80,472 new infections push India’s COVID-19 caseload past 62 lakh, recoveries rise to 51.8 lakh

The total number of coronavirus cases mounted to 62,25,763, while the death toll climbed to 97,497 with 1,179 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed India’s COVID-19 caseload raced past 62 lakh on Wednesday with 80,472 infections being reported in a day, while the number of people … Read more 80,472 new infections push India’s COVID-19 caseload past 62 lakh, recoveries rise to 51.8 lakh

Data | India’s COVID-19 testing declines sharply despite rising positivity rate

The number of new COVID-19 cases in India recorded a significant fall in the last five days after consistently breaching the 90,000 mark on several days in early September. The drop in cases could be due to a significant decrease in the number of tests conducted. In at least 10 States, there was a sharp … Read more Data | India’s COVID-19 testing declines sharply despite rising positivity rate

14 states, UTs have higher tests per million, lower positivity than national average: Centre

India’s total tests for detection of COVID-19 has reached over 6.6 crore and tests per million have risen to 48,028 as on date with the national cumulative positivity rate being recorded at 8.52%, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday. The country’s testing capacity has surged to more than 12 lakh tests daily. Up to … Read more 14 states, UTs have higher tests per million, lower positivity than national average: Centre

5 States account for 60% active COVID-19 cases, 52% new cases, 60% fresh recoveries in India

Maharashtra continued to top the chart with more than 23,000 new recoveries, while both Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh accounted for over 10,000 single-day recoveries With 94,612 people recuperating from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, the total number of recoveries in the country has surged to 43,03,043, taking the national recovery rate to 79.68%, … Read more 5 States account for 60% active COVID-19 cases, 52% new cases, 60% fresh recoveries in India

Data | Despite stringent lockdown, India’s COVID-19 cases, deaths record fastest rise even as GDP plummets

Despite enforcing the most stringent lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19, the average daily cases and deaths in India are growing at the fastest pace in the world. Due to the severe restrictions between April and June, the economy took an unprecedented hit with the GDP contracting for the first time in decades in … Read more Data | Despite stringent lockdown, India’s COVID-19 cases, deaths record fastest rise even as GDP plummets

Coronavirus | Two get Oxford vaccine shot in Pune

Phase 2 trial commences; the men, aged 32 and 48, will get a second dose after 28 days. The second phase of the clinical trial of the eagerly anticipated University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, being manufactured by the city-based Serum Institute of India (SII), commenced at Pune’s Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday. … Read more Coronavirus | Two get Oxford vaccine shot in Pune

Data | India’s COVID-19 cases are the fastest growing in the world

Seven-day average of cases shoots past that of the U.S. COVID-19 cases in India are growing at the fastest pace in the world and the country’s case tally in August is the highest across the globe. The seven-day rolling average of cases in the country has crossed that of the U.S., and is now the … Read more Data | India’s COVID-19 cases are the fastest growing in the world

Data | Less reliable rapid antigen tests ramped up in many States

With seroprevalence surveys – done in Delhi and Mumbai – suggesting a much higher rate of COVID-19 infections than what were recorded in those cities so far, States have tried to ramp up testing levels to detect more infections. But most new tests have been through Rapid Antigen Detection (RADT) method, which is not as … Read more Data | Less reliable rapid antigen tests ramped up in many States

Zydus Cadila to commence phase II clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine from Aug 6

Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Wednesday said the phase I clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, ZyCoV-D, has been completed and it will commence phase II clinical trials from August 6. “ZyCoV-D was found to be safe and well tolerated in the phase I clinical trial. The company will now commence phase II clinical … Read more Zydus Cadila to commence phase II clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine from Aug 6

Coronavirus | ICMR fast-tracks approvals for Israeli research coordinated by DRDO

The government has pulled all stops to help Israel conduct COVID-19 research on patients admitted to four Delhi hospitals, including transfer of saliva samples and patients’ data to Israel, The Hindu has learnt. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is collaborating with Israel’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DRDD) to conduct trials on … Read more Coronavirus | ICMR fast-tracks approvals for Israeli research coordinated by DRDO