Rapid antigen tests (RAT) now made up 25%-30% of the tests that were being conducted in India, Dr. Balram Bhargava, Director-General, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
According to the latest testing figures, the ICMR said it had tested nearly 6.6 lakh samples in a single day and, overall, India had tested over 20 million samples.
Here are the latest updates:
UP minister Brajesh Pathak tests positive
Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Brajesh Pathak on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, and asked people who came in contact with him recently to get themselves tested as per norms.
“After symptoms of coronavirus, I got tested on advice of doctors. I tested positive for COVID-19. Those who came in contact with me in past few days are requested to follow government guidelines and quarantine themselves and get themselves tested,” Law minister Pathak said in a tweet.
UP minister Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to the novel coronavirus on Sunday
COVID vaccine likely by mid-’21: WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan
Stating that a realistic timeline to start receiving first million doses of COVID vaccine is mid-2021, World Health Organization’s Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan cautioned that it might take longer “as we did not understand the virus completely”.
Extended lockdown helped save nearly 78,000 lives, Health Ministry tells House committee
The Union Health Ministry informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health that the nationwide lockdown from March 25 to May 31 helped save anything between 37,000 to 78,000 lives on Tuesday.
This was the first meeting of the standing committee on health chaired by Samajwadi Party MP Ramgopal Yadav since Parliament abruptly shut on March 23. The claim comes on a day that India has for the first time added the highest number of fresh cases globally on Sunday.
9.00 am | Andhra Pradesh
Kakinada GGH turns into COVID critical care facility
The Government General Hospital in Kakinada of East Godavari district has been converted into an 1,800-bedded critical care hospital exclusively for COVID-19 patients.
The State Government has recently designated the GGH as a COVID critical care hospital, as the nearest State COVID Hospital in Visakhapatnam was unable to accommodate COVID-19 patients from East Godavari district.
8.30 am | New Delhi
COVID-19 tests fall by 50% in city
With the number of daily COVID-19 tests falling by 50%, the new cases stayed below the 1,000 mark in Delhi for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. A total of 674 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours and the total tally now stands at 1,39,156, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government.
8.00 am | Tamil Nadu
‘Intense testing helped curb cases’
Intense testing and fever camps have helped bring the number of COVID-19 cases down in recent days in Tamil Nadu, including in Chennai and Madurai districts, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said on Tuesday.
Addressing the media, he said that with no vaccine ready yet, awareness of the disease and adherence to the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research might help to check the spread of the noval coronavirus.
7.30 am | New Delhi
Kejriwal thanks South Korean ambassador for praising Delhi Model of managing COVID-19
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday thanked the South Korean ambassador for his words of appreciation for the Delhi model of COVID-19 management, said an official statement. Mr. Kejriwal said he is happy that the Delhi Model is being recognized across the globe and that all nations need to join hands to fight and defeat COVID-19.
7.00 am | Andhra Pradesh
Plasma donors will get ₹5,000 incentive: Nellore Collector
With hospitals being pushed to the brink with the massive case load, the Nellore district administration announced a cash incentive for people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma.
“We have started using plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients in the district. I appeal to those who have recovered from the virus to voluntarily come forward and donate blood plasma. An incentive of ₹5,000 will be given to each donor,” Nellore Collector K.V.N. Chakradhar Babu said.