India logs 2,68,833 Covid cases, 402 deaths in a day; Omicron tally rises to 6,041

A total of 6,041 Omicron cases have been detected so far, an increase of 5.01 per cent since Friday, the data updated at 8 am showed. India registered 2,68,833 new Covid infections in a day taking the tally to 3,68,50,962, which includes 6,041 Omicron variant cases, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday. … Read more

Census unlikely anytime soon as fear of 3rd wave of COVID-19 looms large

India’s Covid tally rose to 3,49,22,882 with 33,750 fresh cases, while the active cases increased to 1,45,582, according to the data updated at 8 am on Monday. The decennial census, supposed to be held in 2020-21 but postponed due to the Covid pandemic, will not be held anytime soon. The Centre has directed the states … Read more

Covid-19: Centre rings alarm over breakthrough cases as Omicron evades vaccine-induced immunity — Here’s latest advisory

Dr VK Paul, chief of India’s Covid-19 task force, warned that Omicron had a higher risk of transmission within households when compared against the Delta variant. At least 90% of all patients infected by the highly transmissible Omicron variant were fully vaccinated, a Union Health Ministry analysis of 183 cases showed. Sharing the results, the … Read more

6 flyers arriving from ‘at-risk’ countries test positive for Covid

leven international flights landed at various airports from midnight to 4 pm on from “at-risk” countries. (Representational image: AP) Six Covid-19 cases were reported on Wednesday after screening 3,476 passengers from 11 international flights that arrived from “at-risk” countries, the Union health ministry has said. Samples of the passengers have been sent for genomic sequencing. … Read more

Covid-19: Random testing at airports among revised rules for foreign travellers amid Omicron scare

The government will also review the date of resumption of scheduled international flights, earlier planned for December 15. (File) The Union Health Minister on Sunday issued revised guidelines for international passengers arriving in India amid the threat of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, classified by the World Health Organization as a variant of concern. … Read more

Omicron: Review plans to ease travel: PM

During the meeting which lasted for about two hours, the PM spoke about the need to be proactive in light of the new variant and urged people to be more cautious and take proper precautions like masking up and maintaining social distance, the PMO said. Amid mounting global concerns over the new coronavirus strain ‘Omicron’, … Read more

India’s population stabilising, fertility rate falls below replacement level

The fifth series of the Union Health Ministry’s National Family Health Survey shows a fertility rate of 1.6 in urban India and 2.1 in rural areas. (Representative image) India’s Total Fertility Rate has declined to 2.0 from 2.2 in 2015-16, according to the latest National Family Health Survey data, on the back of decades-long family … Read more

Health Ministry rushes expert teams to 9 states and UTs amid surge in dengue cases

A Union Health Ministry statement pegged the total number of dengue cases at 116,991 across the country. (File/PTI) The Union Health Ministry has rushed high-level expert teams to nine states and Union Territories with a high dengue caseload, the government announced today. The expert teams will assist the state and Union Territories in public health … Read more

MedTech industry recommends MDTAG representation in Centre’s Committee to frame new drugs, medical devices act

The Union Health Ministry has formed a committee to frame the New Drugs, Cosmetics And Medical Devices Bill for the enactment of New Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Act. Medical device industry has asked for Medical Devices Technical Advisory Group (MDTAG) representation in Centre’s committee for framing of new drugs, cosmetics and medical devices act.The … Read more

Covid-19 death or not? Ahead of third wave, Centre issues new guidelines for issuing ‘official document’ for Covid deaths

Photo: Reuters The Union Health Ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have together come up with the guidelines that will issue “official documents’ ‘ in case of COVID related deaths. The guidelines, as submitted by the Centre to the Supreme Court in case of seeking compensation for COVID deaths, noted that cases that … Read more