Coronavirus India updates

  • Karnataka govt imposes lockdown in 4 areas of Bengaluru after COVID-19 cases rise The Karnataka govt has imposed lockdown in four areas — K R Market, Chamarajpet, Kalasipalya and Chickpet — after a surge in COVID-19 cases, according to Revenue Minister R Ashoka….read more
  • Biggest single-day COVID-19 spike in Puducherry with 30 fresh cases In the biggest single-day COVID-19 spike in Puducherry, 30 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the Union Territory as well as one death in JIPMER…..read more
  • ‘RT-PCR will remain the gold standard for all viral infections’ A negative test on an antigen based assay is not reliable. Even if there is infection, there is a 50% chance that the antigen test will be negative, says Dr. P. Srinivasan, technical director at Neuberg Diagnostics….read more
  • “TOTAL ANTIBODY DETECTION ASSAY KIT” for COVID -19 launched in India by J.Mitra J Mitra & Co. Pvt Ltd, India’s leading global MNC in the In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) industry has launched its state-of-the-art Covid-19 Test Kit in the Indian market. Based on the Double Sandwich Elisa technology, the test kit is known as COVID-19 [IgM, IgG, IgA] MICROLISA. It is a serology-based total antibody (IgM, IgG, IgA) detection assay…..read more
  • CDRI to carry Phase III clinical trials of Umifenovir The Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI),Lucknow, has received permission from Drug Controller General of India(DCGI) for carrying out Phase III clinical trials to test the efficacy, safety and tolerability of the antiviral drug Umifenovir.The Phase III activities will be carried out at King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences (RMLIMS) and ERA’s Lucknow Medical College andHospital, Lucknow….read more
  • ICMR gives nod to antigen-based testing kit for faster diagnosis The government’s apex research body, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has recommended use of the first antigen-based testing kit for Covid-19 to enable faster diagnosis at lower rates and without laboratory examinations of samples….read more
  • Bengaluru’s COVID-19 ICUs run out of beds for patients Bengaluru’s COVID-19 ICUs have run out of beds for patients needing intensive care. The city has 36 ICU patients, according to the daily COVID-19 media bulletin. However, the city’s COVID-19 ICUs have 40 patients….read more
  • Why Bengaluru Covid-19 count is least among big cities Epidemiologists say central to the city’s Covid-19 control programme has been its continuing practice of quarantining positive cases and identifying contacts within 24 hours of a positive test result — a practice many of the other metros have struggled to keep up with as numbers started swelling…..read more
  • COVID-19: Experts rubbish Centre’s denial of community spread in India A poor understanding of the epidemiology of COVID-19 is probably what prevents the Union government from declaring the community transmission of the coronavirus in big Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, say veteran virologists tracking the pandemic….read more
  • Who governs Delhi? New Delhi has emerged as a hotspot of coronavirus in India and the Delhi government has been under attack for its inability to take effective steps to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, with even the Supreme Court expressing its displeasure…..read more
  • France commits 200 million Euros for India’s COVID-19 response France and India Thursday signed an agreement committing 200 million euros to increase the state and central governments’ capacities to support India’s most vulnerable people in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis……read more