used to cost Rs 600 and Rs 1200 respectively, but … Read more

Covid-19: Daily cases fall below 1,000 in India, first time in 715 days

India recorded less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time in 715 days and its active infection count fell below 13,000, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The number of active cases is the lowest in 714 days, the data showed. Thirteen new fatalities pushed the death toll from … Read more

Covid-19: Omicron is dominant variant in country, says Mansukh Mandaviya

The Union Health Ministry continues to provide support to states and UTs to enhance preparedness and response capacities against COVID-19. Omicron variant is the dominant variant in the country presently and the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the country is showing a sustained declining trend since January 21, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed … Read more

Omicron will peak sometime in February, start dropping by March-April: K Hariprasad, group president, Apollo Hospitals

The expectation is that Omicron will peak sometime in February and start sliding down by March-April: Dr K Hariprasad By Rajesh Kurup Omicron: Chennai-headquartered Apollo Hospitals Group has already provided 8 million Covid-19 vaccinations through its 200 centres across the country, launched Stay-i (quarantine facilities provided jointly with hotels) and ramped up healthcare initiatives. The … Read more

Covid-19: As home isolation cases surge, Mansukh Mandaviya directs states, UTs to bolster teleconsultations

State health ministers who joined the high-level review meeting included Anil Vij from Haryana and Uttarakhand’s Dhan Singh Rawat. In view of a substantial number of COVID-19 patients recuperating in home isolation, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday asked states to focus on expanding the reach of teleconsultation services to provide timely healthcare. He … Read more

Covid-19: Total 158.74 crore vaccine doses administered; Over 3.7 crore in 15-18 age group get first dose

The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night. The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country have reached 158.74 crore so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. A total of 3,70,32,672 doses have been given to adolescents in the … Read more

Covid-19: Govt issues revised guidelines on use of drugs, therapies

Respiratory rate over 30 per minute, breathlessness or SpO2 lower than 90 per cent should be considered as severe disease and such patients have to admitted to an ICU. There is no evidence of injectable steroids benefitting Covid patients not requiring oxygen supplementation or in continuation after discharge, according to the revised ‘Clinical Guidance for … Read more

Active Covid caseload crosses 8-lakh mark

A week ago, the active caseload was 2.14 lakh. The country reported 1,68,063 new cases on Tuesday to take the total cases to 8,21,446. India’s active caseload of Covid-19 cases crossed the eight lakh mark on Tuesday. A week ago, the active caseload was 2.14 lakh. The country reported 1,68,063 new cases on Tuesday to … Read more