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The order came after industry secretary Hemant Sharma and managing director of Odisha State Medical Corporation Yamini Sarangi appeared before the Lokayukta, in connection with the alleged irregularities in the purchase of PPE kits and masks. (HT Photo)

Odisha Lokayukta orders probe into alleged scam in purchase of PPE kits

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:37 PM IST
The complainants also alleged that even other essential pharmaceutical goods and critical care equipment were purchased at much higher rates by the officials with an ulterior motive of wrongful gain.
Postal workers have been working non-stop during the pandemic, to ensure that medicines, medical reports etc reach their destination on time.(Photo: Twitter/IndiaPost)
Postal workers have been working non-stop during the pandemic, to ensure that medicines, medical reports etc reach their destination on time.(Photo: Twitter/IndiaPost)

World Post Day: Braving pandemic, postal workers emerge as Covid-19 warriors

Hindustan Times | By Mallika Bhagat, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2020 02:22 PM IST
On World Post Day (October 9) and National Postal Day of India (October 10), here’s bringing you how postal staff has been working round the clock to ensure distribution of everything right from testing kits to medicines and money.
Jamia Millia Islamia.(HT file)
Jamia Millia Islamia.(HT file)

Jamia Millia Islamia researchers develop saliva-based Covid-19 testing kit

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
PUBLISHED ON OCT 06, 2020 08:32 AM IST
The team of scientists from Multidisciplinary Centre for Advanced Research and Studies (MCARS) at JMI along with experts from other institutes have developed a RNA extraction free saliva-based detection technology for COVID-19, it said.
RT-PCR tests are done at 35 labs in Rajasthan, including those at government facilities where the test is done free of cost.(HT photo)
RT-PCR tests are done at 35 labs in Rajasthan, including those at government facilities where the test is done free of cost.(HT photo)

Covid-19: Rajasthan slashes rate of RT-PCR test at private labs

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 04:43 PM IST
The state government decided to slash the rate of test from Rs 2,200 to Rs 1,200 after consulting senior doctors and other experts, said the health minister
The institute conducts reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), GeneXpert, and Rapid Antigen tests to detect and confirm Covid-19.(HT File Photo)
The institute conducts reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), GeneXpert, and Rapid Antigen tests to detect and confirm Covid-19.(HT File Photo)

PGIMER pegs Covid-19 test costs at 8 crore a month

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Amanjeet Singh Salyal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 03:25 AM IST
Dr Jagat Ram, director, PGIMER, said the institute conducted nearly 30,000 tests a month for which estimated costs had been worked out and sent to the Central government.
Mylabs is India’s first local manufacturer of the gold standard RT-PCR tests for Covid-19, and Serum Institute has helped it increase its capacity.(REUTERS)
Mylabs is India’s first local manufacturer of the gold standard RT-PCR tests for Covid-19, and Serum Institute has helped it increase its capacity.(REUTERS)

Walk-ins may be key step as India looks to step up testing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 05:53 AM IST
According to experts in public health, industry and regulations, the country has the capacity to carry out a million tests a day but will need administrative will from across the states.
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.(HT file)
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.(HT file)

IIT Delhi, National Chemical Laboratory working on home-based testing kits for COVID-19

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 03:58 PM IST
The collaborative project with the NCL, which comes under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has also received financial support from Microsoft India and is expected to be ready in a month’s time.
Reddy said that following a directive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and under the leadership of Home Minister Amit Shah, the Centre and the Delhi government took certain decisions for the benefit of the people of the capital.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Reddy said that following a directive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and under the leadership of Home Minister Amit Shah, the Centre and the Delhi government took certain decisions for the benefit of the people of the capital.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Centre targets 6 lakh rapid Covid-19 tests in Delhi; to add 500 ventilators, 650 ambulances

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 06:43 PM IST
The Union Minister of State for Home said that as of now 50,000 rapid testing kits procured from South Korea have been sent to these 169 testing centres.
A similar situation is being witnessed in PPEs, where for a total requirement of over 20 million PPEs, 35 domestic manufacturers have stepped up to fulfil the demand, supplying 13 million PPEs(AFP)
A similar situation is being witnessed in PPEs, where for a total requirement of over 20 million PPEs, 35 domestic manufacturers have stepped up to fulfil the demand, supplying 13 million PPEs(AFP)

Enable Make in India to become the new normal, writes Amitabh Kant

By Amitabh Kant
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2020 06:19 PM IST
Indian entrepreneurs quickly recalibrated to produce vital supplies to combat Covid-19, showing their potential
The CM said that the lockdown had created two major difficulties. The first was that people were facing enormous hardship.(PTI)
The CM said that the lockdown had created two major difficulties. The first was that people were facing enormous hardship.(PTI)

Unlock Delhi, we’re ready: Arvind Kejriwal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 03:00 PM IST
Outlining the relaxations in the city from Monday, as per central guidelines, the Delhi CM said the state government told the Centre that barring the 97 containment zones in the city, which should remain sealed, the rest of the city should be declared a “green zone”.
A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of a motorcyclist on a road during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)
A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of a motorcyclist on a road during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)

In hindsight: Covid profited from our mistakes

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 10:29 AM IST
Looking back, there have been so many mistakes and so much misinformation that it is worth asking: could we have handled this better?
Antibody tests are done using a person’s blood, and results are available in 30 minutes to an hour as opposed to the RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests that take about five hours.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Antibody tests are done using a person’s blood, and results are available in 30 minutes to an hour as opposed to the RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests that take about five hours.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Domestic makers of rapid kits in a fix as ICMR halts their use

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 05:51 AM IST
ICMR asked states to return rapid testing kits sourced from China after its field assessment found them to be showing too much variation in results.
The ICMR stressed in a statement issued on Monday that rapid antibody testing kits should be used only for surveillance, and said it evaluated the kits from Wondfo and Livzon in field conditions.(REUTERS)
The ICMR stressed in a statement issued on Monday that rapid antibody testing kits should be used only for surveillance, and said it evaluated the kits from Wondfo and Livzon in field conditions.(REUTERS)

China says unfair to label its test kits faulty

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2020 02:14 AM IST
India has placed orders for hundreds of thousands of testing kits and millions of PPE kits with Chinese firms. However, several state governments reported wide variations in the results produced by kits from Wondfo and Livzon.
The change in Indian FDI regulations came against the backdrop of reports that Chinese firms were eyeing the acquisition of Indian companies hit by a fall in their valuation amid the economic slowdown.(Mint)
The change in Indian FDI regulations came against the backdrop of reports that Chinese firms were eyeing the acquisition of Indian companies hit by a fall in their valuation amid the economic slowdown.(Mint)

‘China, others should have no concerns about changes in FDI rules’: Govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 11:08 PM IST
China had on Monday asked India to revise what it described as a “discriminatory” change in FDI regulations aimed at preventing opportunistic takeovers of Indian firms amid the economic downturn triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
SD Biosensor rolled out the first batch of test kits at its Manesar facility on April 19, the Indian embassy in Seoul said in a statement.(Bloomberg)
SD Biosensor rolled out the first batch of test kits at its Manesar facility on April 19, the Indian embassy in Seoul said in a statement.(Bloomberg)

South Korean firm begins making rapid testing kits at Manesar facility

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 08:41 PM IST
The move comes against the backdrop of complaints from several state governments about the efficacy of rapid testing kits sourced from China.
The UT administration has set up an exclusive ward for Covid-19 patients at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/HT photo)
The UT administration has set up an exclusive ward for Covid-19 patients at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/HT photo)

No fresh Covid case, Chandigarh tally at 27

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 09:11 PM IST
As many as 14 people have recovered and no one has succumbed to the virus in the city so far
Most of the officials in Haryana health department maintain that they are following the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research.(HT PHOTO)
Most of the officials in Haryana health department maintain that they are following the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research.(HT PHOTO)

98% samples taken in Haryana test negative for Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Neeraj Mohan, Karnal
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2020 08:18 PM IST
So far, samples of 14,560 people have been sent for examination, 12,253 of which tested negative. Only 255 (about 2%) have tested positive for the infection, whereas reports of 2,069 samples are awaited.
A quarantined group of people is brought for screening tests by the district health department, on day sixteen of the 21 day nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Civil Hospital Sector 10 in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, April 09, 2020.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A quarantined group of people is brought for screening tests by the district health department, on day sixteen of the 21 day nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Civil Hospital Sector 10 in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, April 09, 2020.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The Centre must consider all these requests favourably, for it is both a question of the rights of states and the need of the moment(Bloomberg)
The Centre must consider all these requests favourably, for it is both a question of the rights of states and the need of the moment(Bloomberg)

Covid-19: A test of federalism| HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2020 06:23 PM IST
State governments need help. The Centre should be responsive
B J Government Medical College's Molecular lab prepares for coronavirus testing at Sassoon hospital in Pune on March 19, 2020.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
B J Government Medical College's Molecular lab prepares for coronavirus testing at Sassoon hospital in Pune on March 19, 2020.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Coronavirus update: With 400,000 kits, Tamil Nadu to ramp up Covid-19 testing

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Sowmiya Ashok
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 02:05 PM IST
India has been using the RT-PCR, or reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, test on nasal or throat swab samples of suspected patients to test for Covid-19. These tests can take between 12-24 hours to show results.
Medics in PPE kits during a demonstration on taking samples from COVID-19 suspected patients at a drive-through test facility in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 6, 2020.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Medics in PPE kits during a demonstration on taking samples from COVID-19 suspected patients at a drive-through test facility in New Delhi, India, on Monday, April 6, 2020.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Bihar orders 50,000 rapid testing kits to up screening of vulnerable pockets

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Arun Kumar
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 12:17 PM IST
Covid-19 positive cases have gone up to 60 until Friday morning, but the viral outbreak is restricted to 10 districts so far and mostly among patients with known foreign travel history.
There are seven labs conducting tests, including LLR Medical College Meerut, AMU in Aligarh, KGMU in Lucknow, PGI in Lucknow, BHU in Varanasi, BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur, UP Rural Medical College in Saifai.(Representative image/REUTERS)
There are seven labs conducting tests, including LLR Medical College Meerut, AMU in Aligarh, KGMU in Lucknow, PGI in Lucknow, BHU in Varanasi, BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur, UP Rural Medical College in Saifai.(Representative image/REUTERS)

Now, more samples can be tested in Uttar Pradesh

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 10:10 AM IST
KGMU has kits to test 1500 samples at present and more kits are arriving in the next 48 hours. KGMU has also been made nodal centre for distribution of testing kits to six other labs in the state.
Laboratory technicians sit next to boxes containing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kits at a sample collection centre in Ahmedabad(REUTERS)
Laboratory technicians sit next to boxes containing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kits at a sample collection centre in Ahmedabad(REUTERS)

Testing lag, PPE worries and Delhi hotspot: Covid-19 news from India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 10:52 AM IST
Here’s a list of top stories from Hindustan Times newspaper
Currently, a part of the Covid-19 test kits are procured from the US and Germany by ICMR-NIV and distributed to the testing laboratories across the country(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)
Currently, a part of the Covid-19 test kits are procured from the US and Germany by ICMR-NIV and distributed to the testing laboratories across the country(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)

Dedicated units to fast-track approval of new testing kits for Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2020 07:32 AM IST
Since February, ICMR’s apex virology laboratory, the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, has approved four of 15 new test kits that don’t have European Union or US Food and Drug Administration approval
PGI officials say more people are being trained as workload of the virology lab is expected to increase in the coming days.(Anil Dayal/HT)
PGI officials say more people are being trained as workload of the virology lab is expected to increase in the coming days.(Anil Dayal/HT)

Coronavirus in Chandigarh: At PGIMER lab, virologists are working 19 hours to test samples

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Tanbir Dhaliwal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2020 12:57 AM IST
Say it’s tough tackling rising rush of samples from across the region
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan chaired a meeting with Group of Ministers (GOM) on Coronavirus in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan chaired a meeting with Group of Ministers (GOM) on Coronavirus in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

GoM to review status of coronavirus preparations in country today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2020 07:47 AM IST
Twenty-three persons were confirmed to be positive for Covid-19 on Sunday by the National Institute of Virology, Pune.
Any vaccine developed in Israel will presumably also need to go through a similar or even stricter process before it will be approved for use, the daily said.(AP)
Any vaccine developed in Israel will presumably also need to go through a similar or even stricter process before it will be approved for use, the daily said.(AP)

Scientists in Israel likely to announce they developed coronavirus vaccine: Report

Jerusalem | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 08:11 PM IST
The normal process of development of such a vaccine requires a long process of pre-clinical trials on animals, followed by clinical trials.
Frontline doctors at the coronavirus epidemic epicentre of Wuhan are said to be using a 15-minute test kit to detect antibodies to the pathogen(AFP)
Frontline doctors at the coronavirus epidemic epicentre of Wuhan are said to be using a 15-minute test kit to detect antibodies to the pathogen(AFP)

China ready with rapid testing kits to detect coronavirus antibody in a patient

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2020 08:37 PM IST
Until now, China’s National Medical Products Administration has approved 10 new coronavirus nucleic acid detection reagents and 6 antibody detection reagents.
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