NEW DELHI: A day after it drew flak for setting what was seen as an impossible deadline for developing a vaccine for Covid and saying non-compliance of participating institutes will be taken seriously, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday said the letter was meant to “cut unnecessary red tape” and speed up recruitment of participants for trials without bypassing necessary process. The clarification from the government’s apex medical research body comes in the wake of concerns in the medical and scientific community for ICMR setting August 15 as a target for developing a coronavirus vaccine and asking clinical trial investigators to enrol participants by July 7. The letter was written by ICMR director general Dr Balram Bhargava.
NEW DELHI: HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir — which were initially tried in India against Covid-19 for a brief period — have not shown any significant benefit in treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients or in reducing mortality among them, researchers in the RECOVERY trial at the University of Oxford have reported. The trial steering committee decided there is no beneficial effect of lopinavir and ritonavir combination in patients hospitalised with Covid-19 and closed randomisation to that treatment arm. “These data convincingly rule out any meaningful mortality benefit of lopinavir-ritonavir in the hospitalised Covid-19 patients we studied,” the researchers said in a statement. A total of 1,596 patients were randomised to Lopinavir-Ritonavir and compared to 3,376 patients randomised to usual care
NEW DELHI: With a spike of 18,522 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, India's coronavirus count now stand at 5,66,840, said the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Tuesday. According to the Ministry, 418 deaths due to Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours. The number of deaths in the country now stands at 16,893. There are 2,15,125 active coronavirus cases in the country while the number of cured/discharged patients stands at 3,34,821 and one patient migrated. As per the Ministry, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state with regard to the Covid-19 cases and has reported 1,69,883 cases, including 73, 313 active cases 88,960 cured/discharged patients and 7,610 fatalities. Tamil Nadu has a total of 86,224 cases including
NEW DELHI: A single-day spike of 19,459 Covid-19 cases took India's tally to 5,48,318 on Monday, while the death toll climbed to 16,475 with 380 new fatalities, according to the Union health ministry data. This is the sixth consecutive day that coronavirus infections have increased by more than 15,000. The country has seen a surge of 3,57,783 infections from June 1 till date.
NEW DELHI: India on Saturday crossed 5 lakh-mark with record highest spike of 18,552 cases of coronavirus reported in the country in the past 24 hours. India has added more than 3.18 lakh Covid-19 cases since June 1. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, this was the highest single-day spike of Covid-19 positive cases. Also, with 384 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the total deaths inched closer to the 16000 mark. With this, the total number of active cases are 1,97,387 while a total of 2,95,880 people have been cured or discharged from hospitals. The death toll stands at 15685 with one person migrated outside India, according to the health ministry update at 8 am
NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday informed that over 73 lakh Covid-19 tests were conducted by various laboratories across the country, including 2,15,195 tests on June 23. So far, 73,52,911 tests have been conducted, it said. As of now, a total of 953 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the Covid-19 test. While 699 of them are government laboratories, 254 are private laboratory chains.
NEW DELHI: Despite a surge in India's Covid-19 cases to over 4.25 lakh on Monday marking a record 14,821 new cases in 24 hours, the Centre said India continues to have one of the lowest cases per lakh population at 30.04, whereas the global average is more than its triple at 114.67. The gap between recovered and active cases is also widening with 237,195 people cured of the infectious disease so far taking the recovery rate to 55.77%, while there are 174,384 active cases. Health ministry cited the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report released on June 21 which shows that "India has one of the lowest cases per lakh population inspite of its high population density". The US has
NEW DELHI: India's Covid-19 cases per lakh people is one of the lowest in the world despite its high population density, and the recovery rate has now reached almost 56 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Monday. For every one lakh population, there are 30.04 coronavirus cases in India, while the global average is over three times at 114.67, the ministry said, referring to the WHO Situation Report 153, dated June 21. “This low figure is thus a testimony to the graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach the Government of India along with the states and UTs took for prevention, containment and management of Covid-19," the ministry said in a statement. Citing the WHO Situation Report, the ministry said
NEW DELHI: The national lockdown delayed the onset of the peak stage of Covid-19 pandemic in India and gave time to prepare the health system with the curve for infections likely to hit its highest point only around mid-November, an open access study funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. The study is not peer reviewed and was conducted by researchers from an Operations Research Group constituted by ICMR. According to the study, the lockdown shifted the peak of the pandemic - and smoothened the Covid-19 curve - by an estimated 34 to 76 days which helped bring down the number of infections by 69-97%. This allowed time for the healthcare system to ramp up
Google is working with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and MyGov to provide users with information on authorised testing labs across major cities in India. While the testing centre details and location will be shown by Google, note that you just cannot walk into any centre for testing. A doctor’s referral is required to get tested and also COVID-19 tests are limited to certain patients as per Google. For more information about a particular testing centre, Google recommends that you call 1075 helpline and verify information about the testing centre before visiting. Google will also show whether a testing centre is privately owned or government owned. To search for the nearest COVID-19 authorised testing centre: -Type “coronavirus testing”
NEW DELHI: Dismissing the reports of health risks from Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as per simmering reports cited by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Shekher Mande, Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, said on Wednesday that the study related to the anti-malarial drug, which suspended the drug usage, is not a randomised clinical trial and rather only an analysis of hospital registers around the world. The WHO, on Sunday, announced for a temporary suspension of clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine, which has been used for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, after a study published in the online medical journal The Lancet found that the use of the drug increased the risk of death by 34 per cent
New Delhi: A day after the WHO suspended testing of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 patients, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said the use of the drug as a prophylaxis has been approved based on observational studies in India, which have indicated anti-viral properties with no major side-effects. Clarifying that the anti-malarial medicine can be continued as preventive treatment against Covid-19 in high-risk people, ICMR director general Balram Bhargava said studies show the drug is safe and effective after considering the balance of risks and benefits. ICMR recently expanded its use for frontline workers after cautioning about its application in certain cases. Sources said doses prescribed by India were low and did not compare with those being tested by the
NEW DELHI: A total of 1,15,364 samples were tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in the country, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday. As per ICMR's bulletin, a total of 28,34,798 samples of coronavirus have been tested so far. India on Saturday witnessed the biggest ever spike of 6,654 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of Covid-19 cases to 1,25,101, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As many as 137 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3,720. Out of the total number of cases, 69,597 are active and 51,784 have been cured/discharged or have migrated. (ANI)