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Now, test for Covid-19 at home and get result in 15 minutes

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The ICMR has granted approval to a Pune-based company for its new self-use rapid home-test kit for Covid-19 with results available in just 15 minutes.

Named ‘CoviSelf’, the country’s first Covid-19 home-test kit, priced at Rs 250, has been developed by Mylab Discovery Solutions, Pune, and will hit the markets within a few days. The company had also given India its first RT-PCR Test kit last year which is now commonly used for Covid-19 tests.

 

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Mylab Discovery Solutions currently has a capacity of 70 lakh test kits per week and will enhance it to 1 crore test kits by early-June, its Managing Director Hasmukh Rawal said.

The self-use test kit can be used by any symptomatic persons, or their immediate contacts of confirmed cases as per ICMR guidelines, and they can test themselves, go into isolation and get treatment quickly.

Rawal said that each kit would comprise the requisite testing materials, instructions for use leaflet and a biohazard bag to safely dispose it off after testing. The test is done using nasal swab as compared to the deep nasopharyngeal swab to reduce the user’s discomfort.

CoviSelf will provide the results in just 15 minutes, and each pack has a unique QR code which must be entered along with the test outcome to get a report on the App.

“Since this eliminates the need for sample collection by a healthcare professional, it will greatly ease pressures on the overburdened testing labs, besides reducing delays in the test results, which is more than 72 hours in some parts of the country,” said Rawal.

With its CoviSelf, MDS hopes to reach Covid-19 testing virtually to the doorsteps of every Indian to help them fight the second pandemic wave and any subsequent waves, as it can be bought without prescription from any pharmacy, said Director Sujit Jain.

“Most western countries have allowed self-test for their citizens and consider it as a powerful tool to break the chain. CoviSelf combines with Mylab’s AI-powered mobile App so that a user can know his/her positive status, submit the result to ICMR directly for traceability, and know what to do next in either case of result. We are sure this small step will be a big leap in mitigating the second and subsequent waves,” said Jain.

 

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India reports 43,509 fresh COVID-19 cases, recovery rate at 97.38 pc

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India reported 43,509 fresh COVID-19 infections, 38,465 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.

With this, the total recoveries have reached 3,07,01,612 and the recovery rate now stands at 97.38 percent.
The country’s active caseload climbed to 4,03,840 which constitutes 1.28 percent of total cases.

The Union Ministry also informed that the weekly positivity rate in the country remained below 5 percent and is currently at 2.38 percent. Also, the daily positivity rate is at 2.52 percent.

To continue the battle against the Coronavirus, the country ramped up its COVID-19 testing capacity substantially to 46 crores (46,26,29,773) tests so far.

Also, as far as the COVID-19 vaccination drive is concerned, cumulatively, 45,07,06,257 vaccine doses have been administered through 54,11,501 sessions, as per the provisional report till 8 am today.

“43,92,697 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours”, read the ministry’s release.
Less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported since 32 continuous days. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs, informed the ministry.

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160 fresh covid-19 cases, one death reported in J-K

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Jammu and Kashmir reported 160 new covid-19 cases even as one person succumbed to the contagion in the last 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday.

They said 60 of the cases were reported from Jammu Division and 100 from Kashmir Valley, taking the case tally to 321026.

Providing the district-wide details, the officials said that Srinagar reported 42 cases, Baramulla 20, Budgam 12, Pulwama 0, Kupwara 6, Anantnag 4, Bandipora 1, Ganderbal 13, Kulgam 1, Shopian 1, Jammu 8, Udhampur 6, Rajouri 6, Doda 8, Kathua 1, Samba 1, Kishtwar 2, Poonch 7, Ramban 7 and Reasi 14.

A number of these cases were confirmed at diagnostic labouratories of CD hospital and GMC Anantnag. The CD cases include male (43) from HMT, male (40) from Guzarbal, male (14) from Prichoo Pul, male (45) from Sirnoo Pul, female (70) from Tumlihal Pul, male (25) from Chakoora Pul, female (56) from Tral, female (50) from Kuchmulla, female (27) from Charsoo, female (15) from Doompora Pul, female (32) from Samboora, two males (23, 26) from B B Cantt Srg, female (48) from Lal Bazar Srg, two males (79, 98) and female (47) from Srg, male (45) from Pulwama, two males (75, 33) and female (70) from NA, male (30) from Drabgam, female (32) and male (45) from Batmaloo, male (25) from Bemina, male (42) and female (14) from Khanyar, male (39) from Hyderpora, male (37) from Zakura, female (50) from SR Gunj and female (42) from Baramulla.

The GMC Anantnag cases include female (22) from NA, female (27) from Jablipora Bij, male (48) from Tailwani, female (34) from Brienty, male (26) from Khanpora, female (62) from Kadder, male (68) from Aoudasoo, male (60) from Gadal Ang, female (60) from Nasoo Ang, male (70) from Kokernag Ang and male (20) from Fohar Siligam.

While there was one fresh death due to the virus, so far 4376 people have fallen victim to the pathogen in J&K—2140 in Jammu and 2236 in Kashmir.

Moreover, they said, 144 more COVID-19 patients in last 24 hours have recovered— 43 from Jammu Division and 101 from Kashmir, taking the number of people who have recovered in J&K to 315511. With this, there are now 1139 active cases—434 in Jammu and 705 in Kashmir.

There was no new confirmed case of mucormycosis (black fungus) reported today. So far 35 black fungus cases have been confirmed in J&K, the officials added.

 

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With 43,654 new infections, India’s daily COVID-19 cases rise again

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India on Wednesday recorded 43,654 fresh cases of COVID cases in the past 24 hours – the highest in three weeks, according to the Union Health Ministry. During this period, the country reported 41,678 recoveries and 640 COVID-19 -related deaths, the Health Ministry said.

The daily caseload is the highest in three weeks. Among the high COVID caseload states, Kerala continues to be the top-most contributor with 22,129 cases, the maximum in two months.

The active cases show a slight increase and currently stand at 3,99,436. 1.45 lakh of the total active infections are in Kerala.

The Union Health Ministry had on Tuesday reported a rise in daily new COVID cases in 22 districts across seven states, calling it a “cause for concern”. Seven of these districts are in Kerala, and two in Maharashtra, with the rest spread across the Northeast.

All this came a day after India recorded less than 30,000 fresh COVID-19 cases after 132 days while its active caseload fell below 4,00,000 after 124 days on Tuesday.

As many as 29,689 new coronavirus infections took the country’s tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,14,40,951 while 415 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,21,382, the data updated at 8 am showed on Tuesday.

The number of active cases dropped to 3,98,100 and comprises 1.27 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate improved to 97.39 per cent, it stated.

The number of active cases fell by 13,089 in a span of 24 hours, the data showed. As many as 17,20,110 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Monday, taking the total number of tests conducted so far to 45,91,64,121.

The daily positivity rate declined to 1.73 per cent. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.33 per cent, the ministry data stated. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,06,21,469, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent, it said.

The total number of COVID vaccine doses administered so far as part of the nationwide vaccination drive has reached 44.19 crore.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

The caseload crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4 and 3 crore on June 23. The 415 new fatalities include 135 from Kerala, 62 from Odisha and 53 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,21,382 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,31,605 from Maharashtra, 36,405 from Karnataka, 33,937 from Tamil Nadu, 25,044 from Delhi, 22,750 from Uttar Pradesh and 18,085 from West Bengal.

The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

 

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Covid-19 Stats

30 Jul 2021, 7:04 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

31,572,344 Total Cases
423,244 Death Cases
30,743,972 Recovered Cases

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