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An up-to-date compilation of official information released by the Government of India from January 17, 2020 and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the month of August 2020. In addition, links are provided to important official communication and 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.

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

 

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Press Releases in August

August 31, 2020

754. Japan’s commits Rs 3,500 crore (approx.) as Official Development Assistance for health sector to fight the COVID-19 crisis in India - Ministry of Finance

The Govt. of Japan has committed Official Development Assistance loan of an amount of JPY50 billion (approx. Rs. 3,500 crore) for the COVID-19 Crisis Emergency Response Support. The Notes were exchanged today between Dr. C.S. Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India, and Mr. Suzuki Satoshi, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan to India for a Health sector programme loan to fight the COVID-19 crisis. 6:23 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1650053]. Click here for PDF.

753. Health Ministry to rush Central teams to UP, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Central teams to assist in strengthening Containment, Surveillance, Testing and efficient Clinical management. 5:18 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1650011]. Click here for PDF.

752. On a steep rise, India conducts more than 4.23 cr tests. 43% of Total Cases recorded in just 3 States-Maharashtra, AP, Karnataka - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

India has exhibited determined resolve to expand the testing which has led to an exponential hike of COVID-19 testing. Starting from a single test in one lab in Pune in January 20202, the daily testing capacity has been scaled up to more than 10 lakh in August 2020. 12:24 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649953]. Click here for PDF.

August 30, 2020

751. India’s maintains its high Recovery Rate: total Recoveries cross 27 lakh. Recovered Patients are more than 3.5 times the Active Cases - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), India's COVID-19 total recoveries have crossed 27 lakh today. Recovery of 27,13,933 patients has been made possible because of effective implementation of the Centre conceived and led policy of TESTING aggressively, TRACKING comprehensively through timely surveillance of close contacts,& TREATING effectively through a widening medical care infrastructure across the country. 2:08 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649735]. Click here for PDF.

750. India crosses another landmark- records highest ever tests in a single day - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

More than 10.5 lakh COVID tests conducted in the last 24 hrs. All State/UTs conducting more than 140 tests/day/million, as advised by WHO. 11:56 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649715]. Click here for PDF.

August 29, 2020

749. Union Home Secretary and Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) review measures for containing spread of COVID-19 infection in the Union Territories - Ministry of Home Affairs

Union Home Secretary and Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) jointly reviewed the measures for containing spread of COVID-19 infection in the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, in a meeting held on 29.08.2020 through Video Conferencing. Senior officers of MHA, MoHFW and these UTs were present. 8:17 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649627]. Click here for PDF.

748. MHA issues new Guidelines - Ministry of Home Affairs

Unlock 4 opens up more activities outside Containment Zones. Strict enforcement of lockdown in Containment Zones till 30th September 2020. 8:05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649623]. Click here for PDF.

747. Total Recoveries in India surpass 26 lakh. Increasing Recovery Rate is coupled with a consistently falling Case Fatality Rate - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

A significant feature of India’s management of COVID-19 cases is the growing rate of recovered patients.  Higher number of patients are recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases). These recoveries are being achieved because of adherence to the “National Standard Treatment Protocol” by all health facilities across the country as well as by regular daily monitoring of positive cases under home isolation. 4:10 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649487]. Click here for PDF.

746. Dr Harsh Vardhan chairs 20th meeting of Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

India has one of the lowest global COVID fatality rates: Dr Harsh Vardhan. Dr. Vinod Paul, Member (Health) NitiAayog apprises GoM on Vaccine Development in India. 3:36 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649481]. Click here for PDF.

745. Unprecedented upsurge in testing, India crosses a new peak of 4 cr tests. More than 9 lakh tests conducted for third successive day - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

In its fight against COVID-19 since January 2020, India has crossed another peak. The cumulative tests have seen an unprecedented upsurge and surpassed 4 crore today. 12:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649449]. Click here for PDF.

August 28, 2020

744. Dr. Harsh Vardhan digitally inaugurates Super Speciality Block of MGM Medical College, Indore - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Harsh Vardhan expresses gratitude for Vajpayee ji’s vision of a healthy nation. 5:54 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649276]. Click here for PDF.

743. India tests more than 9 lakh samples each day, two days in a row - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Total tests near a new peak of 4 crore. More than 1 crore tested in past 2 weeks. 1:15 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649171]. Click here for PDF.

742. Active cases only 22% of total COVID cases. Recoveries are now 26 lakh. Exceed Active cases by more than 18 lakh - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

In pursuance of the Centre’s strategic and graded TEST, TRACK and TREAT approach, India is registering continuous progress on the recovery front and reduction in the fatality rate.  In the past five months, more than 3/4 of COVID-19 cases have recovered and less than 1/4 is active now. 12:06 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1649147]. Click here for PDF.

August 27, 2020

741. States urged to proactively limit COVID transmission and keep the mortality below 1%. Cabinet Secretary reviews 10 States/UT with high COVID Case Fatality - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Cabinet Secretary holds a video conference (VC) with the Chief Secretariesand Health Secretaries of nine States and one UT at 1030 hrs today. The States/UT attending the VC were Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, alongwith the Union Health Secretary, DG ICMR and Member (Health), NITI Aayog. The VC was convened to review and discuss the COVID management and response strategy in these States/UT. 6:05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648988]. Click here for PDF.

740. With more than 9 lakh tests in last 24 hour, India tests nearly 3.9 crore - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

India’s crosses another milestone- Total Recoveries cross 2.5 million. The gap between Active and Recovered cases reaches nearly 18 lakh. 1:58 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648924]. Click here for PDF.

August 26, 2020

739. Guidance note on Bi-directional TB-COVID screening and screening of TB among ILI/SARI cases - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Tuberculosis and COVID-19 are infectious diseases which primarily attack the lungs. They present with similar symptoms of cough, fever and difficulty breathing, although TB disease has a longer incubation period and a slower onset of disease. The prevalence of TB among COVID-19 patients has been found to be 0.37 – 4.47% in different studies. There has been an overall decline in TB notification by 26% during January to June 2020 as compared to previous year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more... [https://www.mohfw.gov.in]. Click here for PDF.

738. Clinical Guidance on Diabetes Management at COVID-19 Patient Management Facility - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Screen every patient at admission for hyperglycemia with at least two capillary blood glucose values (1 pre-meal and 1 post-meal value) by a glucometer. Every patient with diabetes should be started on a diabetic diet. Kindly ensure that the patient strictly adhere to the timing and quantity advised in the diet chart. Read more... [https://www.mohfw.gov.in]. Click here for PDF.

737. With more than 8 lakh average tests every day, India scales up COVID-19 testing. Tests Per Million (TPM) now more than 27,000 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Early identification of the COVID-19 infections through timely and aggressive TESTING has played a pivotal role in India’s strategy to fight the pandemic. Following the Centre-led policy of ‘TEST-TRACK-TREAT”, collaborative efforts of the State/UT governments have led to India consistently ramping up its testing infrastructure to touch a capacity of 10 lakh tests/day. 2:26 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648683]. Click here for PDF.

736. As Recoveries in India grow, difference with Active Cases widens. Recovered Patients are 3.5 times the Active Cases - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The number of recoveries in India today exceeds the active cases by 3.5 times. The single day recovery figure has been more than 60,000 since many days. Recovery of 63,173 COVID-19 patients in the last 24 hours has resulted in the cumulative recoveries of 24,67,758 people. This has contributed to the rapidly widening chasm between the number of percentage recovered and percentage active cases further. 1:06 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648672]. Click here for PDF.

735. CGHS starts tele-consultation services through e-Sanjeevani in Delhi/NCR - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been receiving requests from various quarters, including senior citizen beneficiaries, to start tele-consultation services with specialist doctors in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic due to which it is not advisable for senior citizens to visit public places, particularly health care facilities. 12:17 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648664]. Click here for PDF.

August 25, 2020

734. Growth of active COVID-19 cases is slowing down: Health Secretary - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

ICMR Sero surveys expected to be published this week in ‘Indian Journal of Medical Research’ after being subjected to two rounds of peer reviews: DG, ICMR. 7:10 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648568]. Click here for PDF.

733. Raksha Mantri calls for seamless implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes in Cantonment areas; - Ministry of Defence

Shri Rajnath Singh launches insurance scheme to benefit 10,000 workers in Cantonments. 5:21 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648514]. Click here for PDF.

732. Following “TEST, TRACK, TREAT” strategy, India tests nearly 3.7 crore. Rising Tests Per Million (TPM) touch 26,685 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Keeping the focus on “Test, Track and Treat” strategy, India has tested nearly 3.7 crore cumulative COVID-19 samples so far. With India’s strong resolve to rapidly increase the number of daily tests, the cumulative testing as on date has reached 3,68,27,520. 1:22 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648431]. Click here for PDF.

731. Highest ever single day recoveries of 66,550 in last 24 hours - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

India scales another peak: Total recoveries cross 24 lakh. More than 100% increase in Recovered Cases in last 25 days. 12:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648421]. Click here for PDF.

August 24, 2020

730. Inauguration of DRDO’s 500 Bed COVID Hospital in Patna - Ministry of Defence

A 500 bed Covid Hospital with 125 ICU beds, set up by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) in Patna was inaugurated today by Shri Nityanand Rai, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. 6:58 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648263]. Click here for PDF.

729. Validity of Motor Vehicle documents extended till December this year - Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to extend the validity of Fitness, Permits, Licenses, Registration or other documents under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 till the 31st of December 2020. 3:45 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648182]. Click here for PDF.

728. On a steady march, India conducts a total of nearly 3.6 crore tests. Tests Per Million (TPM) scale a new peak of 26,016 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

A key component in India’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been early identification of the positive cases by timely and aggressive TESTING. Prompt identification and isolation synced with efficient treatment have led to the rising number of recoveries and low and declining mortality due to COVID-19. 1:31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648153]. Click here for PDF.

727. India’s total Recoveries cross 23 lakh - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), India's COVID-19 total recoveries have crossed 23lakh today. 12:46 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648145]. Click here for PDF.

August 23, 2020

726. High recoveries push India’s Recovery Rate to nearly 75% - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Recoveries exceed the Active Cases by nearly 16 lakh. One of the lowest globally, India’s Case Fatality Rate further dips. 2:50 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648028]. Click here for PDF.

725. Maintaining daily testing spree of more than 8 lakhs, India tests more than 3.5 crore Tests Per Million (TPM) rise; pegged at 25,574 today - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Starting from one test in January 2020 through a single lab in Pune, India has exceeded cumulative tests of more than 3.5 crore today. Consistently testing more than 8 lakhs tests since the last six days, with 8,01,147 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours, the total has touched 3,52,92,220. 1:30 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1648018]. Click here for PDF.

August 22, 2020

724. Revised SOP for international travel on non-scheduled international flights under Vande Bharat Scheme and Air transport Bubble arrangementMinistry of Home Affairs. Click here for PDF.

723. MHA asks States to allow unhindered movement of persons and goods and services during Unlock-3 - Ministry of Home Affairs

Restrictions at local level imposed by District Administrations or by State Governments is violation of MHA guidelines under DMA, 2005 provisions. 5:31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647890]. Click here for PDF.

722. India records Highest ever single day peak of 63,631recoveries - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

On the day, India’s daily tests have scaled a new peak of 10 lakh 23 thousand,India has achieved another milestone as it recorded highest ever single day recoveries of 63,631 in the last 24 hours. 3:33 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647874]. Click here for PDF.

721. India crosses a crucial milestone in the fight against COVID-19 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Keeping to its promise of exponentially increasing the daily COVID-19 tests to 10 lakhs, India has crossed the significant milestone in its fight against COVID today. 12:31 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647838]. Click here for PDF.

August 21, 2020

720. Guidelines for Conduct of General Election/Bye election during COVID-19 - Election Commission

Election Commission of India approved the broad guidelines for conduct of general/bye elections during COVID-19 period. 4:47 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647624]. Click here for PDF.

719. Industrial Training Institute, Berhampur files 3 Patents for COVID-19 related innovations; Leverages technical expertise to contribute to Aatmnirbhar Bharat - Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

In an ongoing effort to use its technical expertise to help curtail the spread of COVID-19, Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Berhampur has registered three of its innovative products developed to fight against the novel Coronavirus in the patent journal, attesting its inherent strength to be able to rise to any challenge. 4:12 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647607]. Click here for PDF.

718. India reaches another record of highest single day recoveries - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

62,282 recover in the last 24 hours. Decrease in % Active Cases and Rise in % Recovered Cases. 12:37 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647536]. Click here for PDF.

717. Study initiated for low cost COVID 19 detection kit suitable for storage in less stringent conditions in rural areas - Ministry of Science & Technology

Researchers are developing an aptamer-based diagnostic kit for detection of SARS-Co-V2 infection. It can detect a number of infections in precise & efficient manner, besides making detection of COVID 19 infection less costly. 12:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647531]. Click here for PDF.

August 20, 2020

716. Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches an interactive game and IEC content to promote COVID Appropriate Behaviours. “Social Vaccine against COVID-19 no Rocket Science” - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfarelaunched an interactive first-of-its-kind game on COVID-19, The Corona Fighters (www.thecoronafighters.in), and two new videos urging adherence to key COVID Appropriate Behaviours, here today, in the presence of Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare. 7:39 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647406]. Click here for PDF.

 

715. With higher number of patients getting cured, India’s total Recoveries Reach nearly 21 lakh - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Recovery Rate further rises- nearly 74% today. 3 times more Recovered Patients than the Active Cases. 3:01 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647264]. Click here for PDF.

714. On a steady march, India conducts record high of more than 9 lakh tests in a single day - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Tests Per Million (TPM) continue to rise, stand at 23,668 today. On the path of a steady rise, India has scaled a new peak in daily testing. 1:39 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647235]. Click here for PDF.

713. Our medical fraternity made the nation proud and shown to the world that India can be a trusted partner: Shri Piyush Goyal; - Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Shri Goyal calls for leveraging the tools of technology to recharge our health system with the power of Access, Awareness, and Availability. 1:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1647230]. Click here for PDF.

August 19, 2020

712. Guidelines on Safe Ophthalmology Practices in Covid-19 Scenario - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Background: The examination & procedures related to ophthalmology involves close interactions with the patient. This document outlines the preventive and response measures to be observed to minimize and avoid the spread of COVID-19 in eye care facilities. Read more... [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/GuidelineforEyeCare.pdf]. Click here for PDF.

711. SCTIMST & IIT Madras start-up set up portable hospital infrastructure for COVID -19 - Ministry of Science & Technology

“Foldable, portable, pre-fab hospitals that are easy to assemble on-site quickly provide a compelling solution to effectively addressing the needs of pandemics, disasters, and other contingencies”--  Prof Ashutosh Sharma. 5:14 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646970]. Click here for PDF.

710. 49 innovations in 5 focus areas receive Millennium Alliance Round 6 & COVID19 Innovation Challenge-Awards - Ministry of Science & Technology

“DST currently supports 150 technology business incubators with over 4000 technology startups within these incubators across the country”--Professor Ashutosh Sharma . 5:07 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646963]. Click here for PDF.

709. India continues on its path of high testing: more than 8 lakh tests/day for 2nd day in a row - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Tests Per Million (TPM) continue to rise, cross 23,002 while positivity remains stable at around 8%. 4:33 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646953]. Click here for PDF.

708. A big win for Digital India: Health Ministry’s ‘eSanjeevani’ telemedicine service records 2 lakh tele-consultations - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The ‘eSanjeevani’ digital platform of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has completed 2 lakh tele-consultations. 1:54 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646913]. Click here for PDF.

707. India scales another peak: Total recoveries cross 2 million - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Highest ever single day recoveries of 60,091 in last 24 hours India’s Recovery Rate scales a peak too, races past 73%. 11:24 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646881]. Click here for PDF.

August 18, 2020

706. ‘Dhanwantari Rath’ to bring Ayurveda at doorsteps of Delhi Police families. MoU signed between AIIA and Delhi Police - AYUSH

A MoU was signed between All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) and Delhi Police today for extending the Ayurveda Preventive and Promotive health services in the residential colonies of Delhi Police. These services are to be provided through a mobile unit named ‘Dhanwantari Rath’ and Police Wellness Centres and are to be catered by AIIA, supported by Ministry of AYUSH. 7:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646768]. Click here for PDF.

705. Vaccine candidates are progressing well, we are facilitating them in ramping up capacity: Dr. V. K. Paul - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Government has requested manufacturers to indicate potential prices of COVID vaccines: Dr. V.K. Paul New dimensions of post-COVID sub-acute morbidities are coming to the fore, but not at a dangerously alarming level: Dr. V.K. Paul Price of testing has decreased, testing kits available in GeM portal: Health Secretary. 7:01 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646760]. Click here for PDF.

704. India tests a new record- nearly 9 lakh tested in one day - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Record Highest Single Day Recoveries of 57,937 Total Recoveries exceed Active Cases by more than 13 lakh. 1:21 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646637]. Click here for PDF.

August 17, 2020

703. India sets a new landmark, exceeds 3 crore tests - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Tests Per Million (TPM) continue to rise, stand at 21,769 today. 2:46 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646408]. Click here for PDF.

702. India reports highest ever single day recoveries of 57,584 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Recovery Rate races beyond 72% Total recoveries soon to cross 2 million. 1:46 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646394]. Click here for PDF.

August 16, 2020

701. One of the lowest globally, India’s Case Fatality Rate below 2% and slidingMinistry of Health and Family Welfare

Recovery Rate maintains upwards journey, nearly 72% today COVID tests nearly 3 cr. 12:40 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646259]. Click here for PDF.

August 15, 2020

700. Prime Minister salutes the country’s valiant fight with COVID in his I-Day address to the nation. Announces the National Digital Health Mission - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and India’s simultaneous graded and pro-active approach that made the country “Atmanirbhar” found a place in the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation on the 74 Independence Day, as he highlighted the accomplishments of the Central government in the field of health. 2:28 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646049]. Click here for PDF.

699. India reaches another record of highest single day recoveries - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

On a continuous path of registering high single day recoveries, India has touched another peak of posting the highest recoveries of COVID-19 cases in a single day. 57,381 have recovered and discharged in the past 24 hours. 1:07 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1646037]. Click here for PDF.

August 14, 2020

698. India conducts record high of nearly 8.5 lakh tests in a single day - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

On a continues rise, Recovery Rate stands at 71.17%. Case Fatality Rate further reduced to 1.95%. 3:09 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645757]. Click here for PDF.

697. India marches ahead with “Atmanirbhar Bharat” - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Establishes its global position with export of 23 lakh PPEs in one month only. Union Govt distributes more than 1.28 Cr PPEs to States/UTs. 2:52 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645751]. Click here for PDF.

696. Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Voluntary Blood Donation Campaign at AIIMS, Delhi - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Voluntary Blood Donation is the most valuable way of serving mankind: Dr. Harsh Vardhan. 1:43 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645731]. Click here for PDF.

August 13, 2020

695. India conducts a record high of more than 8.3 lakh tests in a single day - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Crossing the 8 lakh/day milestone of tests in a single day, India has registered a record high of 8,30,391 tests conducted in the last 24 hours in India. In pursuance of the “Test, Track and Treat” strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day. 6:13 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645542]. Click here for PDF.

694. India posts highest ever single day recoveries of 56,383 in a single day - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

Total recoveries nearly 17 lakhs On a continuous slide, Case Fatality Rate further improves to 1.96%. 2:44 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645478]. Click here for PDF.

693. Union Govt reaches the landmark of distributing more than 3 Cr N95 Masks to States - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

More than 1.28 Cr PPEs and 10 cr HCQ distributed Free of Cost by Central Government. 10:23 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645435]. Click here for PDF.

August 12, 2020

692. National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 deliberates on strategy to ensure COVID-19 vaccines’ availability and its delivery mechanism - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19, met for the first time on 12 August. The meeting was chaired by Dr V K Paul, Member Niti Aayog along with Secretary (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) as co-Chair. 5:28 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645363]. Click here for PDF.

691. Record highest single day recoveries of 56,110 registered - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

India’s Recovery rate soars past 70% India tests highest ever single day tests at 7,33,449. 2:58 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645305]. Click here for PDF.

August 11, 2020

690. Case Fatality Rate of COVID-19 in India has come down below 2% for the first time today and is continuously declining: Health Ministry - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Joint Monitoring Group with domain experts under the leadership of Director-General Health Services working on a guidance note for the people who have recovered from COVID-19 and the possible complications that may afflict them : Health Secretary. 7:39 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645147]. Click here for PDF.

689. Information about ongoing suspension of Passenger Train Services - Ministry of Railways

As decided and informed earlier on as well, regular passenger and suburban train services will continue to remain suspended till further notice. 5:29 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645088]. Click here for PDF.

688. PM interacts with CMs to discuss the current situation and plan ahead for tackling the pandemic - Prime Minister's Office

We need to follow a new mantra - all those who have come in contact with an infected person should be traced and tested within 72 hours: PM 80% of active cases are from 10 states, if the virus is defeated here, the entire country will emerge victorious: PM. 2:05 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645011]. Click here for PDF.

687. With nearly 16 lakh Recoveries, India’s Recovery rate nearly 70% . Case Fatality Rate (CFR) falls below 2% - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive and comprehensive testing coupled with standardized clinical management of the critical patients based on holistic Standard of Care approach, have resulted in a sharp hike in the recovery rate, which is pegged at nearly 70% today. 2:03 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645009]. Click here for PDF.

August 10, 2020

686. EPFO ensures hassle free service delivery through UMANG during COVID-19 pandemic - Ministry of Labour & Employment

The Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) has been a big hit among Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) subscribers enabling them to utilize services during COVID-19 pandemic from the comfort of their homes in hassle free manner. 4:56 p.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644807]. Click here for PDF.

685. India's COVID-19 recoveries cross the historic peak of 1.5 million - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

India's COVID-19 recoveries have crossed the historic peak of 1.5 million today. Recovery of 15,35,743 patients has been made possible because of the policy of TESTING aggressively, TRACKING comprehensively & TREATING efficiently. Better ambulance services, focus on Standard of Care and use of non-invasive oxygen have given the desired results. 11:52 a.m. IST. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1644695]. Click here for PDF.

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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