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COVID-19: 5 Out Of 8 Northeast States Are Coronavirus Free

The five states are – Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura.

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NEW DELHI: Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on Monday said that five out of the eight states in the North-East are corona-free now.

He said that those five states are – Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura.

Three states in the region – Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram – are not corona-free but there have been no new positive cases in these states in the recent past,” Singh said.


Elaborating further, Dr Singh said that while Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura are totally Corona free, the remaining north-east states of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram had 8, 11 and 1 Corona positive cases respectively, which are waiting to become negative, while no new cases were added till last night.

He congratulated the State governments of the North-Eastern region, their Chief Ministers and also the officials in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and North Eastern Council (NEC) for ensuring perfect coordination, which had made this possible.

Even during this emergency, the way the air cargo was operational in bringing supplies to the region, there was no shortage in the area of essential goods. From March 30 onwards, supplies kept reaching the region through Air India and the Indian Air Force. It was Prime Minister Modi’s directive that the North-East, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and island areas of the country be given priority,” Dr Singh said.


The governments in all eight North-eastern states have worked hard and collaborated with the Centre during this crisis. The North-East Development Council which is headquartered in Shillong has done an excellent job of coordination during this period,” he added.

Dr Singh also informed about the proposals received and under consideration from the different North-Eastern States like Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur for new health-related projects devoted to the management of infections and Corona care, critical care and upgraded healthcare.

These projects will be dealt with priority, he said. In addition, he informed that the Ministry of DoNER had placed Rs 25 crore at the disposal of North Eastern States in the initial stage itself, much before the lockdown, as gap-funding for corona related activities.

During the meeting, Dr Jitendra Singh also received an update about various economic activities in the recent days in the exempted areas, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines, which primarily included the Bamboo related activities.

Briefing the media, Dr Singh expressed satisfaction that whereas in the last six years, under Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi, Northeast has emerged as a model of developmental transformation, in the wake of the present COVID crisis, it has emerged as a model of effective, diligent and disciplined health management.


The video conference was attended by senior officers from North Eastern Council (NEC) Shillong as well representatives of different government bodies and PSUs including North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMC), North East Handicraft & Handloom Development Corporation (NEHHDC), North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi), Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) etc participated from their respective places.

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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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