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People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus queue up in Kochi, Kerala state, India.(AP)

Covid-19: 18 UK returnees to Kerala test positive, samples sent to NIV Pune for studying variant

Thiruvananthapuram | By hindustantimes | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 03:31 PM IST
In order to test and analyse the Covid-19 strain, the Kerala government has sent samples of eight people who have tested positive for the virus to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for genomic analysis.
A man rides his motorcycle past a parked bus of Indian biotechnology company Bharat Biotech outside its office in Hyderabad.(REUTERS)
A man rides his motorcycle past a parked bus of Indian biotechnology company Bharat Biotech outside its office in Hyderabad.(REUTERS)

Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’ into phase-3 trials

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 07:49 PM IST
Covaxin is being developed by BharatBiotech, in collaboration with the ICMR - National Institute of Virology (NIV).
Kansas-based ViroVax LLC has licensed their adjuvant for the use of Covaxin, which is currently undergoing advanced stages of clinical trials in India.(Representational Photo/REUTERS)
Kansas-based ViroVax LLC has licensed their adjuvant for the use of Covaxin, which is currently undergoing advanced stages of clinical trials in India.(Representational Photo/REUTERS)

Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine to use ViroVax’s adjuvant for longer-lasting immunity

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 12:08 PM IST
Bharat Biotech is currently conducting Phase 2 human trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate after receiving approval from the Drugs Controller General of India
A health worker takes samples for Covid-19 test, in Guwahati on Tuesday.(PTI)
A health worker takes samples for Covid-19 test, in Guwahati on Tuesday.(PTI)

Covid-19: India’s tests per million population cross 50k-mark

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 08:49 AM IST
In the past 10 days alone, Covid-19 testing has gone up from about 46,000 tests per million population to about 53,000 tests currently
The country is close to achieving the daily testing target of around a million swab samples.(HT Photo)
The country is close to achieving the daily testing target of around a million swab samples.(HT Photo)

India tests record 8.97 lakh swab samples in a day

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 11:55 AM IST
India has conducted 309,38,400 Covid-19 tests to date since the first swab sample was diagnosed on January 23. There has been a threefold rise in conducting Covid-19 tests, as compared to a month ago, when 10 million samples were tested.
Currently, the NIV in Pune is the only institution in the country capable of providing well-coordinated medical and public health responses during emergencies.(Bharat Bhushan/ Hindustan Times)
Currently, the NIV in Pune is the only institution in the country capable of providing well-coordinated medical and public health responses during emergencies.(Bharat Bhushan/ Hindustan Times)

Centre has given in-principle approval for NIV Centre in Punjab: CMO

Chandigarh | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 07:26 PM IST
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who had made a proposal to the central government in regard to the NIV Centre some weeks back in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, welcomed the approval.
Human clinical trials are scheduled to start across India in July 2020.(REUTERS)
Human clinical trials are scheduled to start across India in July 2020.(REUTERS)

Bharat Biotech to start human trials for first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine from July

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu| Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 02:23 PM IST
A release from the company said the vaccine was developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology (NIV).
The trials for the vaccine, named Covaxin, are likely to begin next month, the firm said.(REUTERS)
The trials for the vaccine, named Covaxin, are likely to begin next month, the firm said.(REUTERS)

Covid-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech first to get human trials nod

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 08:22 AM IST
The strains of Sars-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19 was isolated by ICMR-NIV and transferred to Bharat Biotech in May. Scientists have managed to isolate and culture 11 strains that can be used to develop vaccines and aid research.
Health officials outside an isolation ward at a hospital in Hyderabad on March 13.(PTI image)
Health officials outside an isolation ward at a hospital in Hyderabad on March 13.(PTI image)

India manages isolating coronavirus strains at ICMR-NIV

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2020 07:11 AM IST
The isolation of virus strains is the first step towards expediting the development of drugs, vaccines and rapid diagnostic kits in the country.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the country’s apex health research body, has increased testing capacity from 51 to 65 not just for preliminary testing, but also for confirmatory testing.(HT Photo)
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the country’s apex health research body, has increased testing capacity from 51 to 65 not just for preliminary testing, but also for confirmatory testing.(HT Photo)

Fast-tracked and extensive testing key to coronavirus containment

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2020 10:16 PM IST
India’s capacity of testing 100,000 samples for Covid-19 can be increased further by adding ICMR’s network of 106 virus research and diagnostic laboratories (VRDLS) within days.
A total of 20 samples belonging to suspected cases in Lucknow have been tested and all barring the doctor have tested negative(REUTERS)
A total of 20 samples belonging to suspected cases in Lucknow have been tested and all barring the doctor have tested negative(REUTERS)

Indian-origin doctor from Canada tests positive for coronavirus, kept in isolation at Lucknow’s KGMU

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2020 02:26 PM IST
The 35-year-old doctor of Indian origin is based in Toronto, Canada and had arrived here on March 8. She was tested positive on Wednesday night and her samples have been sent for reconfirmation to NIV, Dr Himanshu said.
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5 days on, reports of 2 suspected patients still awaited from Pune lab

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By HT Correspondent, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2020 09:42 PM IST
The patients, a 44-year-old man and his 15-year-old son, had returned from Italy and were admitted to the isolation ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, as soon as they reached Amritsar on March 4. The two had tested positive for the virus in the preliminary tests.
Medical staff, wearing protective suits, dispose of medical waste as they exit the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to Covid-19 patients at Kochi Medical college in Kerala on February 8.(PTI photo)
Medical staff, wearing protective suits, dispose of medical waste as they exit the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to Covid-19 patients at Kochi Medical college in Kerala on February 8.(PTI photo)

Kerala on high alert after 5 fresh coronavirus cases

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2020 02:41 AM IST
Three of the five people in Pathanamthitta district had returned from Italy last month and two other relatives were infected after they came into contact with them.
National Institute of Virology in Pune.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
National Institute of Virology in Pune.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

With 2,300 samples tested so far, NIV emerges as key centre in India in fight against Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 09:32 PM IST
Pune’s National Institute of Virology has emerged as the key centre in the fight against Covid-19, which tests on an average 25 samples daily, collected from suspected patients, according to officials.
People wear protective masks at the government-run Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.(PTI PHOTO.)
People wear protective masks at the government-run Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.(PTI PHOTO.)

2 Coronavirus cases from Hyderabad referred to Pune’s NIV emerge negative

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2020 12:51 PM IST
The two had undergone preliminary tests at Hyderabad’s state-run Gandhi Hospital on Wednesday.
Maharashtra, Mar 04 (ANI): Tourists wearing a mask as part of preventive measures for the deadly coronavirus, at Colaba in Mumbai on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Maharashtra, Mar 04 (ANI): Tourists wearing a mask as part of preventive measures for the deadly coronavirus, at Colaba in Mumbai on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Preparing on war footing to take on coronavirus, says Maharashtra minister

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya M S
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 04:44 PM IST
The Maharashtra government has so far carried out thermal screening of 401 passengers deboarding flights in the state, and 676 passengers deboarding from 30 ships in the state for coronavirus.
Both patients, medical students who returned from virus-hit Wuhan in China on January 24, will be allowed to leave the hospital once the NIV confirms observations of the state health department.(PTI PHOTO.)
Both patients, medical students who returned from virus-hit Wuhan in China on January 24, will be allowed to leave the hospital once the NIV confirms observations of the state health department.(PTI PHOTO.)

Kerala waits for NIV reports to discharge both virus-negative patients

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2020 11:10 PM IST
The first patient’s (a woman student from Thrissur) samples proved negative at least five times and the second one thrice.
Medics screen Indian nationals after they were brought by an Air India aircraft from China's coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan, at the airport in New Delhi on February 2, 2020.(PTI File Photo)
Medics screen Indian nationals after they were brought by an Air India aircraft from China's coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan, at the airport in New Delhi on February 2, 2020.(PTI File Photo)

Chinese on Pune flight throws up, sent to hospital to test for coronavirus

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Steffy Thevar
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 05:14 PM IST
As soon as the flight landed at Pune airport, the passenger was immediately sent to Pune Municipal Corporation’s Naidu Hospital. His medical samples have been sent to Pune’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) for further inspection.
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Kotkapura resident suspected of coronavirus kept under observation

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Parteek Singh Mahal, Faridkot
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2020 09:55 PM IST
He had returned from Canada with a 9-hour layover in Shanghai, China, on January 27. He complained of symptoms akin to those seen in coronavirus patients to the health department on Monday
Hospital authorities said that Huamin had come to India from Madagascar on January 24. She fell ill and got admitted in a private hospital in east Kolkata. Since she was suffering from fever and headache, the doctors sent her to the ID Hospital on Sunday night. (Image used for representation).(FILE PHOTO.)
Hospital authorities said that Huamin had come to India from Madagascar on January 24. She fell ill and got admitted in a private hospital in east Kolkata. Since she was suffering from fever and headache, the doctors sent her to the ID Hospital on Sunday night. (Image used for representation).(FILE PHOTO.)

In Kolkata, Chinese globetrotter admitted in hospital; kept under watch

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2020 09:36 PM IST
The Chinese woman had fever and complained of headache. Doctors at the ID Hospital said they did not find the typical signs of the infection.
The spread of the disease is under control, according to the union health ministry’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) that monitors the situation.(Shutterstock)
The spread of the disease is under control, according to the union health ministry’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) that monitors the situation.(Shutterstock)

10 Congo fever cases in Rajasthan, Gujarat in August

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2019 01:40 AM IST
The CCHF is a tick-borne zoonotic viral disease transmitted from animals to humans. It kills up to 30% of those infected.
As on today, eight patients are there in the isolation ward and seven of them were found negative for the Nipah Virus.(HT Photo)
As on today, eight patients are there in the isolation ward and seven of them were found negative for the Nipah Virus.(HT Photo)

No new Nipah case in Kerala: Health ministry

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthpuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 12:43 AM IST
This is second year in a row that Nipah Virus Infection has been reported from the state. Last year, 17 people died and 18 were infected with the disease.
Forest officials collect bats from a well after the outbreak of Nipah virus, near Perambra in Kozhikode.(PTI File Photo)
Forest officials collect bats from a well after the outbreak of Nipah virus, near Perambra in Kozhikode.(PTI File Photo)

6-member team to assess preparedness in Kerala after suspected case of Nipah

UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2019 07:02 AM IST
According to the World Health Organisation data, India has reported three human outbreaks of the NVD so far, and the latest being in May 2018 from Kerala where 17 died and 18 people were infected.
Dr Keskar said that convincing parents in high refusal wards has been an uphill task.(HT Photo)
Dr Keskar said that convincing parents in high refusal wards has been an uphill task.(HT Photo)

BMC investigates measles outbreak

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Aayushi Pratap
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 08:06 AM IST
Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer, BMC, confirmed that they are investigating a measles outbreak.
According to the BMC, none of the patients who have been clinically diagnosed with measles have been vaccinated against the disease.(HT FILE)
According to the BMC, none of the patients who have been clinically diagnosed with measles have been vaccinated against the disease.(HT FILE)

Mumbai civic body to investigate measles outbreak

Hindustan Times | By Aayushi Pratap, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2019 12:38 AM IST
40 new cases reported; Patients from areas where locals, school officials have repeatedly refused vaccinations, says civic body
Samples collected from lions in Gujarat’s Gir Forest National Park continue to be tested for the symptoms of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which has killed 23 lions there since September 20.(AFP File Photo)
Samples collected from lions in Gujarat’s Gir Forest National Park continue to be tested for the symptoms of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which has killed 23 lions there since September 20.(AFP File Photo)

Gir lions continue to be tested for Canine Distemper Virus symptoms

UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 07:23 AM IST
Officials said more than 100 samples of swabs from nose, eyes and rectum have been tested so far with about 25 turning out to be positive.
Rapid Response team members during inspection at a house in Shastri Nagar in Jaipur.(HT Photo)
Rapid Response team members during inspection at a house in Shastri Nagar in Jaipur.(HT Photo)

Rajasthan health department on toes after first zika case reported

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2018 05:25 AM IST
The state health department has swung into action after the first case of Zika virus was reported at the Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur.
Animal Husbandry department and forest officials collect bats from a well of a house after the outbreak of 'Nipah' virus, near Perambra in Kozhikode on Monday.(PTI)
Animal Husbandry department and forest officials collect bats from a well of a house after the outbreak of 'Nipah' virus, near Perambra in Kozhikode on Monday.(PTI)

A rapid public health response can mitigate effects of zoonotic diseases such as NiV

UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2018 07:24 PM IST
India’s rapidly rising population and increasing animal-human conflict making it one of the world’s hotspots for emerging zoonoses
Hospital staff and family members of the patients admitted at the Kozhikode Medical College wear safety masks as a precautionary measure after the 'Nipah' virus outbreak, in Kozhikode, on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Hospital staff and family members of the patients admitted at the Kozhikode Medical College wear safety masks as a precautionary measure after the 'Nipah' virus outbreak, in Kozhikode, on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Nipah outbreak in Kerala: Experts suspect human-to-human transmission

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2018 03:13 PM IST
A team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is also in Kerala to investigate the source of transmission after NIV confirmed three deaths on Sunday.
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