Coronavirus India updates

  • India coronavirus: Patients stranded as Delhi struggles with Covid The chief minister of India’s capital Delhi has said that state hospitals will now be reserved only for residents of the city….read more   
  • Sun Pharma initiates Phase-II clinical trial on AQCH for treatment of COVID-19 patients Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. which includes its subsidiaries and/or associate companies has commenced Phase-II clinical trial on AQCH, a phytopharmaceutical (plant-derived) drug for treatment for COVID-19….read more
  • Researchers at IIT-Hyderabad develop low-cost test kit that can detect virus within 20 minutes A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad claims to have developed a first-of-its kind COVID-19 test kit that can deliver results within 20 minutes….read more
  • Design institute comes up with portable isolation unit While hospitals in major cities are running out of critical-care beds, the Kerala State Institute of Design (KSID) has come up with EZY-Isolate, an indoor modular portable isolation unit for emergency situations….read more
  • CCMB finds cheaper, more effective RT-PCR method to test COVID-19 samples With the steeply rising number of infected persons, there is a need for a reliable test that would give results quickly and also be less expensive. Researchers from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, have studied such a method, also using RT-PCR but with dry swabs, bypassing the RNA isolation stage, which they find consumes less time and is less expensive….read more
  • Scientists find second most common coronavirus type in India Scientists at multiple CSIR laboratories have identified a coronavirus type that maybe the second most prevalent in India and may comprise 3.5% of the genomes globally….read more
  • Plight of doctoral students during the pandemic In the establishment of advanced research, the ones most affected due to the COVID-19 crisis are fresh PhD scholars and those who are on the verge of completing their doctoral research. This cream of our scientific establishment, after years of dedicated and consistent hard work, find that their opportunities have disappeared suddenly…..read more
  • Over 50% of COVID-19 cases, deaths are from five Indian cities Even as nearly 66% of the Indian population is in rural areas, the large majority of cases reported so far are from a few cities. The airborne route of transmission, primarily droplet transmission, and high population density seen in urban areas provide a fertile ground for the virus to spread. The high prevalence of comorbidities in people living in urban areas is responsible for the higher deaths…..read more
  • To deal with spitting, carry a spittoon Nagpur-based start-up has launched a spittoon that is eco-friendly and disposable, and can be easily carried out.  EzySpit offers spittoons that come as a disposable glass and as a pocket pouch with a ziplock….read more
  • Health Ministry drafts rules to help COVID-19 patients access new drugs Seeking to facilitate availability of experimental drugs for severely-ill COVID-19 patients, the Union Health Ministry has issued a draft notification for “compassionate use” of any unapproved drug that is in the phase-III clinical trial globally….read more
  • Nature takes a deep breath, guarded by the coronavirus With the recession of economic activity, human beings safely stowed away in their homes, the ecosystem may have begun to revive itself, as these experiences from the Himalayas and metropolitan India suggest….read more
  • Bengaluru: Three testing solutions to hit market soon Three members of the National Biomedical Resource Indigenisation Consortium (N-BRIC), which is headquartered in Bengaluru, are ready to take three innovations related to coronavirus testing to the production stage….read more