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The arterial Anna Salai in Chennai wears a deserted look on August 2, 2020, due to complete shutdown on Sunday, as part of the measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam


A compilation of press releases issued by the Government of India through the Press Information Bureau, Delhi, from January 17, 2020 and the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, links are provided to important official communication/advisories.

This page also contains links to articles published by The Hindu Centre on Politics and Public Policy on COVID-19; daily State-wise Status by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, all-India SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Testing Status by the Indian Council of Medical Research, and Daily Global Situation Reports and periodic India Updates issued by the World Health Organization.
(Last updated: August 9, 2020; 6.20 p.m., IST)

 

 

 

Press Releases on COVID-19 issued by the Government of India

 

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Source: Press Information Bureau, New Delhi

 

Press Releases in August

August 9, 2020

684. Dr. Harsh vardhan lauds the contribution of States in popularising eSanjeevani, the Tele-Medicine platform rolled out by Health Ministry - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

1.5 lakh tele-consultations completed through ‘eSanjeevani’ and ‘eSanjeevaniOPD’. 5:38 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644584]. Click here for PDF.

683. India touches a new peak of 7,19,364 tests in a day - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The total number of tests are now 2,41,06,535. 3:16 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644551]. Click here for PDF.

August 8, 2020

682. 21 ESIC Hospitals Converted into Dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals Across the Country with the Facility of 2400 Isolation Beds: Santosh Gangwar - Ministry of Labour & Employment

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment and Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana inaugurated Plasma Bank at ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Faridabad (Haryana) through video conference from Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi late yesterday. 5.32 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644413]. Click here for PDF.

681. India’s Total Recoveries cross 14.2 lakh - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Focused and effective efforts of containment, testing, isolation and treatment by the Centre and State/UT governments have resulted in increasing percentage recovery rates and steadily falling Case Fatality Rates. 5.02 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644403]. Click here for PDF.

680. Centre directs the States to focus all efforts on reducing COVID-19 mortality - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Coordinated, graded and pro-active management of COVID-19 by the Union and State/UT governments has ensured the national Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is on the slide. 3.47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644382]. Click here for PDF.

August 7,2020

679. Extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package : Insurance Health Workers fighting COVID-19 for a further period of 90 days beyond the original period - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fightin g COY ID-1 9 fo r a further period of 90 days beyond the original period -reg. Read more... [https://www.mohfw.gov.in]. Click here for PDF.

678. For the 4th successive day, India tests more than 6 lakh samples in 24 hours - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

More than 2.27 crore total samples tested Tests Per Million (TPM) continue to rise, stands at 16513 today. 7:05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644170]. Click here for PDF.

677. Delhi Airport develops portal for all international arriving passengers across India - Ministry of Civil Aviation

International arrival process made easy with contact-less solution for passengers coming to India. 3:34 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644076]. Click here for PDF.

676. Recovery Rate climbs a new high of nearly 68% - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Case Fatality Rate (CFR) continues falling, stands at 2.05% today. 12:20 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644012]. Click here for PDF.

August 6,2020

675. India tests a new record of 6,64,949 tests in last 24 hours - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

More than 6 lakh tests done for 3rd successive day Tests Per Million (TPM) cross 16,000. 7:40 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643871]. Click here for PDF.

674. Union Minister Dr.Jitendra Singh inaugurates ITEC-NCGG International Workshop on COVID-19- Good Governance Practices in a Pandemic - Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

India set the tone for Global COVID Collaboration under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi: Dr. Jitendra Singh. India withstood the Governance challenges of COVID due to its robust Digital framework: Dr. Jitendra Singh. 184 participants from 26 countries to share experiences and best practices in the two-day Workshop. 5:32 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643811]. Click here for PDF.

673. India’s COVID-19 Recovery Rate climbs to 67.62%, as total recoveries cross 13.2 lakh. Case Fatality Rate (CFR) continues to slide, improves to 2.07% - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The total recoveries of COVID-19 patients have jumped to 13,28,336 with 46,121 COVID-19 patients being discharged in the last 24 hours. With such consistent increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases has reached 7,32,835. 2:37 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643730]. Click here for PDF.

672. Union Govt. releases Rs. 890.32 cr as II installment of COVID-19 Financial Package to States/UTs - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Government of India has released Rs. 890.32 cr as the second installment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to 22 States/UTs. 1:00 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643694]. Click here for PDF.

August 5,2020

671. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana Phase-I: April 2020 to June 2020 - Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

States/UTs distributed 93.5 % of allocated food grains for the period April-June 2020 among NFSA beneficiaries: Food Corporation of India. 4:53 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643542]. Click here for PDF.

670. India tests more than 6 lakh tests in 24 hours, for 2nd day in a row - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

More than 2.14 crore samples tested cumulatively. Tests Per Million (TPM) rises to 15568. 3:43 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643522]. Click here for PDF.

669. India records highest ever single day recoveries of 51,706 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Recovery Rate reaches a record high of 67.19%. Case Fatality Rate (CFR) further dips to 2.09%. 2:47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643507]. Click here for PDF.

August 4,2020

668. India’s total recovered cases are now double the active cases - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Total recoveries cross 12.3 lakh Recovery Rate jumps to 66.31% Case Fatality Rate further reduces to 2.1%. 7:55 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643359]. Click here for PDF.

667. India tests more than 6.6 lakh samples in last 24 hours - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

​​​​​​​28 States/UTs conducting more than 140 tests/day/million 28 States/UTs with positivity rate less than 10%. 7:53 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643357]. Click here for PDF.

August 3,2020

666. Guidelines on Preventive Measures to Contain Spread of COVID-19 in Yoga Institutes & Gymnasiums - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Background - To contain the spread of COVID infection, lockdown was imposed, which is now being gradually relaxed in a phased manner. Yoga and physical activity being important for health & well-being, it has been decided to open yoga institutes and gymnasiums from 5th August, 2020. Yoga Institutes and Gymnasiums shall adhere to protocols and prevention measures outlined in this document to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here for PDF.

665. India crosses a milestone, conducts more than 2 crore COVID tests. Tests Per Million increases to 14640 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

In a landmark achievement, India has tested 2,02,02,858 COVID-19 samples so far. This is pursuant to the key strategy followed by State/UT governments under the guidance of Centre for management of COVID-19 to “Test aggressively, Track efficiently and Isolate and Treat promptly". Effective implementation of this approach has led to ramping up the testing capacity across the country and facilitated widespread COVID testing of people. 2:13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643143]. Click here for PDF.

664. DCGI approves Phase II+III trials of Oxford University vaccine by Serum Institute, Pune - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) further drops to 2.11%. Total Recoveries more than 11.8 lakh. 1:10 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1643136]. Click here for PDF.

August 2,2020

663. Revised guidelines for International Arrivals - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Guidelines for international arrivals (in supersession of guidelines issued on the subject dated 24th May 2020) (to be operational from 00.01 Hrs, 8th August 2020). Click here for PDF.

662. India records highest ever single day COVID-19 recoveries of 51,255 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Total recoveries nearly 11.5 lakh. Recovery Rate reaches a new high of 65.44%. Case Fatality Rate continues its downward slide to 2.13%. 12:04 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1642995]. Click here for PDF.

661. JNCASR scientists devise adaptive model to estimate & strategize critical resources in pandemic - Ministry of Science & Technology

Healthcare in a country faces a catch-22 situation in the early stages of an epidemic – specific and accurate tests are required to trace and isolate the infected, and to scale up the novel tests, one needs to have estimates of the expected number of infections weeks to months in advance. 11:44 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1642992]. Click here for PDF.

August 1,2020

660. Riding on the heels of falling Case Fatality Rate, the Union Government decides to permit exports of ventilators - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19 has considered and agreed to the proposal of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare allowing the export of made-in-India ventilators. This decision has been communicated to the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for further needed action to facilitate the export of indigenously manufactured ventilators. 4:53 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1642872]. Click here for PDF.

659. Dr. Harsh Vardhan announces the successful completion of first Pan India 1000 Genome sequencing of SARS- CoV-2 - Ministry of Science & Technology

Also launches and dedicates to the nation the largest network of five dedicated COVID-19 Biorepositories established by Department of Biotechnology in record time. “The data analysis, which is ongoing, may bring out some interesting conclusions to help in our fight against COVID-19”: Dr. Harsh Vardhan. 4:40 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1642869]. Click here for PDF.

658. India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) lowest at 2.15% since 1st Lockdown - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Total recoveries nearly 11 lakh. More than 36,500 recovered in last 24 hours. 2:43 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1642833]. Click here for PDF.

 

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