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COVID-19: Inadequate Evidence To Suggest Nation-Level Community Transmission – AIIMS Delhi Director

Does not rule out the possibility of local level transmission in hotspots witnessing a huge spike in the number of cases.

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NEW DELHI: India is on fast track mode to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Speaking to the media in New Delhi today, AIIMS Delhi Director Randeep Guleria informed that the Human trials for the indigenously developed COVAXIN have begun at the premier medical Institute.

He informed that after the registration procedure and blood sample tests of the health volunteers, the vaccine will be administered to 100 healthy individuals in the first phase.

Dr Guleria said that in the second phase 750 people will be recruited between 12 to 65 years of age for the human trials.


He said that the medical institute has received an overwhelming response in terms of volunteer registration for the trials.

Terming development of an indigenous vaccine as a great achievement, he informed that India’s mass production capacity of drugs and vaccines will also help in meeting the demands during its production stage.

Replying to a question on Community Transmission, Dr Guleria said, there is not much evidence that community transmission is happening at National level.


He, however, did not rule out the possibility of local level transmission in hotspots witnessing a huge spike in the number of cases.

Dr Guleria asserted that certain areas in the country, including the National Capital, appeared to have reached their peak and are now showing a significant decline in the number of cases.

He emphasized on continued aggressive action towards containment of infection in hotspots.

The AIIMS Director stressed on the need for the enhanced door to door testing and isolation measures.

Dr Guleria said that the measures adopted by the government for testing, tracing and treating COVID-19 patients have helped contain the fatality rates in the country as one of the lowest in the world.


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COVID-19: In 15 Days, Recovery Rate Improves To 67% From 63%

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 5,86,244.

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NEW DELHI: The highest recoveries from coronavirus have been reported in the country within 24 hours. A total of 51 thousand 706 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in one day which is the highest figure since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in India. This has resulted in further improvement in the recovery rate which has reached 67.19 per cent in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry yesterday said, a total of 12 lakh 82 thousand 215 people have recovered from coronavirus in the country so far. It said, there has been a 63.8 per cent increase in recovered cases in the last 14 days.

The aggressive testing along with ramped up hospital infrastructure has ensured the increased recovery rate which has improved from 63 per cent to 67 per cent in two weeks.


The Ministry said that a total of 52,509 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country in the past 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 19,08,254.

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 5,86,244.

In a single day, 857 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 39,795. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.08 per cent in the country.


Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research said that a total of 2,14,84,402 tests have been conducted in the country so far.

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COVID-19: India Has Now Tested Over Two Crore Samples For Coronavirus

The number of ‘Tests Per Million’ in the country has increased to over 14,850.

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NEW DELHI: In a landmark achievement, India has tested over two crore COVID-19 samples so far. The remarkable feat has been achieved by the State and Union Territories under the guidance of Centre for management of COVID-19.

India has carried out over two crore tests for detection of COVID-19 pursuant to the key strategy of “test aggressively, track efficiently and isolate and treat promptly”, the government said on Monday, hailing the milestone as a “landmark achievement”.

The objectives of testing aggressively, tracking efficiently and isolating and treating promptly are rigorously followed by States and Union Territories in terms of the guidance given by the Health Ministry.


Effective implementation of this approach has led to ramping up the testing capacity across the country and facilitated widespread COVID testing of people. With 6,61,715 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of Tests Per Million in the country has increased to over 14,850.

COVID testing in the country has demonstrated a steady upward trend indicating the growing testing network. In another positive development, around 24 States and Union Territories have reported higher testing per million than the national average.

On Aug 3, a record six lakh 61,715 COVID tests were done by various laboratories. This is the highest number of COVID tests conducted in the country in a single day so far.


More than 2,08,64,000 tests have been conducted in the country till now.

Starting from less than 100 tests per day, a multiple fold increase in a few months was made possible by dedicated teams of research institutions, medical colleges, testing laboratories, Ministries, airlines and postal services. Government has created robust health infrastructure for effective management of COVID-19 pandemic within a short span.

In January this year, there was only one testing laboratory for COVID-19 in India. Now, 1,356 labs are engaged in testing the COVID samples across the country. Out of the total 917 are government labs while 439 and private laboratories.

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Govt Warns Against Use Of N-95 Masks With Valved Respirators

There is “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks by the public other than designated health workers.

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NEW DELHI: The Centre has written to all states and union territories warning against the use of N-95 masks with valved respirators by people, saying these do not prevent the virus from spreading out and are “detrimental” to the measures adopted for its containment.

The Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) in the Ministry of Health, in a letter to the Principal Secretaries of health and medical education of states, said it has been observed that there is “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks, particularly those with valved respirators, by the public other than designated health workers.

“…I would like to draw your attention to the advisory on the use of home-made protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of the MoHFW,” read the statement by the DGHS.


The official referred to the advisory on the use of homemade protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of the Ministry of Health.

This advisory had been issued by the central government in April, asking people to use a homemade protective cover for face and mouth, particularly when they step outside of their residences.

The advisory stressed such face covers must be washed and cleaned each day, as instructed, and stated that any used cotton cloth can be used to make this face cover.


The colour of the fabric does not matter but one must ensure that the fabric is washed well in boiling water for five minutes and dried well before making the face cover.

It is to bring to your knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of coronavirus as it does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks,” DGHS Rajiv Garg said in the letter.

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