COVID-19 testing charge capped at Rs 1,600 in UP

The Uttar Pradesh government has capped the maximum price chargeable by private laboratories for testing for COVID-19 at Rs 1,600 with effect from tomorrow, Sep 11. Earlier, the maximum rate was Rs 2,500. The 900-rupee reduction has been made keeping in mind the higher availability of testing COVID-19 testing kits in the country and with […]

Glenmark says Favipiravir trial shows 29% faster recovery in COVID-19

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd said its trial of Favirpiravir showed a 28.6% faster recovery among those treated with the antiviral drug than on those who were on standard therapy. The 150-person trial showed “numerical improvements for the primary efficacy endpoint with 28.6% faster viral clearance in the overall population as measured by the median time until […]

Kerala confirms community transmission

Kerala has become the first state in India to confirm community transmission of COVID-19. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said community transmission has been confirmed in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district, based on test results from today. “We have come to the conclusion that COVID is now in community transmission in areas like Poomthura and Pulluvila,” […]

COVID-19: Dr Reddy’s signs deal to make and sell favipiravir globally

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, one of India’s biggest pharmaceuticals manufacturers, said it has signed a licensing agreement with Japan-based FUJIFILM to manufacture anti-viral drug favipiravir. Favipiravir is traditionally used to treat infuenza, and is also being tested in COVID-19 patients. Dr Reddy’s said the tie-up is part of the Japanese company’s efforts to ramp up the […]

COVID-19: 35,327 NRIs return to Kerala after losing jobs

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 35,327 people have returned to the state from other countries — mainly the Persian Gulf — in the last month-and-a-half after losing their jobs. They accounted for 50% of the total 71,958 people who have come back to the state in the first 46 days since flights were […]

Maruti Suzuki announces ‘car cabin separator’ for COVID-19 times

Maruti Suzuki has come out with a range of health-related products and car accessories keeping in mind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The most interesting of these is the ‘car cabin separator’, a PVC shield that can be kept behind the front seats to seal off the front and back sections of the car. “The car […]

India making over 1 lakh PPE kits a day: Govt

India is now making a substantial number of essential medical supplies such as personal protection equipment (PPE), N95 masks and ventilators, the central government said today. Medical professionals in India were hit by a dangerous shortage of PPE kits and N95 masks till about two weeks ago, leading to at least some nurses taking to […]

Delhi, TN, Haryana flatten the Coronavirus curve in India

Five states in India have so far ‘flattened’ the Coronavirus curve in India, while the situation in nine states continues to be cause for concern. In all, four states are seeing strong daily increases in COVID-19 numbers. These are Maharashtra and Gujarat — the most worrisome — as well as Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (see […]

CORONAVIRUS: Gujarat overtakes Delhi for No.2 spot, leads in death rate

With an addition of 127 cases so far today, the western Indian state of Gujarat has dislodged the national capital Delhi as the state with the second highest number of Coronavirus 2019 cases in India. The state, which also crossed the 2,000 patient milestone today, also has the highest death rate — along with Madhya […]

ICMR to start BCG Vaccine study for Coronavirus next week

Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top body for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, said it will start a new trial next week to study the efficacy of anti-TB vaccine BCG in preventing mortality in COVID-19. The statement comes even as the World Health Organization has said that there is no evidence […]

New COVID-19 cases in India cross the 800/day mark

Even as discussions about the continuation of the national lockdown continues, India has seen a record number of new COVID-19 patients in the last 24 hours. According to various crowd-sourced data sources, a total of 809 new cases of Coronavirus infections were reported in the last 24 hours (official confirmation expected today afternoon). This is […]